Midwifery BSc (Hons) 2020/21 entry

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3 years full-time



Coventry University


September 2020



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Midwives play a pivotal role in supporting the health and wellbeing of women and their families during all stages of pregnancy, childbirth and the early postnatal period. Midwives often describe their role preparing women for the delivery of new life as 'privileged'.

Becoming a midwife means undertaking professional education at degree level. Some midwives are qualified nurses who have chosen to change career direction and undertake the extra study necessary to be registered as a midwife. Others begin their career by working their way up via support roles, such as starting as a maternity support worker, before going on to study for a midwifery degree later.

Ranked 4th for Nursing and Midwifery in the Guardian University Guide 2020, Coventry Univeristy provides you with the opportunity to learn in our multi-million pound Alison Gingell Building with up-to-date equipment and simulators. Strong student satisfaction is demonstrated by the fact that this course has achieved 100% overall in the National Student Survey in 2017/18 and 2018/19. See the facilities available in our brand new Alison Gingell Building.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following body:

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Nursing and Midwifery Council

The course is currently accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Currently, Coventry University also has UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) accreditation.

Our Facilities

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Mock Operating Theatre

Our Alison Gingell building includes a full-size mock operating theatre, containing scrub sinks and theatre lights. We also have a mock hospital ward so that we can study a complete patient pathway.

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Our facilities include a mock ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, to help simulate the patient journey. This gives students the opportunity to learn in situations that mirror real life scenarios.

Hospital Wards

Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

Patient testimonial

The Coventry University Midwifery Course provides a transformational course in a supportive environment allowing students to develop professionally and personally.

Helen Little Midwifery BSc (Hons) student

Course information

As a midwife, you will care for childbearing women and families in a changing society and, as such, this course aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills relating to contemporary midwifery practice.

In modern health and social care settings nursing and midwifery students are increasingly required to work towards becoming autonomous practitioners, taking a leadership role in decisions regarding patient care within multi-professional settings. They routinely have the most frequent and intense contact with patients and must be competent in recognising changes in patient condition so that appropriate action can be taken.

You will have the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects, including anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, psychology, sociology and research methods. This course will give you the opportunity to become immersed in learning about the needs of populations, individuals, related health and nursing services with an emphasis on using research to enhance and improve services. This is an integrated course where theory and practice are undertaken simultaneously. As the course progresses the amount of time spent in clinical practice will increase.

The collaborative course curriculum, which you’ll study alongside students from other health-related courses, has been developed in response to the need to produce professionals who are effective communicators, caring and compassionate, with good relationship building skills. It recognises the importance of inter-professional working within the health and social care workforce and comprises five core modules in the areas of: the foundations of communication and professionalism; the social determinants of health and wellbeing; evidence informed practice and decision making; working together to lead service improvement; and enhancing practice through evaluation and research.

We constantly review the course content and teaching to ensure we reflect the latest developments in the field and comply with the requirements for Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) accreditation. Where required by the NMC for accreditation, the course content may need to change and students will be notified of any such changes as soon as is reasonably practicable.

Course Specification
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The focus in the first year is on the acquisition of knowledge and skills for normal childbearing and the development of study skills.


  • Introduction to Midwifery

  • Medicines Management in Midwifery

  • Normal Childbirth

  • Woman-centred Midwifery Care

  • Developing Skills in Midwifery Practice

  • Foundations in Communication and Professionalism

  • Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing


The theme for year two is diversity in maternal and neonatal health with the focus on further development of knowledge and skills in normal midwifery and the acquisition of knowledge and competence to care for women and babies with complex health needs.


  • Promoting Healthy Lifestyles

  • Complexities in Childbearing

  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Midwifery

  • International Perspectives in Midwifery

  • Developing Skills in Parent Education

  • Evidence Informed Practice and Decision Making


During the final year of the course, you will have the opportunity to continue to develop midwifery skills and knowledge which should ensure your readiness to assume the full role and responsibilities of a midwife ready for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Your degree culminates with a literature review related to one aspect of nursing practice, equivalent to the standard dissertation, for which you will write a 5,000 word report.

Throughout all years, you will have the opportunity to develop skills in communication, health assessment, professional practice, evidence based practice, knowledge of public health and policy, as well as legal and ethical issues.


  • Emergencies in Childbirth

  • Becoming a Competent Practitioner

  • Clinical Decision Making

  • Autonomous Midwifery Practice

  • Enhancing Practice Through Evaluation and Research

  • Working Together to Lead Service Improvement

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.


Our Nursing and Midwifery courses are ranked 4th in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2020

In more detail...

