BSc (Hons)
Midwifery

Key Information


Duration

156 weeks

Typical Offer

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Campus

Brayford Pool

UCAS Code

B720

Academic Year

Course Overview

Midwives offer specialist support to mothers from the antenatal to the postnatal period, and work with a range of healthcare professionals to promote the best interests of a mother and her baby.

Underpinned by national policy, our midwifery degree focuses on women-centred holistic care, combining theory with practical placements. Successful graduates will be eligible to register as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Students will have the unique opportunity to be Newborn and Infant Physical (NIPE ) examination-ready at the point of qualifying. Newly qualified Midwives at the point of qualifying should meet with and discuss this qualification with the Practice Development Midwives/Education team to determine how their employer will support them in their transition from student to practicing as a NIPE midwife.

Why Choose Lincoln

Course underpinned by national policy

Become Newborn and Infant Physical (NIPE) examination-ready upon qualification

Access to specialist clinical suites which simulate hospital and home environments

Experience a wide range of practice placements

Register on completion as a midwife with the NMC

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How You Study

The course has been structured to encourage students to think critically and apply evidence to support their clinical practice. It is designed to meet NMC education requirements for student midwives, and is informed by national policy.

The programme is both theory and practice based. There are opportunities to experience a wide range of practice placements, ranging from the antenatal to the postnatal period, incorporating intrapartum care and covering the whole childbearing continuum, encompassing midwifery and consultant-led care. It examines a wide variety of physical, social, and psychological needs, equipping students with the knowledge to support patients during their transition into parenthood.

Students are able to undertake clinical practice within a non-midwifery setting, including in a medical, neonatal unit, and within a hospital gynaecology ward. Throughout the course, students can learn about how to ensure women are able to make informed choices and remain at the centre of the decision-making process.

Theory sessions can include lectures, seminars, enquiry-based learning, self-directed study, and simulation. Throughout their studies, students can be supported by academics, practice educators, and mentors.

Theory modules can include Respectful Family Centred Care; Applied Sciences in Midwifery; Holistic Midwifery Practice; Proactive Maternity Care; Responsive Care of the Newborn; and Innovation to Transformation in Midwifery Practice.

