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3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021
Application deadline: UK and EU - 15 Jan; International Students - 30 June

Program description


Do you want to make a difference, not just a choice?

Our midwifery program is an innovative, popular and rewarding career. Our program provides you with the skills and knowledge to become a registered midwife after 3 years and offering you the opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives; a value that few other professions can offer.

The role midwives play in preparing women for the delivery of new life makes them a vital presence during all stages of pregnancy, labour and the early postnatal period. You’ll be the expert on childbirth and so your responsibilities are diverse. As a qualified midwife you’ll provide full antenatal care, identify, refer and co-ordinate the care for women with high-risk pregnancies, monitor all women and support them during labour and teach new mothers how to feed and care for their babies. You will be working with women from a variety of backgrounds so you will need to be confident enough to communicate and support different people in a variety of situations

With 100% of our students satisfied with our course (UNISTATS) you will gain a comprehensive understanding in a supportive environment around both the science and art of midwifery. The science of midwifery includes biological principles, research, methods of inquiry, decision making, assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care. Whilst the art of midwifery focuses on communication and the approach to delivering care, encompassing genuine caring, respect, sensitivity, and valuing the uniqueness of individuals in a culturally diverse society. This will enable you to deliver high quality midwifery care in a rapidly changing environment.

You will be taught by motivated and knowledgeable lecturers in the field of midwifery who are influencing healthcare across Wales and beyond through engagement and research. This is demonstrated by our University being part of the only Collaborating Centre for the World Health Organisation in Europe focused exclusively on midwifery development

You will specialise in midwifery from the start of the course and you will practice your skills in our clinical simulation suite which enables you to learn in a realistic midwifery ward with simulated mother and baby. These lifelike simulations mean you can safely practice and develop essential skills, developing your confidence and expertise before going out into placement.

You will spend approximately 50% of your time on placement. We have close working relationships with two large service providers in South Wales and so your learning will take place both in hospitals and in the community in a range of environments, enhancing experience in caring for women from a variety of cultures with differing needs. You will benefit from placements supported by experienced midwife educators to help you in becoming the best midwife you can be. During your first year you will participate in the care of women in low risk environments such as community teams and midwifery led birth units. In your second year, the emphasis will move to high risk and complex care needs of mother and baby and placements will in the main be in obstetric led units. You will also experience placements in accident and emergency department, gynaecological wards and neonatal units. There is also an opportunity for you to undertake a placement learning opportunity in a different environment, either within the UK or overseas.

This degree will lead to eligibility to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Midwife. On qualification, you can work in a range of healthcare settings, both in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Above all else, we strive to ensure that our graduates are ready for the next step in their career and the many opportunities that await them. That’s why 100% of our midwifery students are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (UNISTATS).

International Students

We regret that this course is unable to accept applications from international fee-status applicants.

Distinctive features

As a midwifery program, with a family feel, we’ll help you to enjoy an academically rich and fulfilling experience throughout your time at Cardiff University. Here are some of the key features of why we think our program will make you the best Midwife that you can be:

  • Our program is validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC);
  • The School is designated as a Collaborating Centre for Midwifery Development with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the only such unit in the European region. This initiative is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the important work of WHO and to strengthening the Midwifery profession across Europe;
  • You’ll have the option to choose a fully funded place on the program. A full NHS bursary, including tuition fees and a non-repayable bursary for living costs, is available for this program providing you agree to work in Wales for two years after qualifying;
  • During year two, there is an opportunity for you to undertake a placement learning opportunity in a different environment, either within the UK or overseas;
  • We have a highly-equipped clinical simulation suite which enables you to learn in a realistic midwifery ward with simulated mother and baby. These lifelike simulations mean you can safely practice and develop essential skills, developing your confidence and expertise before going out into placement.
  • You’ll be studying at a Russell Group University which supports a strong research profile and evidence-based learning. This is evident throughout the program, with application and implementation of research and evidence based practice being key to all learning and teaching activities. This is enhanced by the School's Chair of Midwifery, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Professor of Midwifery, Reader and Research Associate roles. Students and graduates will be equipped with the capacity to develop their knowledge, and where possible, participate in research studies and to contribute to collaborations locally, nationally and globally
  • The School provides courses recognised by the UK Health and Care Professions Council in occupational therapy, operating department practice, physiotherapy, diagnostic radiography and imaging and radiotherapy and oncology. It also provides pre-registration courses in nursing and midwifery. This contributes to a vibrant interdisciplinary environment, with opportunities for shared learning and inter-professional education not available at many institutions;
  • 100% of our midwifery students are in employment or further study after 6 months of graduating (UNISTATS).

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

  • Personal and Professional Development and Communication 1
  • Midwifery 1: Midwifery and Society
  • Midwifery 2: the Midwife and Normal Childbirth
  • Clinical 1: Foundation in Midwifery Practice
  • Personal and Professional Development and Communication 2
  • Midwifery 3: Exploring the Evidence Base for Midwifery Practice
  • Midwifery 4: Understanding Complexity in Midwifery
  • Clinical 2: Developing Midwifery Practice
  • Midwifery 5: Evolving Midwifery Practice
  • Midwifery 6: Competent, Autonomous Midwifery Practice
  • Clinical 3: Safe and Effective Midwifery Practice

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for students from UK/EU and Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £9,000

This course is not available for international students.


What skills will I practise and develop?

You will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’.

These include your own personal management and development, and the ability to:

  • Take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development;
  • Project plan time and tasks;
  • Work independently and meet deadlines;
  • Collect and record data;
  • Analyse, interpret, synthesise and evaluate data;
  • Problem solve and reach realistic conclusions;
  • Produce academic work that is accurate and conforms to the appropriate level;
  • Communicate ideas in a clear concise manner.

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Cardiff University

Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...

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