Faculty of Health and Social Care

Midwifery programmes



On 25th November, the Chancellor made an announcement about a change in the future funding of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional (AHP) Education. The following is not definitive information but it is based on what we know to date and the view of the Council of Deans for Health. We hope this will help current and prospective students get some sense of the proposed changes

What’s changing?

From 2017/18, new students on nursing, midwifery and AHP pre-registration courses (which lead on to qualification with one of the health professional regulators) will take out loans like other students rather than getting an NHS grant. For prospective University of Hull students this affects courses that lead to professional registration in: nursing (all four fields); midwifery and operating department practice from 2017/18. We do not think it will affect any students applying for these courses in 2016/17

What will I get in terms of maintenance support under the loans system?

Under the loans system you would be eligible for a range of means-tested loans, including a specific loan designed to support students on courses that have a longer than average student year. There are also special allowances, for example childcare, adult dependants and parents’ learning allowance. The day to day ‘cash in hand’ is significantly higher under the loans system than the existing grants system. In summary, for the maximum claim under the two systems:

  • Students inside London and living away from the parental home: the maximum amount per year would increase from £8750 to £12054 (a 38% increase);
  • Students outside of London and living away from the parental home: the maximum amount per year would increase from £6975 to £9257 (a 33% increase);
  • Students living in the parental home: the maximum amount per year would increase from £6064 to £7592 (a 25% increase)

What if I’ve already done a degree? Could I take out another loan to do one of these courses?

Under current rules, you can’t usually access the student loans system if you’ve already done a degree at the same level. But we understand that the Government will make these courses exempt from this rule, so in the new system you could access student loans if you want. This is called an equivalent or lower qualification (ELQ) exemption.

Under the new system, what happens when I graduate?

As with other students, if you graduate and earn above a certain amount of money (currently above £21k) you start repaying the loan. This is usually taken out of your pay packet each month. The thresholds and amounts do change according to government policy but as an indication, at the moment on a Band 5 salary in the NHS of £21.7k (the usual starting salary for new nurses, midwives or AHPs) you would repay £27 per month.


A midwife is a health professional who is uniquely qualified to provide support, care and advice to childbearing women during pregnancy, labour and the post-partum period.

A midwife is recognised as being responsible and accountable for providing care in partnership with women which includes:

  • Health promotion, health counselling and health education
  • Promotion of normal birth (including conducting births on their own responsibility)
  • Birth preparation and early parenthood
  • Providing care for the newborn infant
  • Detecting abnormal conditions and accessing appropriate assistance
  • Carrying out emergency measures

The midwife is the senior professional attending over 75% of births in the United Kingdom (UK), however midwives work alongside other health professionals within a multi disciplinary team, including general practitioners, obstetricians, physiotherapists, paediatricians and health visitors (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 2004; 2008, International Confederation of Midwives 2005, Medforth et al 2006) HYPERLINKS)

Midwives are supported by a statutory system of supervision.  A Supervisor of Midwives is an experienced midwife who has undertaken extra training to become a Supervisor and is accountable to the Local Supervising Authority (LSA). A Supervisor of Midwives will support midwives in their practice, to ensure safe and good quality care is provided for women and their families. They are available to give guidance and support in a private and confidential manner to both midwives and women (NMC 2009)

Midwifery requires people, who are enthusiastic, compassionate and understanding, knowledgeable and level headed, who are responsive and can think decisively.  As well as developing these qualities in students, the midwifery programmes aim to equip them with the ability to apply biological, social, political, and cultural perspectives to the context of childbearing.   

Students will receive experience in a range of maternity care settings, including clients’ homes, community clinics, hospitals and midwifery led birth units.  On completion of the midwifery programmes students will be capable of providing a safe, competent and satisfactory experience for the childbearing woman, the baby and the family. Students will obtain professional registration with the NMC as well as receiving an academic award of BSc (Hons), or Postgraduate Diploma (see below). 

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Pre-registration Midwifery Programmes

BSc (Hons) Midwifery Long Programme

Duration: Three years 

For students who are not an Adult Nurse


For the degree course we require 300 points, with at least three A levels at grade BBB or an equivalent Pass on the Access HE Diploma with 30 of the 45 Level 3 graded units at distinction, to include 12 Level 3 credits in Biology.

We also require English Language and Maths GCSE grade C as individual subjects. Science GCSE grade C or above, or unless inherent in a current course of study.

All candidates will be screened for convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings that are not "protected" as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013).

BSc (Hons) Midwifery Short Programme

Duration: 85 weeks duration

For students who are registered nurses on Part 1 of the register (Adult Field)

Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery

Duration: Short Programme 85 weeks

For students who are registered nurses, on Part 1 of the register (Adult Field) who possess a BSc in nursing.

Our midwifery programmes comprise 50% theory and 50% practice; both theory and practice are graded and contribute to the overall award.   

For full entry requirements and further information, please view our prospectus.

PLEASE NOTE - Entry applications BSc (Hons) Midwifery Long Programme is only via UCAS 

Applications will not be accepted after 15th January for the year of entry (i.e. 15th January 2016 for entry in September 2016)

Block interviews for successful applicants will be held in March only for entry in September. Interview days for the Short Programme will be held during October.  Due to the limited number of places you will not be able to defer your place for our midwifery degree.

For further information, please contact us at fhsc.admiss@hull.ac.uk.

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