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BSc (Hons) - single

Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Midwives are the lead professionals for women experiencing normal childbirth. They also provide care in partnership with the multidisciplinary team for women who have more complex needs.

Midwives do more than assist women in childbirth. They care for women and their families throughout pregnancy, birth and the post-natal period, and have an important role in promoting their optimal health and well-being.

We offer the following BSc pathways to registration as a midwife:

  • a 3-year BSc (Hons) for those with no previous health care experience
  • a 21-month post-experience BSc (Hons) for adult nurses with a current registration in adult nursing with the NMC.

The courses we offer are very popular so early application is advised.

This course welcomes applications from home, EU and international students

We also run a Midwifery pre-registration Masters programme. If you already have an honours degree with a first or 2:1 classification, you may be eligible to apply.

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 120 - preferred subjects include Biology or Human Biology. *Please note due to the competitive nature of this course, meeting the tariff alone does not guarantee shortlisting to interview as applications are assessed holistically

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus, Marston Road site

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years; post-experience 21 months

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • 95% of our students successfully complete the Midwifery course, and Oxfordshire offers excellent graduate employment opportunities for midwives.
  • You will experience clinical placements in the full range of maternity care settings, all within one Trust - the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
  • The size of the midwifery cohorts ensures you'll receive optimum support from the midwifery lecturing staff and from experienced midwives in practice.
  • The midwifery programmes at Brookes have been accredited as Baby Friendly by UNICEF, a prestigious award.
  • The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences is developing an international reputation in research. We have developed a specific research group for Maternal and Women's Public Health: OXBUMP.
  • You may also have the opportunity to observe midwifery or other health care practice abroad.

We welcome male and female applicants from all backgrounds and genders.

If you already have an honours degree with a first or 2:1 classification, you may be eligible to apply for our MSc Midwifery pre-registration programme.

This 3-year course consists of 24 modules. The 21-month post-registration course consists of 16 modules. In addition to midwifery-specific knowledge, the course covers:

  • biological sciences
  • evidence-based practice
  • research skills
  • the social, psychological, ethical, multicultural and interprofessional dimensions of midwifery care.

Academic study and clinical practice are of equal importance with the midwifery programmes. Oxfordshire offers the full range of midwifery placement settings, including free-standing birth centres, which have excellent reputations for the quality of their maternity services. These placement areas are solely for Oxford Brookes students.

You will be in full-time clinical placement during the weeks you are not at the University, providing midwifery care in all settings including night, weekend and on-call duties. While you are in practice, you will have qualified midwives as mentors to support you and help you gain the experience you need.

Study modules

As courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.

Most modules in both courses are focused around midwifery practice and provide the knowledge and skills needed to become a midwife.

Although there is some scope for flexibility in module choice, this is very limited on pre-registration courses. This is owing to the specific demands of the professional requirements for registration.

A diverse range of subjects relevant to midwifery practice is studied on this course.

3-year BSc (Hons) course only

  • Fundamentals of Midwifery Practice
  • Neonatal Perspectives
  • Science for Midwives 1 and 2
  • Developing Midwifery Practice
  • Introduction to Critical Appraisal Skills for Midwifery
  • Partnerships 2 and 3.

3-year and 21-month post-experience BSc (Hons) courses

The following modules are compulsory on both courses:

  • Fundamentals of Midwifery Practice 
  • Neonatal Perspectives
  • Pathology in Childbearing
  • Public Health in Midwifery Practice
  • Emergencies in Midwifery Practice
  • Progressing Critical Appraisal Skills for Midwifery
  • Optional module
  • Complexities in Midwifery Practice
  • Global Perspectives
  • Registration for Midwifery Practice
  • Dissertation

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. These placements are through out Oxfordshire.

You might be working in:

  • hospital maternity wards within the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
  • delivery suite within the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
  • integrated midwifery-led units within the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, 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.

We offer a range of support mechanisms, within both the University and the placement area, throughout your programme of study. While on placement, you will be supported by a named midwife known as a mentor, as well as a link lecturer from the University.

We have a dedicated Practice Education Unit that provides administrative and academic support for placement learning/practice education for all its pre-qualifying courses.

Study abroad

All students have the option to undertake an elective placement at home or abroad at the end of their penultimate year.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:

  • increasing your employability within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

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.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Attendance pattern

Attendance is organised into blocks of theory (at the University) and blocks of practice. There is a 100% attendance requirement set by the professional body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Additional costs

For 2017 Entry


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 current first year students spent approximately £30 - £700 travelling to placements during the first year of their programme. There are 6 assessed placements during the 3 year midwifery programmes, plus at least 2 short placements each year. Midwifery students spend at least half of the course programmed weeks in clinical placement. On average, this is 23 weeks per year.


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


Further information on additional costs for healthcare courses can be found here.

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.

Teaching and learning

Experience in the clinical setting is a key part of the course. This is supported by lectures, seminars, workshops and skills suite work along with discussion, debate, exploration of case studies, and group and individual tutorial sessions. This broad range of academic experiences will give you the level of understanding necessary for competence as a practitioner in midwifery.

In health and social care no professional group works in isolation. Oxford Brookes teaches a wide range of pre-qualification and foundation courses, including nursing (adult, children's and mental health), occupational therapy, operating department practice, paramedic emergency care, physiotherapy and social work. You will share your learning with some of these other health care students. It is essential 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. In student surveys we consistently receive very high satisfaction ratings for the quality of our teaching and for student support. All our courses adopt a student-centred approach to teaching and learning. They are strongly focused on encouraging you to attain your full potential as a lifelong learner.

IT plays an increasingly important role in health care courses and an extensive range of learning resources can be accessed through Moodle, our electronic learning platform.