Modules


† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Bio-Psychosocial Foundations of Midwifery 2024-25MID1006MLevel 42024-25In this module you will learn body systems as applied to specific cases within midwifery practice. This will include the anatomy and physiology as well as the psychological and sociological aspects and theories associated with that case. The diversity of these cases will assist you in understanding and appreciating the knowledge base underpinning the care you provide. This module will help you to develop your skills and prepare you for your first placement.CoreDeveloping Holistic Midwifery Care 2024-25MID1007MLevel 42024-25This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of maternity care provision during the childbearing continuum. This will focus upon individualised holistic care focusing on choice and decision making, and working in partnership with women and their families. The module will introduce the concept of evidence-based practice and the knowledge required to effectively facilitate the physiology of childbirth and the newborn. These will include the psychological, social, emotional and spiritual factors that may positively or adversely affect the childbearing continuum.CoreEssential Midwifery Practice 2024-25MID1008MLevel 42024-25This module will require you to draw on your learning from the other modules in year one of your programme to begin to demonstrate your understanding of midwifery practice. These will include anatomy and physiology, and your development of midwifery care for women and their families. This module will include your preparation for practice, including the completion of mandatory skills required for you to practice safely. The placement attached to this module will give you the opportunity to develop skills surrounding the care of women/birthing people and their families. With high levels of direction and supervision from your practice supervisor and the practice team, you will engage in delivering midwifery care throughout the childbearing continuum. You will start to implement care by involving women in decision making and by starting to take responsibility for yourself and your role within the interprofessional team. This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2018) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’. With high levels of direction and supervision from your practice supervisor and the practice team, you will engage in delivering midwifery care throughout the childbearing continuum. You will start to implement care by involving women in decision making and by starting to take responsibility for yourself and your role within the interprofessional team. This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2018) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’.CoreProfessional Aspects of Midwifery Care 2024-25MID1009MLevel 42024-25As a health professional you will be working with a wide range of different people; including other professionals, colleagues, families, carers and the general public. Your accountability as a practicing midwife on registration is underpinned by the NMC Code and the professional standards of proficiency for midwives. This module will support your development of knowledge and skills in order for you to fulfill your role in practice both as a student midwife and on registration with the NMC. Cohesive interprofessional teamworking is also essential to facilitate successful and integrated healthcare services. Interprofessional teamwork is the means by which different healthcare professionals bring together their diverse knowledge, skills and talents to collaborate and achieve a common goal. Students will explore the law in the context of professional practice, including but not limited to the complexities of informed consent; support and advocacy for women and their families; providing care within the NMC Code (2018) and the importance of providing culturally sensitive individualised care in a diverse community. There is a requirement for student midwives to complete a numeracy assessment as part of their pre-registration programme. This module will build on other aspects of the year 1 programme related to numeracy, for example medicines management, and prepare you for your numeracy assessment.CoreApplying Midwifery Practice 2025-26MID2006MLevel 52025-26This practice module links to theory modules; Safe and Effective Midwifery Care, The Midwife as a Scholar and Public Health and Global Midwifery. This module module will enable you to continue to develop your knowledge and skills for midwifery practice . You will be required to continue to complete your Midwifery Ongoing Record of Achievement (MORA) by working in partnership with women/birthing people and families to achieve individualised compassionate care across the whole childbearing continuum.CorePublic Health and Global Midwifery 2025-26MID2007MLevel 52025-26This module will enable you to explore midwifery care from a global perspective, encompassing health promotion pre-conceptually and throughout the antenatal and postnatal period. The social and psychosocial determinants of health will be examined, recognising diversity and cultural considerations within health care. You will discuss life-style choices, disability, equality and perinatal mental health and further extend your understanding of values, ethics and the law. Throughout the module you will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of different medical conditions, their impact on a pregnancy and the impact of a pregnancy on the condition will be discussed in relation to health promotion.CoreSafe and Effective Midwifery Care 2025-26MID2008MLevel 52025-26This module will explore the identification and appropriate management of obstetric complications of childbirth, including care of the critically ill woman. You will learn how to prioritise care and make appropriate decisions within your scope of practice as a part of the interprofessional team. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills via real time simulation within a theoretical environment and gain confidence and competence in aspects of complex cases. Literature and national reporting systems will be explored to underpin decision making and management to ensure care is of a high standard in line with national guidanceCoreThe Midwife as a Scholar 2025-26MID2009MLevel 52025-26This module enables you to explore research in the context of midwifery practice. You will develop your understanding of the importance of evidence based practice and how it impacts on the delivery of midwifery services. Through your studies you will learn how to locate and critically appraise evidence, obtain an overview of different research methodologies and learn how to analyse and apply evidence and data. Ethical issues in research and the implications of planning service change will be explored.CoreCare of the Newborn 2026-27MID3006MLevel 62026-27In this module you will learn the skills required to carry out a safe and accurate assessment of a newborn child whilst taking account of the needs of the parent. Through your reading and your practice, you will develop the skills to undertake a comprehensive health and social history, understand the role of the midwife in the examination of the newborn, and understand the importance of making appropriate referrals. You will learn the importance of interprofessional and multiprofessional working. You will also learn how to provide sensitive support in the case of bereavement. Throughout the module you will underpin your learning with best evidence, and you will at all times consider the psychological, social, emotional and spiritual factors behind the examination of the newborn.CoreEvaluating Midwifery Practice 2026-27MID3007MLevel 62026-27This module is a continuation of Facilitating Care of the Newborn allowing students time to complete their NIPE proficiencies. Examining referrals and multi professional working as well as supporting women and families. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and implement care pathways in relation to newborn screening and health and continue to develop their communication skills within clinical practice.CoreThe Midwife as a Leader 2026-27MID3008MLevel 62026-27Leadership of self and others are fundamental aspects of the Registered Midwife’s role. You will build on what you have learnt throughout the programme and this module will help you to explore aspects of leadership and management of self and others in midwifery practice. It will also help you to look at the skills for facilitating learning in practice to allow you to supervise others. You will explore management and leadership theories and how human factors can influence and impact upon organisational culture, service delivery and care quality. You will further develop your knowledge of how to function effectively as a member of a team, motivating and supporting your colleagues. Collectively we will explore critical and constructive reflection as a registered Midwife preparing your for lifelong personal and professional development. This will include coaching and supervision skills and techniques to support and facilitate the development of others.CoreTransforming Midwifery Practice 2026-27MID3009MLevel 62026-27This module is about leadership and change in relation to service development with the aim of transforming midwifery services for the improvement of midwifery practice. This module will help you to understand the crucial aspects of midwifery service delivery including workforce, resource allocation and quality. You will be given the opportunity to critically apprise an aspect of service delivery and using best evidence and appropriate transformation methodologies, propose changes to an aspect of provision to improve the experience of those accessing the service.Core

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. In addition to the information provided on this course page, our What You Need to Know page offers explanations on key topics including programme validation/revalidation, additional costs, contact hours, and our return to face-to-face teaching.

