Bachelor of Midwifery
You will be introduced to three dynamic academic themes: effective midwifery care, midwifery for health, and the Midwife within society. You will also learn introductory clinical midwifery skills in a simulated environment. You will undertake a variety of teaching and learning experiences with academic and clinical colleagues, incorporating theory, clinical skills and practice.
The three academic themes will be explored further building upon your professional knowledge and experience from year 1.
You will gain further insight into the role of the Midwife working in partnership with women and families from our diverse society. This will be strengthened by your understanding of the importance of effective midwifery practice within maternity care teams.
In your final year you will consolidate your knowledge, skills and attitudes to engage in midwifery care with confidence. You will be proficient in midwifery skills for low-risk pregnant women and their families. You will meet the professional outcomes set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the academic outcomes established for the BMidwifery course.
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There is a strong focus on linking theory to clinical practice and 50% of the course is 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.
- Lectures - 60 students per group, 100 hours per year
- Practical class or workshop - 18 students per group, 12 hours per week/semester
- Independent Study - 595 hours per year
- Placement / Work Based Learning - individual 900 hours per year
Self-study time is an important part of your success, including learning in practice settings. The course is delivered face-to-face in lectures and tutorials as well as online and you will be required to access and complete all elements. You will be considered an adult learner who needs strong organisation and self-direction skills.
Staff Delivering on 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 draws on a wide range of expertise within the wider staff of the School of Nursing and Midwifery and we work in collaboration with partners in practice. Many teaching sessions involve expert clinicians sharing their knowledge and skills and we also incorporate women’s stories into the curriculum with women and families sharing their experiences through face-to-face sessions and recorded media.
Typically students are assessed each year:
- 1 written exams, typically for 3 hours
- 2 written assignments, including essays
- 1 written exam, typically for 3 hours
- 1 written assignment, including essay
- 1 practical skills assessment
- 2 written assignments, including essays
- 1 report
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
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 per 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.
An increasing number of Midwives now work in the community, providing services in the home, local clinics, and GP surgeries. There is also the option to be hospital based and work on antenatal, labour and postnatal wards. Some Midwives also choose to work as independent practitioners outside the NHS, or specialise in a particular area such as perinatal care, with further study. There are many future career opportunities open to you, such as Ward Manager, Lactation Consultant, Consultant Midwife, Researcher or Lecturer.
Our close links with employers and professional bodies ensure that you will graduate with the knowledge and skills required of a modern midwifery professional. Our graduates are in demand and consistently achieve employment immediately following qualification in local, national or international settings.
English Language Requirements
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.
We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:
* 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.
For Academic Year 2018/2019
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
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- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and Living costs
- £15 for Specialist Clothing – for clinical skills teaching
For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:
If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.
Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:
Scholarships and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
Successful completion of the course enables graduates to register on the Nursing & Midwifery Council Professional Register.
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UCAS Code: B720
We’ve got a few options for applying to our undergraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.
Applicants for first year entry will apply to other universities as well as to RGU through a single online Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application.
Applicants from non-EU countries can apply direct to the University with our PDF form.
RGU accepts applications through the Common Application for those liable to pay international tuition fees.