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Midwifery Pre-Registration BSc (Hons)

A unique role in healthcare, being a midwife carries a lot of responsibility, is demanding but also brings a lot of satisfaction. During the course you will learn to communicate and work with women from all reaches of society, striving to promote their health at all times while recognising your important role to women at each stage of maternity. 


Watch: Midwives and current students speak about the support and satisfaction they got from studying Midwifery at DMU.

September 2021 entry 

Due to significant demand for this programme, and taking into consideration capacity constraints with practical placements, applications to Midwifery for September 2021 entry are now closed. However, there are still options available for you to consider. 

You may choose to apply to study one of the other programmes offered at DMU. We have a wide range of courses available which start in September 2021, including; 

If you would like more information about the programmes on offer at DMU before making your decision, you can book to attend a DMU Digital Open Day. If you would like to discuss your options further don’t hesitate to contact our Enquiry team on 0116 2 50 60 70 or email 


Midwives are the lead professional for all healthy women with straightforward pregnancies. For women with complex pregnancies they work as the key coordinator of care within the multidisciplinary team, liaising closely with obstetricians, general practitioners, health visitors/public health practitioners and maternity support workers/maternity care assistants.

Midwives have an increasingly greater public health role aiming to meet the challenges of reducing inequalities and improving maternal and family health midwifery education, whilst rooted in normality prepares midwives to care for all women including those with complex medical, obstetric and social needs. It prepares and develops midwives to be skilled and safe, empathic and trustworthy, developing skills of autonomy and accountability within multidisciplinary and multi-agency teams

Financial support

From September 2020, all midwifery degree students will receive at least £5,000 a year with up to £3,000 additional funding available.


Key features

  • Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) with eligibility to register with the NMC upon graduation enabling extensive career opportunities in the UK and worldwide (subject to country-specific criteria)
  • The course is split evenly between theoretical teaching and practical placements, giving you the chance to develop your skills in NHS hospitals, midwifery-led units and community areas, with support from practising midwives.
  • You will study a range of topics including introduction to midwifery and professional practice, complexity in childbearing, critical skills for midwifery practice and new born baby theory.
  • Benefit from an established breastfeeding clinic hosted by students and staff, where you can put theory into practice working alongside lecturers who are all qualified midwives.
  • Awarded Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation, acknowledging DMU’s high standard of breastfeeding education and equipping you with the skills needed to support new mothers.
  • Gain international experience related to your studies through our DMU Global programme, which has enabled students to understand the healthcare provision in Amsterdam, witness midwifery care in Peru and teach children about health-hygiene in India.


At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

#DMU Global High Flyers Award
The #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (subject to terms and conditions).

Vice-Chancellor’s Sports Scholarship
Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000

Access Scholarships
The Access to Higher Education Scholarship offers £1,000 cash per year

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  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B720

Duration: Three years full-time (45 week year). You are expected to attend all timetabled sessions. When on placement you will be required to work a full time NHS shift pattern of 37.5 hours, to include weekends, bank holidays and night shifts.

Start dates: and September 2021 (21/22 entry)

Location: De Montfort University, Leicester UK Clinical placements throughout Leicestershire / Lincolnshire.

Fees and funding: 

2021/22 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

This course is not currently available to international students.


Entry criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including: English, Maths and Science. At least two GCSEs at grade B/6 or above are required 

Plus one of the following:

A Level

  • A minimum of 120 points from a minimum of three A levels, including at least one of the following subjects at grade B or above: Health and Social Care, Biology, Sports Science, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology or Sociology (General Studies is not accepted). Max 12 UCAS Tariff points can be accepted from AS/Extended Project only, no more.
  • PLUS 6-months work experience
  • Mature applicants need academic attainment normally no more than five years of joining the course


  • DDM in Health and Social Care/Applied Sciene/Science
    CACHE in Health and Social Care at grade B is accepted
    PLUS 6-months work experience
    Mature applicants need academic attainment normally no more than five years of joining the course

International Baccalaureate

  • 28+ including at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology at higher level
    PLUS 6-months work experience
    Mature applicants need academic attainment normally no more than five years of joining the course