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 24%34%42%
2 17%47%36%
3 14%50%36%

Approach to assessment

The assessment strategy for the courses ensures a wide range of assessments are used. Grading of practice is a central feature of practice assessment and accounts for approximately twenty-five per cent of the overall degree classification. In addition, the courses use these methods:

  • 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

The assessments ensure that students are competent at both academic writing and practical and emergency skills.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 10%3%88%
2 0%0%100%
3 0%8%93%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

*Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 120 - preferred subjects include Biology or Human Biology. *Please note due to the competitive nature of this course, meeting the tariff alone does not guarantee shortlisting to interview as applications are assessed holistically

A-Level: BBB or equivalent. Must include a minimum of one relevant subject from the Sciences or Social Sciences. We prefer candidates to have Biology or Human Biology but will also consider Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Applied Science, Science (Biology route), Science (Chemistry route), Science (Physics route), Maths and Sociology.

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

IB Diploma: 32 points, including Biology Higher Level 4 (3-year course only)

BTEC: Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (DDD)

Access course: Pass the Access course with 60 credits overall; 45 at level 3 which should include 12 credits in Biology/Human Biology. Of the level 3 credits, at least 15 should be passed at merit or above and 24 at distinction level. English and maths level 2 credits will no longer be accepted as GCSE equivalencies. GCSE English and Maths are now required as separate qualifications.

In addition GCSE Mathematics, Human Biology or Biology or Chemistry, and English Language grade C or above. (Access course level 2 credits at Mathematics and English Language no longer accepted).

Specific entry requirements

A-Level: 3 at grade B or above. Must include a minimum of one relevant subject from the Sciences or Social Sciences. We prefer candidates to have Biology or Human Biology but will also consider Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Applied Science, Science (Biology route), Science (Chemistry route), Science (Physics route), Maths and Sociology.

GCSE: 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 (B), or above, including Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject (ie Biology or Chemistry or Human Biology)

Additionally, for BSc (Hons), one of the qualifications listed under Typical offers (see above). For post-experience BSc (Hons), both of the following:

  • 120 CATS credits at level 5
  • registration as a level 1 adult nurse (RN1 or RNA) on the NMC register
  • the equivalent of 6 months' full-time relevant and current adult nursing practice in the past 18 months.

Securing a place is subject to both a satisfactory DBS and an Occupational Health clearance. If neither clearance has been completed prior to enrolment or a DBS issue has been declared on application, then enrolment may not be possible.

If enrolment has been agreed, then continuation on the programme will be contingent on satisfactory clearances.


All applicants will be screened for fitness for practice and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

All Oxford Brookes University Health and Social Care Programmes conduct Value Based Recruitment (VBR). We recognise that values and attitudes have the greatest impact on the quality of people's care and their experiences.

VBR is a way of helping our Programme recruitment teams to assess the values, motives and attitudes of those who wish to work with people in health and social care settings. When we refer to values we mean, for example, the values included in the NHS constitution.

VBR focuses on 'how' and 'why' an applicant makes choices in how they act and seeks to explore reasons for their behaviour. Further details about the VBR framework can be found here.

Selection will be by interview and assessment of the following skills:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Teamwork.

English language requirements

An IELTS score of 7.0 in all areas is required for ALL applicants whose first language is not English.

NMC English language requirement advice 

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

Pre-registration BSc (Hons) applications should be made via UCAS

Post registration applications should be made directly with the University via the Programme Administrator or Recruitment Lead.

Home / EU applicants

Full-time: apply through UCAS »

International applicants

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

You will have the opportunity to practise in two maternity hospitals within Oxfordshire, as well as in children's centres, health centres, free-standing midwife-led units and women's homes. We have a dedicated Practice Education Unit that will support you in your placements.

One of the world's great academic cities, Oxford is a key centre of debate, with conferences, seminars and forums taking place across education, science, the arts and many other subjects. It is a vibrant city with plenty of attractions for its large student population.

Support for students studying Midwifery

There is a good range of support mechanisms for students. There are academic advisers, who will facilitate your academic development, and student support co-ordinators, who provide a drop-in service for queries about any aspect of student life, whether academic or personal.

The University’s support services include Upgrade, which provides advice on study skills such as planning and writing essays, assignments and dissertations, research or preparing for an exam. They also give advice on statistics and maths.

There is a dedicated Student Disability and Dyslexia Service, which provides support for students with disabilities including sensory and mobility impairments, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, mental health problems and medical conditions. Here, staff offer advice and support on a range of issues, including physical access, funding, alternative assessment arrangements and liaison with teaching staff to ensure that they are aware of your requirements.


We offer specific accommodation for Midwifery students to suit the longer duration of the course - this also means you will be living with other Midwifery students. See our accommodation page for more information.

Specialist facilities

We have excellent teaching facilities including classrooms, a 280-seat lecture theatre, fully networked computer rooms and dedicated clinical skills suites. Our simulation resources include a very well-equipped movement laboratory; a family of computerised simulation manikins, including a sim-man, sim-babies (a newborn and an older baby under six months old) and a birthing mother; and an extensive range of anatomy models.

We also have excellent library resources, accessible both online and at a range of locally based facilities on University and NHS sites.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Professional accreditation

Following successful completion of the 3-year full-time or the 21-month post-experience BSc (Hons) course, you will be eligible to apply for professional registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Please note that NMC approval of this course is subject to review and can be withdrawn at any time.

Career prospects

Careers for midwives include:
  • practice in hospital and community settings
  • specialist practice, for instance high-dependency care
  • independent practice
  • consultant midwife posts
  • teaching
  • research.
The courses comply with EU regulations for midwifery, so your qualification will be recognised in EU countries.

Further study

Many of our students go on to study at Master's level and beyond. Several past students have gone to work abroad and to take up jobs of responsibility in midwifery and in related areas of health care.