Midwifery 2nd Registration

BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: B721

Start dates: September 2024

Full time: 24 months

Location: Headington (Marston Road site)

Department(s): Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

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Ready to make the switch from nursing to midwifery? Combine your knowledge of healthcare and your passion for women’s health as you explore this new career path at Oxford Brookes.

As a NMC registered adult nurse, you’ll build on your existing skills to make a real difference in the lives of mothers and their children, providing care and support throughout pregnancy and beyond.

After applying through NHS Jobs, your course fees will be fully funded by NHS England. You’ll also keep earning your band 5 salary while you learn on this fast-paced 2-year learning journey.

Throughout the course you’ll explore a series of modules with additional bespoke seminars factoring in your current nursing knowledge. Outside the classroom, you’ll grow quickly through putting theory into practice. You’ll experience community midwifery, midwife-led units and multidisciplinary teams caring for complex cases.

With the recent influx of funding for the midwifery profession and your fresh enthusiasm and desire to make a positive impact, you’ll play a part in the future of the midwifery profession.

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Why Oxford Brookes University?

  • Small year group sizes

    Benefit from personalised support from teaching staff and experience a sense of community and collaboration among students, including short course-specific tutorials.

  • Unbeatable partnerships 

    Participate in the full range of midwifery care. From community midwifery and midwife-led units, to multidisciplinary teams caring for complex cases.

  • Exciting practical experiences

    Experience community midwifery, midwife-led intrapartum care including home births, midwife-led unit births and care for women with additional complexity.

  • Influential teaching team

    All our lecturers are engaged in research, international project work or work in clinical practice, taking your education to the next level.

  • Earn while you learn

    With course fees fully funded by NHS England, you’ll also earn a band 5 salary while you learn on this fast-paced 2-year learning journey.

  • Free language courses

    Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

  • Accreditation(s)

    Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

    • Nursing and Midwifery Council

Course details

Course structure

Throughout the course you’ll explore a series of modules that build on your current nursing knowledge.

We kickstart Year 1 with an introduction to core universal midwifery care. You’ll dive into anatomy and physiology, learning about the incredible changes and adaptations that occur during pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal. You will also discover how to provide quality midwifery care as part of the multidisciplinary team for women with additional complexity.

Practical, hands-on experience starts early within the first 3 weeks, with exciting opportunities to learn by doing alongside registered midwives while you study. This will really boost your growth.

You’ll then bring everything you’ve learnt together in Year 2. In supervised student groups, you’ll have the opportunity to provide caseloading midwifery care to a small group of women. Alongside this you’ll explore your personal midwifery philosophy and further develop your autonomy. You’ll then investigate a topic of your choice through your dissertation.


Learning and teaching

Experience in the clinical setting is a key part of the course. We support this with teaching methods such as:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • skills suite work
  • discussion
  • debate
  • exploration of case studies
  • group and individual tutorial sessions. 

In health and social care no professional group works in isolation so you will share your learning with other health care students from Oxford Brookes. This is vital to developing your teamwork skills and your understanding of the other roles you will encounter in practice.

We offer a very friendly and supportive environment in which to learn.

IT plays an increasingly important role in health care courses. You will have access to an extensive range of learning resources through Moodle, our electronic learning platform. 

Our courses adopt a student-centred approach to teaching and learning. And we consistently receive very high satisfaction ratings for the quality of our teaching and for student support in student surveys.


We use a wide range of assessments including:

  • case studies
  • reflection in and on practice
  • observed structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) held in our skills labs
  • a variety of written assessments, including some examinations.
  • poster presentations.

These assessments ensure that you are competent at both:

  • academic writing
  • practical and emergency skills.

Grading of practice is a central feature of practice assessment. It accounts for approximately twenty-five per cent of the overall degree classification.