Access course

  • AHE (Nursing and Midwifery)
  • AHE (Science)
  • AHE (Health Professions)

Pass in the QAA Access to HE with 24 level 3 credits in Pure Science (Human Biology, General Science, Chemistry or Physics) with 18 at distinction. 5 GCSEs including  English, Maths and Science are required as separate qualifications. Equivalency not accepted within the Access qualification.
We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

PLUS 6-months work experience

Mature applicants need academic attainment normally no more than five years of joining the course

DBS required: You must complete an occupational health check, declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service application form before starting the course (if you are overseas you will also need to submit a criminal record certificate from your home country), which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU's admission policy. 


Interview required: Yes, these will include numeracy and literacy tests. Professional conduct during the event will also contribute to the decision making regarding an applicant’s application.

The recruitment process for this course includes assessing applicants by the content of their personal statement and interview for the core values of the NHS constitution. Interviews are currently being conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams.

Work experience: Yes, minimum of 6 months.

Evidence of study in the last five years is required.

Please note that we do not accept childcare qualifications for midwifery.

Personal statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence
  • If relevant for the course - work and life experience
  • Evidence of relevant reading
  • Commitment for academic study and the demands of the programme
  • Capacity to take responsibility and participate in teamwork

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 7 overall when you start the course is essential, with a 7.0 in all componenets except writing which should be at least 6.5. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

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UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2021 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise



First Year

  • Caring and Compassion: Introduction to Midwifery and Professional Practice
  • Communication and Contextual Issues for Childbearing
  • Biological and Scientific Underpinnings of Midwifery Care

Second Year

  • Evidence-Based Holistic Midwifery
  • Complexity in Childbearing
  • Critical Skills for Midwifery Practice

Third Year

  • Dissertation
  • New Born Theory
  • Continuity and Midwifery Practice
  • Midwife as Leader

A wide variety of teaching and learning methods are used, putting you at the centre of learning. This includes enquiry based learning which encourages thinking and application of theory to practice.

You maintain an electronic professional portfolio throughout the course, which assists with your continuous assessment in practice. Theory is assessed by exams, assignments, case studies and presentations throughout.

You must attend all theoretical and practice-based teaching. The theoretical teaching is normally 30 hours per week but varies as the course progresses with more self-directed learning and additional reading.

Clinical practice placements are currently based on a 37.5 hour week but because of the shift patterns allocated they may be more one week and less the next. 

Teaching contact hours

Contact hours in a typical week can vary.

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: approx. 4 hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week

Medium group teaching: approx. 4 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: approx. 20 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: approx. 10 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

This programme is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and has been recognised for its high quality of its teaching, upon successful completion you are eligible to register and practice as a Register Midwife with the NMC.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences 


Substantial investment has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you expand your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff to ensure that you develop a precise and accurate practical ability in the clinical skills suites.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

Winner: Best University Careers and Employability Service
NUE Awards, 2021
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Midwifery Placement


Placements take place at NHS hospitals, midwifery-led units and community areas, giving you a variety of experience with opportunities to participate in innovative aspects of midwifery practice, such as case-holding practice, from the end of the second year.

You are mentored by a different midwife in each placement and work the same off-duty which can include nights, weekends and on-call duties, thus gaining understanding of total midwifery care. Midwifery lecturers are all practising midwives, and participate in student assessment.

An elective period is included in your second year, and this is an opportunity to witness maternity care in a different social, cultural and organisational environment as a representative of De Montfort University.

The elective is scheduled at a specific point in your programme and it cannot be undertaken at another time. Electives abroad may be supported by our ground-breaking #DMUglobal imitative. It is expected that learning in these alternative settings will enable you to think comparatively about the health care learning and experiences you encounter across your programme

Midwifery Graduate

Graduate Careers

The course enables you to practice and be entered on the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s register in the UK. Midwives can then apply to work in the EU as well as commonwealth countries such as Canada and Australia (subject to country-specific criterion).



International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.

Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.


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