BSc Midwifery: University of the West of England

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BSc Midwifery: University of the West of England, School of Health and Social Care, University of the West of England, Glenside Campus, Blackberry Hill, Stapleton, Bristol, BS16 1DD, Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 years full time
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Midwifery care in the UK is shared between different members of the health care team. Midwives have a specific responsibility to ensure that the care offered to childbearing women during a critical period in their lives meets the standard of safety required, and to act as advocates for mothers and families.

The midwife is required to demonstrate an understanding of the physical, psychological and emotional needs of the mother and the family. An essential part of the role is the psychological support of parents during occasions of stress, grief and bereavement. In addition, the midwife's practice should be informed by an understanding of the health needs of society, including socio-economic and transcultural aspects and the environmental factors relating to health.

The midwife provides health education in relation to family planning, parenthood, the care and nutrition of infants and the promotion of breastfeeding.


The main emphasis during the course is the exploration of all aspects of low and high risk midwifery care, and this is reflected in the core modules undertaken in each year. In addition, you will also explore issues such as interprofessional working, sociology, psychology, biology, gynaecology care, medical complications, health promotion, research and management and have the opportunity to take one module in either complementary therapies, childbirth education or breastfeeding. Most of this time you will be working in clinical placements which link theory with practice and will be exposed to problem solving, judgement and decision making in preparation for your role as a practising midwife.

Careers/further study

Having a midwifery qualification can open up a potentially satisfying and exciting future career. Holders of the BSc(Hons) Midwifery degree usually initially practise midwifery in a hospital, low risk midwifery unit or community team setting initially. Some midwives also practise within a case load format which offers the women increased continuity of care during pregnancy and childbirth.

Following initial practice, midwives may follow a number of routes, becoming either expert or consultant clinical practitioners in midwifery, developing management skills or becoming lecturers and/or researchers in midwifery. Others may choose to work abroad, using their professional qualification in a variety of ways. There is also encouragement for each midwife to continue her/his professional development, and the School of Health and Social Care has an extensive range of post-qualifying programmes to support this.

Admissions and International Recruitment

Admissions and International Recruitment deals with enquiries and applications for all full-time undergraduate programmes. Contact us by

  • telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333
  • fax: +44 (0)117 32 82810
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  • letter: Admissions and International Recruitment, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Bristol BS16 1QY, UK

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