Study modules

Teaching for this course takes place Face to Face and you can expect around 13 hours of contact time per week.
In addition to this, you should also anticipate a workload of 1,200 hours per year.
Teaching usually takes place Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 6.00pm.
Contact hours involve activities such as lectures, seminars, practicals, assessments, and academic advising sessions. These hours differ by year of study and typically increase significantly during placements or other types of work-based learning.

Work placements

Compulsory modules

  • Work placements

    Placements cover the whole of Oxfordshire and enable students to practise midwifery in a variety of settings. All students will work in the Women's Centre based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, part of the Oxford University Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust. Half of your placements will be in the community, which may include a placement in one of three free-standing midwifery-led units. Please note that you will have to organise your own travel arrangements to clinical placements. You might be working in: hospital maternity wards and/or a delivery suites within the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford; integrated midwifery-led units within the John Radcliffe Hospital and The Horton General Hospital, Banbury; health centres; free-standing midwifery-led units at Chipping Norton, Wantage and Wallingford; women's homes; children's centres.

Junior Year

Compulsory modules

  • Public Health in Midwifery 2: Human Rights and Contexts of Care

    You'll be evaluating how midwifery practice is shaped in the broader public health arena. You'll consider midwifery within the context of public health promotion. You'll incorporate relevant political and social drivers, championing respectful and non-discriminatory care.

    Your practice will develop your understanding of national and local guidelines and legislative and professional directives, which you'll learn how to apply across the continuum of pregnancy, labour, post-natal care, and neonatal care.

    You’ll hone your skills in providing compassionate and dignified care to those who experience childbirth within a disadvantageous or vulnerable context, whether it be physical, psychological, social, cultural or spiritual circumstances.

    By the end of this module you'll be able to identify the characteristics of effective team working, and will have the opportunity to propose an intervention embracing the principles of health promotion suited to the demographic group. 

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Midwives

    This module will help equip you with knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology (A and P) in childbearing. You'll study details of adult, foetal and neonatal A and P, and the relationships and interplay between these will be addressed. You'll also focus on changes that occur throughout the puerperium: building a sound basis for understanding the rationale for maternity care.  

    You'll develop your knowledge and understanding to address how physiological processes for childbearing women and their babies can be supported and enhanced.

  • Midwifery Practice 3: Childbirth Emergencies

    This double practice module will prepare you for and encourage you to make informed and professional judgements on issues surrounding the care of women and their families experiencing acute or life-threatening complications during childbirth.

    You'll build your inner resilience, exercise your critical thinking and problem-solving techniques in childbirth emergencies, ensuring that you behave responsibly and exert effective clinical judgement when forming action plans to manage childbirth emergencies. You'll be given the opportunity to participate in several rehearsed acute emergency situations in order to equip you with the confidence you’ll need to deal with emergency childbirth situations in whatever context or setting they may occur. 

  • Women and Babies with Complex Needs

    This double module will enable you to develop your transferrable and communication skills to provide care for a mother, foetus, or newborn if common or less common complications arise. You'll develop your knowledge of midwifery in terms of the impact of medical conditions experienced in maternal or neonatal health. You’ll build upon your existing knowledge of physiology to analyse chronic and acute conditions affecting the mother, foetus, or newborn. These concepts willl behave as foundations in providing care throughout the antenatal, intrapartum, postpartum and neonatal periods.

  • Midwifery Practice 4: The Midwife as Clinician

    This module will ensure that you are ready to and competent to provide safe, effective, compassionate and informed care from a clinical context. You'll explore working in partnership with women within a social, psychological and biomedical perspective. You’ll use your skills to map out and determine best practice approaches to individualised evidence-based care plans.

    By the end of this module you'll feel well prepared, enlightened and empowered to serve women and childbirth in a clinical setting. 

