This popular and dynamic pre-registration midwifery course leads to an academic award and a qualification as a Registered Midwife, in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
A midwife makes a vital and unique contribution to the wellbeing of women and families during one of life’s most important events. Emphasis is placed on motivating you to become a competent professional practitioner. You will develop a keen awareness of the need for continuing education and development throughout your professional career.
50% of the course consists of clinical experience, acquired in a range of hospital and community settings. You will have placements in a range of busy obstetric units where you will gain midwifery experience caring for women and families who require specialist input from maternity care teams. You will also have the opportunity to participate in midwifery care in more remote and rural settings.
You will be continuously supported and assessed by midwives during your practice placements. These experienced mentors will develop your skills in the de
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You will undertake a variety of teaching and learning experiences with academic and clinical colleagues, incorporating theory, clinical skills and midwifery practice.
You will undertake a variety of teaching and learning experiences with academic and clinical colleagues, incorporating theory, clinical skills and midwifery practice, building on and expanding learning from Year 1 to develop your understanding.
You will undertake a variety of teaching and learning experiences with academic and clinical colleagues, incorporating theory, clinical skills and midwifery practice, building on and expanding learning from Years 1 & 2 to consolidate knowledge for graduation and registration.
Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.
The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.
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There is a strong focus on linking theory to clinical practice with 50% of the course being delivered in placement settings and 50% delivered within the university in a blended learning approach. You are supported in developing communication and IT skills which will equip you for working in contemporary healthcare settings.
Cohort sizes vary from year to year but at present there are around 50-60 students.
You have seven weeks annual leave in each year of the course.
Year 4 activity summary
- Workshops and simulation
- Online learning packages are also available for several topics.
Independent study summary
You are expected to enhance your learning with independent study out with timetabled sessions. Directed study will be given to allow you to deepen your knowledge base and you will also be equipped with study skills to be able to find sources of information independently to enhance your learning.
Staff delivering this course
The course is delivered by a team of Midwifery lecturers who have a wide range of clinical and research backgrounds. All lecturers are registered midwives with the NMC. All lecturers are fellows of the Higher Education Academy or are working towards this.
The course also draws on a wide range of expertise within the wider staff of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
We work in collaboration with partners in practice and many teaching sessions will involve expert clinicians sharing their knowledge and skills. We also incorporate women’s stories into the curriculum with women and families sharing their experiences through face to face sessions and recorded media.
- Purpose-built Clinical Skills Centre
- Ward Area
- Occupational Therapy Home Setting lab
- University Library
- Student Support Services
How you are assessed
Typically students are assessed over the duration of the course:
- Two Written Exams.
- Five Written Assignments, including essay
- One Report
- One Oral Assessment
- Three Clinical Practice Placements
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
Study Skills Support
The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:
- Academic Writing
- Study Skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
- Maths And Statistics
- English Language
- Information Technology Support
SQA Higher: BBBC to include English and a science subject. Biology, Human Biology or Psychology is recommended. Maths is required at National 5 grade C or above if not held at Higher.
GCE A Level: BCC to include English and a science subject. Biology, Human Biology or Psychology is recommended. Maths is required at GCSE grade 5/C or above if not held at A Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H3H3H3 to include English and a science subject. Biology, Human Biology or Psychology is recommended. Maths is required at grade O3 or above if not held at Higher.
IB Diploma: 27 to include Higher Level English and a science subject. Biology is recommended. Maths is required at Standard Level if not held at Higher.
Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.
Selection Visit: Applicants will be invited to attend a selection event. This will take the form of a tour of the facilities, an opportunity to meet academics and practitioners and an interview.
Special Requirements: Acceptance to all nursing and midwifery courses is subject to a health screening and satisfactory PVG clearance (previously an enhanced disclosure). More details about the PVG scheme please visit Disclosure Scotland.
Midwifery is a direct entry degree with NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council Registration) on successful completion of the 3 year Bachelor programme. It is no longer a requirement for students to undertake Adult Nursing before they study Midwifery. For financial reasons it is important for students to choose the correct course as SAAS will not fund students to undertake a Midwifery course if they have already been in receipt of funding for a Nursing course.
Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 7.0, or an equivalent..
* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.
50% of the Midwifery course consists of clinical placements, divided across the three years:
Year 1 - 21 weeks, 37.5 hours per week
Year 2 - 22 weeks, 37.5 hours per week
Year 3 - 24 weeks, 37.5 hours a week
Placements are allocated in The North of Scotland, including tertiary hospitals, birth units, and community clinics, allowing you to achieve all required learning across Antenatal, Intrapartum and Postnatal Care settings.
While on placement during the course you have supernumerary status in the clinical setting, while also actively participating in midwifery care. You will work under the supervision of an experienced midwife who has undertaken further mentor training. Each Health Board also has staff within their practice education teams who are available as a resource. Your Personal Tutor, Placement and Administrative support staff in the university also support you in placement.
Successful completion of the course enables graduates to register on the Nursing & Midwifery Council Professional Register.
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Students from Scotland should apply to SAAS for a non means-tested Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary:
Students from England can apply to Student Finance England for a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan:
Students from Wales and Northern Ireland can apply to Student Finance for a tuition fee loan, maintenance grant and maintenance loan:
For Academic Year 2018/2019
Rest of UK Students
- £6,750 per academic year
For Academic Year 2017/2018
Rest of UK Students
- £6,750 per academic year
Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.For further information see Student Finance pages
All applicants for Nursing and Midwifery courses must apply online:
It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.
Terms and Conditions of Admissions
The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.
Our close links with employers and professional bodies ensure that you will graduate with the knowledge and skills required of a modern midwifery professional.
Robert Gordon University graduates are in demand and consistently achieve employment immediately following qualification in local, national or international settings.
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase. Find your reading list by module.
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- £15 for Specialist Clothing – for clinical skills teaching
- Accommodation and living costs