  • Student satisfaction - 100% overall as reported in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2017- 18.
  • Fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) providing eligibility for registration to practice on successful completion.
  • Use of our extensive simulation facilities – from basic life support manikins to high tech simulation dummies, which emulate patient responses and test resuscitation skills. You will also have opportunities to use equipment found in the real world of practice, such as medical devices to assist with all elements of care and especially medication administrations.
  • Nursing and Midwifery at Coventry is ranked 7th best in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2019.
  • Outstanding track record of employability – 100% of BSc Midwifery students were in work in graduate midwifery roles six months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17).
  • Well established placements for midwifery students in Coventry and Warwickshire at the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.
  • Multimillion state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building provides facilities for teaching and research, featuring an operating theatre, critical care settings, community housing and other real life nursing environments relevant to practice.
  • There are also opportunities to undertake a range of interesting fieldtrips, including King’s Gordon Museum of pathology in London which is one of the largest pathology museums in the world (such field trips may be subject to an additional fee and are arranged by the Coventry University midwifery team. Places are not limited).

Midwifery practice aims to develop the professional values, attitudes and behaviours required to deliver safe and effective, holistic women-centred care. You’ll have the opportunity to cover the key concepts of midwifery practice and factors influencing care, for example, Better Births (NHS England 2016) and you;’ll also have opprotuntiies to develop clinical skills which underpin these care factors through practice in the simulation suites.

  • Evidence informed practice and decision making: Explores the principles and strategies of Evidence Informed Practice (EIP) to help enable you to apply, creatively, a wide range of sources of evidence for clinical decision making. You will be introduced to research perspectives (methodology and design), audit, health policy, and service user participation as methods to evaluate your EIP plans and interventions.
  • Communications and professionalism: Communication is highlighted as an essential skill for all health care professionals because it impacts on patient satisfaction. You will have the opportunity to develop the key professional attributes incorporating the six ‘C’s model of communication, commitment, courage, care, competence, compassion.

This course uses a wide variety of approaches to teaching and learning to suit individual learning styles. This includes a series of interactive lectures with associated seminars, skills lab activities and practical placements. All modules are mandatory to enable you to exit the programme with the knowledge, values and skills to be able to work within integrated care settings and enhance the delivery of care for service users, their families and carers.

The course is underpinned by an approach to professional care which is characterised by empathy, respect, dignity and kindness towards women and their families. We will encourage you to develop an in-depth understanding of the organisation and culture of modern health care systems, which should provide you with the confidence to be able to take a stronger role in the leadership and management of resources in delivering treatment and healthcare options to patients.

You will be introduced to the practice of midwifery in the midwifery skills laboratory and subsequently by working under direct supervision of a midwifery mentor in community and hospital settings, in which you will have the opportunity to experience the 24/7 nature of midwifery care. Placements in non-midwifery areas and the opportunity to work in midwifery triage areas, early pregnancy assessment units and day assessment units are included from Year Two. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a clinical placement in a local intensive and high dependency neonatal unit.

Placements are sourced for students by Coventry University and do not require additional fees or application processes to be made.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module but may include: Essays and reports, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), Presentations, online tests, mock interview, Triad and Dyad in clinical practice, literature review. You will also be assessed within practice placements.

Coventry University aims to ensure that our courses are fairly assessed and endeavours to monitor your progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

On successful completion of this course, you should have knowledge of:

  • The theoretical basis of midwifery practice to meet the NMC competencies, essential skills clusters and EU activities of a midwife.
  • The implications of current legislation, professional regulation, standards of performance and the NMC Code.
  • Current developments in midwifery and the biological, physiological, pharmacological, psychological and sociological knowledge related to childbearing.

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective individual and team leadership skills and apply quality monitoring initiatives.
  • Discuss service user and carer needs in respect of equity, fairness, antidiscrimination, rights, values, customs, culture, beliefs, sensitivity, diversity, lifestyle and environment.
  • Utilise and disseminate current research findings and other forms of evidence that underpin midwifery practice.
  • Transfer knowledge and skills to a variety of settings and adapt practice to meet varying, unpredictable and complex circumstances.
  • Seek clinical supervision to develop safe and effective midwifery practice.
  • Critically evaluate relevant research, possible interventions and the most up-to-date technology to support quality care delivery.
  • Critically analyse situations and incidents through reflective practice activities.
  • Plan, implement and monitor midwifery care, involving service users and carers.
  • Evaluate and revise expected outcomes, midwifery interventions and priorities in accordance with changes in the individual’s condition, needs or circumstances.
  • Demonstrate a range of essential midwifery skills and seek supervision to develop safe, compassionate, skilful and autonomous midwifery practice.
  • Consult with service users and carers to identify and respond to their need and desire for health promotion advice, education, support and the development of services.
  • Co-ordinate the delivery of midwifery and healthcare within one’s sphere of professional accountability, including people with complex and co-existing needs.
  • Provide safe and effective immediate care to women and their families.

As this is a full-time modular course, you are expected to allocate 40 hours per week to your learning, including up to 16 hours of teaching contact, self-directed study and reflection and 24 hours clinical practice.

Self-directed study provides time to undertake assessments, prepare for upcoming lectures and access tutorial support.

You will engage in a module entitled International Perspectives in Midwifery and have the opportunity to explore international midwifery practice by examining the role of the midwife alongside global variations in maternal and infant mortality. Socio-political and cultural differences among developed and developing countries are examined with their impact on childbirth outcomes. International strategies for promoting health and safe motherhood, including the Sustainable Development Goals, are also examined.

