Faculty of Health and Social Care

Midwifery programmes


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 equivalent). 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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