About the course

This is an innovative, flexible, work-based course for qualified nurses looking to become midwives. It will develop your skills and knowledge so that you can become a responsive, confident midwife able to care for women and their babies. Focusing on holistic care, you will gain a sound knowledge of what is normal and healthy in childbearing women, enabling you to recognise and manage problems they might face.

The programme consists of 86 weeks in total, with eight study block weeks, and reading and professional development time included within the programme. During your clinical placements, you will be supported through online resources, discussions, group working and reflection sessions. Each week comprises of 40 hours and is a combination of practice and theory.

When in placement, the clinical hours will be 30 hours per week, with 10 hours of theory. There are two routes of study: Degree or Masters. For the Master of Midwifery route, you will need to have achieved a minimum of 2:1 for your first degree. Please see entry requirements for further details.  

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Pre-registration Midwifery (Shortened)
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BSc (Hons) Pre-registration Midwifery (Shortened)

Why choose this course?

  • The BSc (Hons) Pre-registration Midwifery (Shortened) course is for qualified nurses (adult) who want to become midwives.
  • The programme provides an innovative student-centred approach to learning which fosters independent and transformational thinking.
  • It uses blended learning and teaching, which includes e-learning with campus-based study to strengthen practice-based skills.
  • Graduates develop the necessary skills for a career in midwifery such as independence, initiative, the ability to work with others, ability to research scientific literature, critical enquiry and problem-solving skills.
  • The inclusion of the newborn infant physical examination (NIPE) competency will provide students with advanced knowledge when caring for mothers and their babies. 
  • An elective placement offers an exciting opportunity to gain experience in another maternity setting within the UK or globally.
  • The midwifery lecturing team are committed to achieving UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Accreditation for their midwifery programmes.    
  • There is an active Midwifery Society that has produced outstanding work in organising events for its members, to which they have been highly commended for Society Committee of the Year in 2017. 
  • Our Midwifery team won the prestigious Royal College of Midwives Annual Award for Excellence in Midwifery Education in January 2012. 

Professional Accreditations

As a graduate with a BSc (Hons) Degree you are eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a midwife.

Course details


This course prepares you to become a registered midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). It also gives you a foundation to specialise in aspects of care, such as teenage pregnancy, parent education, infant feeding and bereavement support.

Some graduates have gone to further study with our Midwifery and Women's Health course.

What job can I get?

Most midwives graduating from this course find employment in local NHS Trusts, but some choose to move further afield. Many of our former students now have positions in management, research and education. 

Teaching methods

The BSc (Hons) Pre-registration Midwifery (Shortened) programme is delivered using a blend of teaching and learning strategies, primarily utilising e-learning, but also facilitating blocks of study to strengthen the implementation of practice skills learning and an enquiry-based approach. Students are encouraged to critically think, analyse and challenge practice, thereby enabling them to respond well to the dynamic practice environment.

Experiential learning within the clinical area through the mentor-student partnership, learning through simulation, self-directed work and reflection sessions are vital components of the programmes. Students have access to a virtual learning environment where there are electronic course materials to support learning; a variety of formats may be used such as online activities and tutorials, narrated powerpoints, videos, quizzes, blogs, podcasts and group discussions.

Effective online learning requires a high level of responsibility and organisation on the part of students and a reduction of the teacher-student power differential. Open learning attracts self-disciplined and motivated students who can direct the pace of learning to suit their personal circumstances and commitments. There is a diversity of teaching, learning and assessment approaches throughout the curriculum, giving all students the chance to flourish regardless of their preferred learning style. For example, each year includes a combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies.

The support for students and the student experience is fundamental not only to this Programme but to the University as a whole. Academic, pastoral and practice placement support is provided, and a welcoming environment is nurtured, so that students feel comfortable in coming forward to discuss any areas of concern that may potentially affect their performance and be supported so they may progress successfully.

Work Placement

Midwifery practice makes up approximately 60% of the BSc (Hons) Pre-registration Midwifery (Shortened) programme and is based in one of five maternity units. 

You will work alongside a registered midwife gaining a hands-on experience from your first day of practice. Practice sites for midwifery students are allocated according to preference and availability. The sites are:

  • East & North Herts NHS Trust (Lister Hospital, Stevenage)
  • West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust (Watford Hospital)
  • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (Barnet Hospital)
  • The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (Harlow),
  • Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Luton)

You are also required to undertake a small caseload during your studies, enabling you to provide continuity of care throughout the whole spectrum of childbirth.


  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Transition to Parenthood 15 Credits Compulsory
    Public Health and Global Issues in Midwifery Practice 15 Credits Compulsory
    Risk Recognition and Midwifery Management 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Examination of the Newborn (Pre-reg 6 Shortened) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Investigating Midwifery Practice (shortened) 30 Credits Compulsory
    The Professional Midwife 15 Credits Compulsory
    Principles of Midwifery Care 30 Credits Compulsory
    Complex Midwifery 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    New students starting from 1 August 2018 will be required to pay tuition fees and will have access to the standard student support system provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC) to cover the cost of their tuition fees. Students will also be provided with salary support. This is currently under review and we expect to hear more information in due course. No enhancement claims unless specified by Trust.

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    The normal academic entry requirements for:

    The BSc(Hons) Pre-registration Midwifery (Shortened):

    • Diploma/ Degree in Pre-Registration Nursing (Part 1 of NMC register: Adult)
    • 60 credits at level 5 academic study
    • Evidence of study of research methods
    • IELTS for candidates whose first language is not English – overall score 7 and not less than 7 in any one section

    Please note that all applicants who are not from an English speaking country are required to undertake an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as a programme requirement. Therefore, as part of the admissions process applicants will need to have achieved a level 7 in all categories prior to being offered an interview.

    All applicants need to have completed 10 years general school education before the start of the programme.

    All applicants must demonstrate that they have good health and good character, sufficient for safe and effective practice as a midwife.

    The University and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) require the following:

    • Satisfactory enhanced DBS screening
    • Satisfactory Occupational Health screening
    • Two satisfactory references (see below)

    When you apply for the BSc(Hons) Pre-registration Midwifery programme please ensure that you include:

    Personal statement: make it clear that you are an Adult Registered Nurse, and whether your programme included research methods.

    References: one employer and one academic reference required: to include information about your character. Your first referee will need to provide a reference with your online application and if you are successful at interview your second referee may send a reference to shortmidwiferyenquiries@herts.ac.uk. Alternatively, you may provide a hard copy from your referee in a sealed envelope that has been signed and dated by your referee, across the seal. 

    For more information on the course and how to apply please contact shortmidwiferyenquiries@herts.ac.uk

    If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English and foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 18 Months
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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