Senior Year

Compulsory modules

  • Philosophy for Midwifery Practice

    In this module, you’ll undergo the preparations required to develop your role and scope as a qualified midwife. You will study both practice-led and theoretical ideas within a contemporary socio-political context and a woman-centred care approach. You’ll consider the factors which enhance the delivery of compassionate and woman-centred maternity care. Your study will encompass leadership, risk and quality, including patient safety concerns, alongside engaging with new technologies, and developing reflective strategies to maintain your own and others well-being in both your professional and personal life.  

  • Midwifery Practice 5: Implementing Caseloading

    This module will enable you to enhance your team working skills within the realms of providing continuity of care to a small caseload of women in the maternity care setting. You’ll work in teams of 3-4 providing care to 6-7 women during the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal period including the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) under supervised conditions. You'll get a chance to demonstrate your ability in professional team working skills, both in the practice and theory. As part of this module, there will be the opportunity to create a reflective personal action plan on the basis of peer, mentor and service user feedback. By the end of this module, you'll feel confident enough to manage maternity caseloads effectively as part of a team. 

  • Midwifery Practice 6: Towards Autonomy

    In this final practice module you’ll prepare for practising as a qualified midwife. You'll learn the skills of accountability and autonomy enabling you to manage the role as a lead professional for the midwifery care and support of women and newborn infants throughout the whole continuum of care. You'll be encouraged to increasingly work independently, identifying your learning needs and training towards the achievement of your goals. You'll gain experience in managing care within community hospital labour and ward settings, working in partnership with women, and demonstrating achievement in Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) proficiencies. By the end of this module, you'll have gained the expertise and confidence to work independently and autonomously, identifying your own professional needs as a qualified midwife. 

  • Dissertation

    In this module, you’ll create your penultimate piece of academic work for your degree. You’ll be offered the unique opportunity to select a topic of personal interest that is relevant to midwifery practice. Your investigation into your project will adopt methodology of choice, and you'll get the chance to demonstrate your abilities to consolidate and progress a systematic and coherent body of knowledge within your project write-up.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.


Studying midwifery with us will prepare you for rewarding opportunities beyond university. You’ll become an expert in analytical thinking, effective communication, and problem solving. All skills that are essential for a rewarding role in midwifery care.

Once you’ve graduated, you will be entered onto the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a registered midwife. This means you’ll be ready to apply for band 5 midwifery positions and begin your preceptorship year.

On successful completion of the course, you will be offered optional employment with our local practice partner after a short professional discussion with them.

Further specialisms include:

  • consultant midwifery
  • international midwifery
  • specialisms such as infant feeding, bereavement, public health
  • clinical educator
  • delivery suite coordinator.

Or perhaps you fancy deepening your knowledge and career further? At Oxford Brookes, we offer the option to complete a professional doctorate in midwifery as a progression route, allowing you to enjoy a career in clinical academic research or extend your area of specialism further.

Entry requirements

International qualifications and equivalences

How to apply

Application process

Applicants need to apply via the NHS for this course. 

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

International full time

Home (UK) full time

International full time

Questions about fees?

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Tuition fees

2024 / 25
Home (UK) full time

International full time

2025 / 26
Home (UK) full time

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 534400


Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students. 

The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support. 

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

  • For information on payment methods please see our Make a Payment page.
  • For information about refunds please visit our Refund policy page

Financial support and scholarships

All eligible midwifery students on courses from September 2020 (new and continuing) will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back.  For more information please visit NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF)

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Placement costs

These are costs that need to be paid for by midwifery students when travelling to and from clinical practice placements throughout Oxfordshire. As an example, a random sample of first year students spent approximately £30 - £700 travelling to placements during the first year of their programme. For students eligible for tuition fee and maintenance support from the Student Loans Company, these costs are recoverable through the Learning Support Fund. Midwifery students spend 50% of their programme in clinical placement. 

Other costs:

  • Books and other learning resources: £50 - £300
  • Shoes for practice to be worn with clinical uniform: £30 - £60
  • Equipment (for example stethoscope and watch) and suitable non clinical clothing for community placements; £60 - £250

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Programme changes:
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our changes to programmes page.