A two-week elective placement is incorporated into the courses. You may opt to experience maternity services abroad within Europe or beyond – typically one to two weeks’ duration (application and additional costs will apply). You will be expected to share your experiences with fellow students, and also benefit from the experiences of other students who have studied elsewhere.

During placements you will have the opportunity to provide care for women and families from a wide range of backgrounds. This first-hand experience enables you to set midwifery within a broad cultural context.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Patient testimonial

I wanted to pass on some feedback regarding one of the student midwives who looked after me, Chloe, who I believe is a second year student. What can I say, she was absolutely brilliant.

Chloe always made sure I was ok when observing and made sure I understood everything, answering any questions I had.

She was a kind, calm, patient, knowledgeable, polite, caring, professional and just lovely. She made a massive difference to me and my time in hospital. She will be a really super midwife (she already is really!) and I am grateful to have had her care.

Hannah Wood - 2019

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU164
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
ABB to include Science or Social Science. Excludes General Studies, Applied Science or Health and Social Care as a Science subject. DDM in Health and Social Care. 30 points to include 15 at Higher Level. Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A*- C including English, and Science. Within the minimum of 5 GCSEs you will also need Mathematics at a minimum grade 6 /B. You must have results certificates at point of interview.

Applicants may be required to attend for interview.You will also need to sit a maths test as part of the selection process.


A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

An overall pass in the Access to Higher Education Diploma (60 credits) with 45 Level 3 credits, 30 at Distinction (majority in biological subjects) & 15 at Merit.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

While Coventry University accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses, in some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Additional Information

Admission on the course is subject to a satisfactory health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service certificate.

Table of qualificationsUCASBTEC
GCE A2 Level Tariff points L3 Extended Diploma
A*A*A*       168 D*D*D*
A*A*A       160 D*D*D*
    152 D*D*D
A*A*C AAA     144 DDD
A*A*D AAB BBA*  A*AC 136  
  AAC BBA   128 DDM
  AAD BBB ABC 120  
      CCC 96 MMM

Patient testimonial

I wanted to pass on some feedback regarding one of the student midwives who looked after me, Chloe, who I believe is a second year student. What can I say, she was absolutely brilliant.

Chloe always made sure I was ok when observing and made sure I understood everything, answering any questions I had.

She was a kind, calm, patient, knowledgeable, polite, caring, professional and just lovely. She made a massive difference to me and my time in hospital. She will be a really super midwife (she already is really!) and I am grateful to have had her care.

Hannah Wood - 2019

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2020

£9,250 (per year)

UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Patient testimonial

I wanted to pass on some feedback regarding one of the student midwives who looked after me, Chloe, who I believe is a second year student. What can I say, she was absolutely brilliant.

Chloe always made sure I was ok when observing and made sure I understood everything, answering any questions I had.

She was a kind, calm, patient, knowledgeable, polite, caring, professional and just lovely. She made a massive difference to me and my time in hospital. She will be a really super midwife (she already is really!) and I am grateful to have had her care.

Hannah Wood - 2019

Career prospects

There are thousands of midwives in today’s NHS yet the continued rise in the number of births has led the Royal College of Midwives to predict a 3,500 shortfall of qualified professionals in England.

There is a strong practical emphasis on this course, with 50% of the course expected to be spent on placements. On graduating successfully from this course, you can apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (registration fee may apply), which enables you to practise immediately in either the NHS or independent practice. As a registered midwife, you’ll have opportunities to work with a range of other professionals including gynaecologists, GPs, health visitors, neonatal nurses and maternity support workers.

As well as helping you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them, the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ Employability and Placements Unit can provide you with support you when you are ready to begin your professional career.

There will be considerable opportunities for educational and professional development. Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) has always been as essential element within the role of the midwife. A range of continuing professional development modules and courses are available at Coventry University. Please visit our website for further information.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


of students were in graduate level employment 6 months after graduating

DLHE 2016/17

Where our graduates work

The majority of our graduates have found employment as qualified midwives in the NHS. As your career progresses, you may choose to specialise in a particular area of perinatal care and eventually apply for the role of consultant midwife. This would require you to provide clinical leadership for midwives and other healthcare professionals involved in maternity services.

As a registered midwife, you could work with specialist midwives such as bereavement midwives and ante natal screening midwives and also a range of other professionals including obstetricians, GPs, health visitors, neonatal nurses and maternity support workers

You could also aim to become involved in practice development or board level management within an NHS Trust.

Patient testimonial

…not only was the clinical experience based in some of the most pioneering, high quality hospitals in the Midlands, the lecturers were so supportive and dedicated to helping you to be the best midwife you could be. With exposure to everything from acute illnesses on high risk obstetric-led units to pool births on the birth centre, the experience you gain makes you incredibly employable as well as a well-rounded, highly skilled midwife.

Anna Marsh BSc Midwifery, Midwife at University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The university will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The university will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the university may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the university may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

Admission to this course is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and a successful interview. Find out about the application process

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