BSc Midwifery (Short Programme)

Qualified nurses can take the extra step to become a qualified midwife on this 85-week course.

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Course overview

This shortened programme in midwifery is for adult nurses on the NMC register at level 1. On it, you'll gain the skills and self-confidence to support women during the various stages of pregnancy, labour and the early postnatal period.

At the end of the course, you'll be a qualified midwife, capable of providing a safe and satisfactory experience for the childbearing woman, her baby and family. You can also study this programme at Postgraduate Diploma level.

Applications are made directly to the University, please visit our Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions page for further information.

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Six reasons to study Midwifery (Short Programme) at Hull

  1. Learn in our new £28-million Health Campus
  2. Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  3. Study at BSc or postgraduate Diploma level
  4. 50/50 split between classes and placements
  5. Career opportunities across the NHS and overseas
  6. Short course for adult nurses on the NMC register

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Core

    Childbirth 1

    Focus your knowledge and skills on women-centred care when pregnancy and birth are physiologically normal.

    Public Health and Midwifery 1

    This module considers maternal and infant health using a population approach. Aspects of epidemiology and demographics will be used to demonstrate the influence of various medical, social and political factors on the health of families. You'll explore the midwife's role as a public health professional in relation to health promotion, health education, screening, prevention, support and treatment.

    Practice Module S1 (PG1)

    This module introduces you to the role of the midwife in the provision of maternity care and facilitates the transition to professional practice in midwifery. This is the first of the three practice modules, supporting the transition from nurse to Student Midwife.

Second year modules

  • Core

    Becoming a Midwife 1

    Develop clinical decision-making skills need to practice as a lead professional responsible for delivering care that is safe, and clinically effective.

    Practice Module S2 (PG2)

    This module aims to enhance your knowledge and understanding of complications which occur during childbirth. There will be a particular focus on complications and you will facilitate individual care for the woman and her family where there are special needs, pre-existing medical conditions or complications of labour, birth or both.

    Childbirth 2

    Examine complicated childbirth and emergency scenarios. You'll focus on how to support the woman and her family, as well as making professional, clinical judgements.

    The Neonate 1

    Learn how to recognise deviations from normal health and initiate appropriate monitoring, care and referral for compromised or sick neonates. 

    Practice Module S3

    This module prepares you to undertake the role and responsibilities of the midwife. There is an evidence-based practice element, which aims to assist your clinical decision making, explaining, and rationalising practice. This is the final practice module in which you will consolidate your midwifery skills and prepare for professional practice.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

To meet NMC requirements, you're expected to study for no less than 3000 hours over 85 weeks. This programme is organised into three learning periods of 23 weeks each, with additional scheduled time for assessment and holidays.

Bespoke to the 85-week shortened midwifery programme is an additional introduction period of 3 theory and 4 practice weeks which are unassessed, but introduce you to the principles of midwifery theory and practice.

You will then join the second learning period, learning alongside student midwives undertaking the three-year undergraduate programme.

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Entry requirements

  • Adult nurse live on the NMC professional register
  • Currently employed as an adult nurse
  • Recent study within the last three years
  • For applicants whose first language is not English, we require IELTS Level 7 in every element.
  • Applicants must be able to work in the UK without restriction and must not require a student visa

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 7.0 overall, with 7.0 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Fees and funding

Students apply for a student loan for fees, however there will be a training grant for the duration of the programme from Higher Education England which equates to a basic band 5 salary. Students must be live on the NMC professional register as an Adult Nurse to be eligible for this.

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Your future prospects

  • Midwife

The aim of the programme is to develop midwives who are able to deliver the best possible care to women and their families.

It provides opportunities for students to develop their full potential and fosters commitment to continuing education. Graduates at the end of the programme will be ready to undertake the role and responsibilities of the midwife. 

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