University of Brighton

Midwifery (18 months)

  • Course summary and entry requirements

    Course duration Help

    Full-time: 18 months

    UCAS code B721

    Professional accreditation

    The course leads to registration as a midwife on part 2 of the NMC single professional register.

    About the course

    Midwives have a unique role working with women and their families. Midwifery relationships facilitate not only the physiological processes of pregnancy, giving birth and the initiation of the early mother baby relationship; but also the growth and development of each woman preparing her for her role as a parent.

    This course is designed for registered nurses on Part 1 of the NMC register. It examines the professional role and practice of the midwife and develops practitioners who recognise the unique relationship and partnership that exists between mother and midwife.

    Typical entry requirements Help

    The entry requirements listed here are for students starting their course in 2014.

    Applicants whose predicted grades fall below these requirements, but who can demonstrate a high commitment to the subject discipline or have relevant work experience, are still encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.

    For non-native speakers of English:
    IELTS 7.0 overall, 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other three elements.

    Current registration on the NMC Professional Register as a nurse (adult, first level). 60 level 5 credits. Subject to occupational health screening and DBS enhanced disclosure and satisfactory professional and academic references. Evidence of accredited academic study within past five years. Ability to meet travel requirements. Ability to follow a shift pattern covering 24 hour/7 day cycle.

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  • Course content

    Course structure

    The course is offered in conjunction with local NHS Trusts in Brighton, Worthing, Haywards Heath, Eastbourne and Hastings. Students become employees of the respective trust, subject to contract and conditions of employment. Theory is delivered in study blocks of one-three weeks and practice placements are for four-six weeks.

    Areas of study

    The course is divided into two stages.
    Stage one consists of four modules and provides you with the foundation knowledge of midwifery practice, its professional framework and the physiology that informs practice. It also builds on and further develops research critiquing skills. The focus is on promoting normality in childbirth and the integraton and application of evidence and research in the provision of care to women, their babies and family. Modules are delivered over a six month period acknowledging the prior professional practice and skills of the students.

    Stage two consists of five modules and is delivered over the last 12 months of the course. The focus is on building on existing knowledge and skills and on developing knowledge and skills to support and care for women, their babies and family who have complex or additional needs and in the management of midwifery emergencies. During this stage, you will carry a small case-load and have the opportunity to undertake a short placement in Europe or elsewhere in the UK. The latter part of the course provides you with the opportunity to further develop your midwifery and clinical decision making skills and prepares you for employment as a midwife.


    Stage 1
    Art and Evidence of Midwifery
    Scientific Basis of Midwifery Assessment
    Developing Competent Midwifery Practice
    Appreciating the Research Process in Midwifery

    Stage 2
    Complex Midwifery Needs
    Emergencies in Midwifery Practice
    Becoming an Autonomous Midwife
    Developing Proficient Midwifery Practice
    Enquiring into Midwifery Practice

    You can view the programme specification for this course as a PDF file by clicking on the link below:

    Programme Specification

  • Fees and costs

    Tuition fees for this course are paid by the NHS.  

    Further information can be found on the NHS student bursaries website


  • Location

    Location Help Eastbourne

    Eastbourne is a thriving town which offers traditional seaside attractions, modern nightlife, good shopping and a wide range of sporting activities. It’s one of the sunniest places in the UK.

    Our Eastbourne campus is located at the foot of the South Downs National Park, about ten minutes walk from the seafront and 20 minutes from the pier and Eastbourne town centre. Almost 3,000 students are based here.

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    Living in Eastbourne

    Eastbourne’s buzzing university community and compact town gives it a laid back and friendly feel. The town combines the traditional seaside attractions with modern nightlife, a wide range of sporting activities and an exciting arts scene.

    Social scene

    The student community in Eastbourne ensures it has a thriving social scene, with dedicated student nights at many of the town’s pubs and clubs. Eastbourne’s expanding nightlife includes trendy cocktail bars, laid-back country pubs and modern nightclubs.

    Fireworks over the pier


    The striking Towner contemporary art museum in Eastbourne features international exhibitions as well as a permanent art collection. Eastbourne's six theatres give you a chance to see West End musicals, touring shows, live music and comedy.

