Midwifery at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS

Course summary

OVERVIEW UWS's BSc Midwifery will prepare for a rewarding career as a professional midwife, providing you with the knowledge, skills, practical experience and confidence to become a professional midwife. As teaching on this degree is 50% work-based learning, you’ll be able to put the theory you learn in the classroom into practice in real-life clinical environments. Our BSc Midwifery offers you the chance to join the profession as an accountable and lead practitioner working with and supporting women throughout their pregnancy and childbirth experience. PRACTICAL FOCUS Work-based learning makes up 50% of the BSc Midwifery and you will spend time on placement with our local healthcare partners: // NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde // NHS Highland // NHS Lanarkshire // NHS Dumfries // NHS Ayrshire & Arran In addition, UWS’s Lanarkshire Campus is equipped with state-of-the-art midwifery skills and simulation facilities, including a birthing room with a maternal simulator.  PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION Upon graduation, you’ll achieve registration as a Registered Midwife with the UK's Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). CAREER PROSPECTS Jobs This degree will prepare you for a successful career in Midwifery. Most graduates use their registration to become professional midwives or to move into wider fields of public, sexual and family health. Further Study Many of our graduates complete further study to enhance their career opportunities or improve their practice through taught postgraduate-level awards such as PG Cert, PG Diploma, MSc in health-related subjects. Some then progress from postgraduate taught studies to undertake programmes of research for the degrees of MRes, and even DProf and PhD.


In Year 1 you will receive a broad introduction to midwifery, learn about health and public health concepts, transition to parenthood and the role of the professional midwife. You will develop knowledge and clinical practice through modules which include anatomy and physiology, professional midwifery and essential midwifery practice in addition to clinical placements across a range of maternity services.   In Year 2 you will study complex midwifery and develop knowledge and understanding related to medical, obstetric and social factors which influence midwifery care. You will also study newborn care and the newborn infant physical examination . Modules include complex midwifery, complex care in practice and perinatal mental health. Practice placements include women’s health and neonatal areas. In Year 3 you will continue to develop your midwifery knowledge, decision-making and practical skills. You will also develop and demonstrate the professional standards required for registration as a Registered Midwife. You will study modules including: preparation for registered practice, global midwifery and meeting family and lifestyle needs. As well as spending time on placement you will undertake an independent research project on a related topic of your choice.

Assessment method

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical workshops using simulation in our skills laboratories. There will also be group work, literature reports and research projects in order to ensure our degrees provide a strong set of additional skills, such as presentational and communicative skills. Our Midwifery degree uses a variety of assessment methods. The below list provides a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect: // Written and online class tests // Oral presentations // Written reports // Coursework // Academic posters // Practical examinations (OSCEs)

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application codes

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Lanarkshire Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level in accordance with guidelines from the UK's Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). These are shown below.

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Year 1 SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Any subject considered however Care & Administrative Practice preferred plus Higher English and Mathematics at National 5 / Intermediate 2 / Standard Grade Credit Level.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests


Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Institutions Own Test (IOT)


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7IELTS 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in Reading, Listening and Speaking components and 6.5 in the Writing component

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. However, for Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) (eg. BSc Adult Nursing, MSc Adult Nursing, BSc Mental Health Nursing, MSc Mental Health Nursing, BSc Midwifery and MSc Midwifery), applicants are require to have a higher English language ability than the majority of other courses at UWS; this requirement is governed and controlled by the NMC. The reason for this is that it’s essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language to get the most out of your time at UWS and in placements. All international applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards, with the exception of: // Native speakers of English // Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise) // non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (your institution must provide confirmation of your English language ability in the absence of a formal qualification) The qualifications above must have been gained within two years prior to the start of your course at UWS.

UWS's English language requirements


Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £17250* Year 1
International £17250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

TUITION FEE INFORMATION - SCOTTISH STUDENTS: Eligible Scottish domiciled students can usually apply to have their tuition fees paid for them each year of their studies by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). If you're not sure about your eligibility, you should contact SAAS. You need to apply to SAAS each year of study to have your tuition fees paid directly to UWS. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - UK, IRISH & GIBRALTARIAN STUDENTS: Eligible students who are domiciled in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland as well as from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar or the Republic of Ireland will qualify for tuition fees of £9,250 per academic session of study to a maximum of three years if you are studying on a four year bachelor degree course (eg. BAcc (Hons) / BA (Hons) / BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons)). So, if your degree is four years' duration, you will only be charged tuition fees for three years. Similarly, if you are studying a five year integrated master's degree course (eg. MEng (Hons)) the you will only be charged tuition fees for four years. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) & EU STUDENTS: These tuition fees apply to all non-EU, EEA, and all other EU students (excluding those from Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar, whose fee level is as per UK (non-Scottish) students - see section above for more details). ADDITIONAL COSTS: The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career. In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs such as consumable study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms. You may also want to purchase some core texts and technology such as a new laptop etc. Some of these additional costs are optional, some, such as uniforms or safety equipment may be mandatory. Check the course entry on our website for more more information.

Sponsorship information

Two new scholarships are available for application for eligible students on this degree. // The Men into Nursing Bursary will see one male nursing student being awarded £5,000 annually to support the student experience in the first the first two years of undergraduate study on our BSc Adult Nursing, BSc Mental Health Nursing or BSc Midwifery degrees. // The Myra McMurdo Nursing Bursary will see £750 being awarded to seven students, who have received a conditional place on our BSc Adult Nursing, BSc Mental Health Nursing or BSc Midwifery degrees. These will be delivered on an annual basis and will support them through their nursing placements. Visit UWS course entry for more informaiton on both bursaries.

Midwifery at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS