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BA (Hons) Midwifery Practice

University of York
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

About this program

BA (Hons) Midwifery Practice

Prepare for a challenging and rewarding professional career.

This course will equip you to be a safe, clinically competent, reflective practitioner and leader within contemporary midwifery, maternity, and healthcare.

Our course philosophy focuses on both the art and science of midwifery. Alongside developing your understanding of the biology of pregnancy and childbirth, you’ll gain the interpersonal skills you need to work with women, families and colleagues and provide compassionate care in a variety of social and cultural contexts.

Through a range of academic and practical modules you will gain skills and knowledge to enable you to provide evidence-based holistic, person-centred care. We keep our cohorts small, meaning you’ll have all the support you need to progress through your course.

By the time you graduate, you’ll be ready to become a leader in contemporary midwifery.

Admission requirements

  • A levels: ABB

We do not accept General Studies or Critical Thinking

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: Pass 60 credits with at least 45 credits achieved at Level 3. You must achieve 30 level 3 credits at distinction and 15 level 3 credits at merit. At least 15 level 3 credits should be in science subjects. We will not normally consider applicants who have progressed to an access course within three years of taking A levels and failing to achieve the necessary grades for entry to the course.
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma: DDM
  • For the Diploma in Early Years or Certificate in Early Years (Theory and Practical), we require DDD
  • Cambridge Pre-U: D3, M2, M2
  • European Baccalaureate: 75% overall average
  • International Baccalaureate: 34
  • Other qualifications: Other qualifications are accepted by the University. Please contact the department for more information.

Additional requirements

You should also hold GCSE English Language, Maths and Science (at Grade C/4 or above) or equivalent qualifications.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component
  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language): Grade C

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Program content

Year 1

Core modules

  • Foundations for midwifery practice 1
  • Foundations for midwifery practice 2
  • Foundations for midwifery practice 3
  • The transition to professional self
  • Midwifery practice 1
  • Midwifery practice 2

At the end of Year 1 you'll undertake a medical or surgical four week placement to develop some generic nursing skills that are transferable to midwifery practice.

Year 2

Core modules

  • Professional and legal frameworks regulating midwifery practice
  • Public health in midwifery
  • Applied midwifery practice
  • Knowledge and evidence informing midwifery practice
  • Complicated maternities
  • Professional relationships
  • Midwifery practice 3
  • Midwifery practice 4

At the end of Year 2, you'll have the opportunity to go anywhere in the world on elective placement for four weeks to learn about midwifery in different settings. Some students choose to do two two-week placements.

Year 3

Core modules

  • Empowered midwifery practice
  • Emergency management in midwifery practice
  • Midwifery dissertation
  • Skilled companionship in midwifery
  • Preparing for professional practice
  • Midwifery practice 5
  • Midwifery practice 6

During your third year you'll begin case loading for a small number of women you care for. This will enable you to care for women throughout the pregnancy and childbirth continuum.


  • UK (home) fees: £9,250 per year
  • International and EU fees: £22,650 per year



After completing this degree, you'll be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the professional regulatory body for nurses and midwives in the UK.

Theis course is also fully accredited by the Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) which sets standards to facilitate effective parent baby relationships and choices regarding infant feeding.

Transferable skills

  • Communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Decision making
  • Dealing with pressure in the workplace
  • Leadership

Career paths

  • Community midwife
  • Consultant midwife
  • Specialist midwife
  • Research midwife
  • Midwifery manager
  • Lecturer in midwifery
  • Hospital midwife
  • Birth centre midwife

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University of York

Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. Since then we have become one of the world's leading universities, carving out a reputation as an academic powerhouse...

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