    The Towner contemporary art museum


    Eastbourne has long been the home of pre-Wimbledon tennis tournaments at Devonshire Park. Eastbourne also hosts an extreme sports festival and the Beachy Head Marathon that takes place across the South Downs National Park.

    Eastbourne Extreme sports festival
  • Staff profiles

    Midwifery (18 months)

    Fawzia Zaidi, Course leader

    I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1987 and as a Midwife in 1989, and most of my midwifery experience has been in London teaching hospitals. It is through working with diverse populations that I developed an interest in the promotion of cultural awareness.

    I became interested in education whilst teaching diversity and culture as an invited visiting lecturer to student midwives. I completed an MSc in Advanced Midwifery Practice in 1995 and a PGCHSCE in 2002. I joined the university in 2003 and teach across the pre-registration midwifery curriculum, and I was appointed course leader to the 18-month Midwifery BSc (Hons) course in February 2010.

    My research interests are around valuing individual cultures, assessment of practice, OSCE assessment and clinical decision making in the clinical setting. I developed a combined global and structured OSCE assessment and a tool for the grading of clinical practice for the pre-registration midwifery courses.  My current interest is around clinical decision making in the simulation setting. I have also recently contributed to a joint project with Monash University, Australia on the recognition of and response to midwifery emergencies in the simulation setting. .

  • Student views

    Midwifery (18 months)

    Emma Bevan, Midwifery BSc(Hons) 18 months

    The support I have received at university and in my clinical placements has made my midwifery training as special as I hoped it would be.

    Sarah Morley, Midwifery BSc(Hons) 18 months

    I have been waiting to start this course for a long time and it has been so worth the wait. I love the delivery suite and love the lecturers. I can’t wait to get out there and start working. 

  • Career opportunities

    This course provides you with an excellent foundation both for working in a range of contexts providing midwifery care and for further professional development in clinical practice, management, education and research. The award of BSc(Hons) Midwifery will enable you to access further academic study at masters and doctoral level.

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  • More...

    Excellent Facilities                       

    The School of Nursery and midwifery has an excellent reputation for teaching clinical skills with a dedicated clinical skills facility where students can practice skills in a safe and supervised environment.  Courses are taught on the Eastbourne campus, and placements take place around a range of locations across Sussex including Eastbourne, Hastings, Brighton, Haywards Heath and Worthing.

    Other student support services include the university’s careers centre, welfare service, a counselling service, chaplaincy and childcare provision.  Students can also join the Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Society (NAMPS): our student society. 

    Practice Learning

    Practice placements are integral to your course and students work under the supervision of a mentor, gaining experience in antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care.  Students are given a named supervisor of midwives from their clinical trust and are encouraged to engage in dialogue with their nominated supervisor as part of their ongoing development.

    It is intended that students will follow two women from booking to discharge postnatally to observe the childbirth experience from the women’s perspective.  This will also give the student some insight into the concept of caseloading.

    For your primary care experiences you will be allocated to placements in a variety of locations across East and West Sussex in health centres and community settings and may include experiences in the independent and voluntary sectors.  This rich variety of settings gives you a comprehensive experience of contemporary health care.  Midwifery students on community placements are deliberately placed away from their home in order to avoid contact with a patient who may be a friend of relative.

    Students who opt for the international experience can do so with one of our 27 partner colleges throughout Europe and the USA for a two to four week stay. For three month Erasmus exchanges, placements are in Denmark, Sweden and Spain with free access to some language preparation.

    Centre for Health Research

    The centre for Health Research (CHR) responds to a broad health agenda through research that spans the continuum from the study of factors maintaining and promoting health and wellbeing, to helping health professionals deal effectively with illness, disease and recovery trajectories.

    The CHR prides itself on its European and international research links and these, together with its close association with NHS researchers through the co-located  NIHR Research Design Service South East provide a vibrant environment for researchers and students who want to carry out research that results in positive changes to policy and practice.

    As part of its commitment to research-led practice and a research-informed curriculum, staff from the centre regularly act as external speakers, advisors and experts to national and international bodies, as well as providing lectures and seminars internally. In addition, the centre's monthly seminar series provides opportunity for staff and students to debate and critique progressive research and methodological positions.

NHS funded course with bursary

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