Validation

This course is validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council who promote high education and professional standards for nurses and midwives across the UK.

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How you are assessed

The assessment methods selected for each module within the programme are designed to help you to integrate theory and practice, maximising your critical-thinking and analytical skills in order to develop a deeper understanding of your role as a midwife through reflection. In order to demonstrate competence and achieve the required NMC proficiencies, you will be assessed within both a theoretical and practical setting.

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Placements

On this course, you will be assessed in clinical practice by practice assessors and practice supervisors in all areas of midwifery including antenatal, intrapartum, and postnatal. Additionally, you can attend clinical placements in a non-midwifery environment. Please note, you will be responsible for your own travel, accommodation, and general living costs while undertaking placements.

Entry Requirements 2024-25

United Kingdom

112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels.

International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma from a minimum of 2 Higher Level subjects.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit or equivalent

T Level: Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English, Maths and Science, or equivalent qualifications, such as Functional Skills Level 2.

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and do accept a combination of qualifications which may include A Levels, BTECs, EPQ etc.

We may consider work experience alongside academic qualifications and will review this on and individual basis.

Certificates of all previous qualifications will need to be provided before any offers are confirmed.

Other requirements include:

- This course is not open for overseas applicants.
- In order to be eligible to apply, applicants born outside of the UK must have settled residential status.
- If you are now settled in the UK, and do not have GCSE English, you will require English Language IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element: http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements
- Successful performance at an interview.
- Knowledge of contemporary health and social care issues, and the nature of nursing in a public health context.
- Understanding of written material and can communicate clearly and accurately in written and spoken English.
- Satisfactory completion of Occupational Health Check.
- Satisfactory completion of an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

When you choose Midwifery in your UCAS application, you will be asked an additional question regarding criminal convictions. Here you must declare all spent and unspent criminal convictions including (but not limited to) cautions, reprimands, final warnings, bind over orders or similar and details of any minor offences, fixed penalty notices, penalty notices for disorder, ASBOs or VOOs.

We do not accept deferred applications for Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science or Social Work. You must apply in the year you wish to start the programme.

If your application is not successful, you may be offered the option of changing your application to either the BSc in Nursing (Adult) or BSc in Nursing (Mental Health). Any offers made would be subject to a successful interview (where an interview has not already taken place), spaces available, and meeting the course entry requirements.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/

For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Contextual Offers

At Lincoln, we recognise that not everybody has had the same advice and support to help them get to higher education. Contextual offers are one of the ways we remove the barriers to higher education, ensuring that we have fair access for all students regardless of background and personal experiences. For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit our Offer Guide pages.

Interviews

Interviews are conducted online in a group setting.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. To help support students from outside of the UK, we are also delighted to offer a number of international scholarships which range from £1,000 up to the value of 50 per cent of tuition fees. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course -Specific Funding and Bursaries

From September 2023, pre-registration undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare students can apply for the NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF).

If eligible, you will receive:
- A training grant of £5,000 GBP per academic year.
- Increased parental support of £2,000 GBP, if you have at least one dependent child under 15 years, or under 17 years if registered with special educational needs.
- Increased money back for excess travel and temporary accommodation costs (Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses) while you're on your practice placement.
- Students experiencing financial hardship (Exceptional Support Fund).

For more information and to see your eligibility, visit: https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-learning-support-fund-lsf

Please note, this government bursary is available to Home students only. Details on scholarships and bursaries available to Overseas and EU students can be found online: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/studywithus/scholarshipsandbursaries/

Please note that International students will not be eligible for support for travel and accommodation.

Course -Specific Additional Costs

Students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs relating to placements.

Placement expenses for travel, and accommodation may be reimbursed by NHS Bursaries where, for example, the requirement exceeds that of attending university; requires transport out of normal operating hours; or requires additional accommodation to that of the usual term time location. These expenses may need to be covered initially by the student before any applicable reimbursement is received.

The current rates for reimbursement can be found here: https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-learning-support-fund-lsf/travel-and-dual-accommodation-expenses

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