Birmingham City University

Midwifery with Foundation Year Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses, not just one particular BSc degree.
So although you apply to study a BSc in a specific course – in this case BSc Midwifery – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.

This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category - Health and Life Sciences; it allows you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.
You will need to be assessed for progression on to your second year, which would be the first year of your BSc-level degree.

Midwives are the first and main contact for the expectant mother, providing information on health issues, pregnancy, the birth and practical caring skills so that mothers can make informed choices about the services and options available. Our course will give you a wide range of experiences focused on the needs of women, you and your fellow students, service providers and the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You'll train using purpose built facilities including our Virtual Home Environment, commended by the NMC for creating live simulations for student to rehearse practical scenarios, while receiving continuous individual support and encouragement from both your personal tutor and course mentors. Our facilities include a home environment, birthing area and teaching tools, including use of a birth simulator and neonatal mannequins to help simulate a variety of birth scenarios. We have also been awarded the Unicef Stage 1 Baby Friendly Initiative. It's rare for a university to achieve this, which highlights just how detailed our best practice is around this vital area. Our staff are all registered midwives with a diverse range of clinical experience and interest. They work hard to ensure their teaching reflects every day up to date midwifery practice. Upon qualification you'll be eligible for registration with the NMC means you can practice in the UK and overseas. Extracurricular opportunities include international visits through our Go Abroad scheme.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code B72F
Institution code B25
Campus name City South Campus, Edgbaston
Campus code E

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points
A level CCC Only science based subjects such as Health and Social Care double award accepted
General Studies and Critical Thinking not included
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM Only Health and Social Care and Applied Science subjects accepted
Access to HE Diploma Access to Health or Access to Nursing and Midwifery - Non health subjects not accepted
60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3. and remaining 15 credits can be taken at either level 2 or 3. Within the level 3 credits, a minimum of 21 must be achieved at Merit or Distinction including 12 in health or science subjects. GCSE Maths & English achieved prior to application.
GCSE equivalents accepted only from Access Courses achieved prior to 2014, except for 2 Year Part Time Courses started within the 12/13 academic year. 12 Credits must be achieved at Level 2 + and certificate must state 'GCSE Equivalent'
AS Not accepted
Extended Project C Must achieve min of 128 UCAS point in combination with A level subjects overall.
Relevant Health or Science Subject
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 subjects at grade 4 Must include English, Mathematics and a Science (at min grade 4)
Equivalents are not accepted
Must have been achieved at the point of application.
HNC (BTEC) P Must have been achieved at the point of application.
HND (BTEC) P Must have been achieved at the point of application.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points points overall Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 12 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 96 UCAS Tariff Points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 96 UCAS points from 5 Irish highersPass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 96 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1).
Must include Health or Science related subjects
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma Health or Science Related Subject
Must be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualifications to achieve a minimum of 96 tariff points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Health or Science Related Subject
Must be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualifications to achieve a minimum of 96 tariff points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Health or Science Related Subject
Must be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualifications to achieve a minimum of 96 tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD Only Health and Social Care and Applied Science subjects accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) M Only Health and Social Care and Applied Science subjects accepted
Must total minimum of 96 UCAS points overall if combined with A level subjects
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 96 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades DDD. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).

General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Full award must be achieved plus another A level at minimum C grade in a science related subject
Must be combined with other acceptable Level 3 qualifications to meet 96 tariff points

More about foundation year programmes

By studying a foundation year in either Health and Life Sciences, Children, Childhood and Education or Sport and Exercise Science, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year – which would be the first year of a full degree programme.

You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc or BA degree.

So although you are studying a BA or BSc in a specific course – for example, Children’s Nursing, Health Studies, Midwifery among many of possible options – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.

This flexibility is one of the great things about foundation year categories (Health and Life Sciences, Childhood and Education or Sport and Exercise Science), allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.

Important Note:

Upon completion of your Foundation Year, if your chosen course is regulated by a professional body such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health and Care Professions Council or the National College for Teaching and Leadership, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment if these are required for your chosen programme.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 7.0

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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