BA (Hons) Midwifery Practice

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B720 ABB (See full entry requirements) 3 years full-time
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Midwifery at York

We're proud to be one of the UK's most popular Midwifery programmes. What makes us special is what makes you stand out. One of the programme's unique features is its focus on integrated education, providing a balance of theory and practice. So, in addition to University based education, you gain practical experience of clinical work in a variety of settings, including home birth. 

Course overview

Midwifery education at York offers you:

  • A BA (Hons) degree, with a strong focus on developing your interpersonal and communication skills
  • A uniquely integrated curriculum, combining practice and theory 
  • A ‘Baby Friendly’ accredited programme – a prestigious UNICEF award for excellence in infant feeding educational content
  • Excellent standards of one-to-one mentoring in clinical practice, plus a full range of small group, interactive learning and teaching methods.

The skills you gain at York will equip you to develop as a safe, clinically competent, practitioner with the potential to lead professional maternity care. We aim to produce midwives with strong interpersonal skills, able to work in partnership with women and families, respecting diversity of social, cultural and ethnic background.

Opportunities to study abroad

You will have the opportunity to undertake an elective placement at the end of year two and this may be in another country, subject to self-funding.

Midwifery Student

"For my elective placement, I chose to go to The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee."

Larissa Heath
Midwifery Student

Read more about Larissa's experience on our midwifery programme

Student blog

Read current student Eleni's blog.

Download a brochure

Midwifery brochure (PDF  , 5,266kb)

Course content

What you'll study

Each year is made up of four terms, the first six terms of the programme focus on the care of women and families throughout the normal pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal adaptation to motherhood. The emphasis is on facilitating the development of knowledge, skills and understanding of normality so that you can then be alert to situations and clinical presentations that deviate from this.

Subsequent modules introduce the theory and skills required when caring for women experiencing complicated maternities. You will access practice areas that support this development, for example, the Special Care Baby Unit and Antenatal Day Assessment Unit.

During the third year, your learning will focus on how the midwife can facilitate optimal maternal and neonatal health in complex social circumstances. You will explore the concept of skilled companionship in midwfery and its application to practice. You will also have the opportunity to caseload a select group of clients with the aim of offering continuity of care throughout the childbrith continuum.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.

This module will:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct;
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work;
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts;
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.


How you'll be taught

Theoretical Learning

Clinical practice and theoretical learning are integrated throughout the programme each year comprising 45 programmed weeks.

A diverse range of teaching methods are used to achieve learning outcomes, including lectures, seminars and group work. For theoretical modules we achieve 20% contact time which is usually classroom based or within the CSU. The remaining time is dedicated study time for reading and completion of relevent tasks.

Clinical Practice

  • You will be placed in maternity care settings from the first term of the programme, supported and supervised by a clinical midwifery mentor
  • Clinical experience will be gained in both hospitals and community settings throughout North Yorkshire, giving you the opportunity to observe and experience a range of midwifery practices and philosophies of management and care
  • You will also access medical and surgical nursing placements
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake an elective placement of your choosing
  • In your third year you will have the opportunity to caseload a small group of clients with the aim of providing continuity of care through the childbirth continuum.

You will also be able to learn and practise your skills in a dedicated Clinical Simulation Unit (CSU) based within the Department at York. You will be supported by a personal supervisor and the module leaders within the academic setting, and by link lecturers and named clinical mentors within all of the practice areas.

Learning Resources

Our libraries provide study space and a wide range of resources to support you in your studies. The J.B. Morrell Library on campus contains extensive collections of books and print journals.

In addition, the University Library also provides access to a wide range of electronic resources. These include over 4,000 electronic journals as well as research databases.


How you'll be assessed

A diverse range of assessment methods are used to achieve and demonstrate learning outcomes. These include clinical analysis, exams, case studies, presentations, use of the virtual learning environment (VLE) and vivas.

Individual written assessment feedback will be provided to you for every piece of summatively assessed work, with the exception of closed examinations.  In addition your feedback may be provided verbally. Verbal feedback can be on a one-to-one basis with academic member of staff or delivered to you on a group basis.


Careers and employability

The Department has an excellent record in students achieving employment after their pre-registration midwifery programme. Over the past two years, all of our students have found employment with the majority securing employment by the end of their degree programme.

Many go into careers with NHS Trusts in North Yorkshire or pursue both national and international opportunities. There is also the option of independent midwifery practice.


How to apply

Click on the how to apply link for more information.

Entry requirements

A levels

ABB.  Please note that we no longer accept General Studies or Critical Thinking as a subject choice.  Two A levels must be from the list of academic subjects.


You must already hold GCSE English Language, Maths and Science (at Grade C or above) or equivalent qualification at the point of application. Applicants undertaking GCSE resits or commencing an equivalent qualification after application will not be considered. You must hold these qualifications at the time of applying unless they are incorporated within your programme of study, for instance Access programmes and BTECs.

International Baccalaureate


Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

SQA Highers (without AH) - AAABB

SQA Advanced Highers + Highers - AB +AABBB

Irish Leaving Certificate



BTEC National Diploma - DDM

QCF BTEC Extended Diploma - DDM

BTEC National Diploma in Early Years or BTEC National Certificate in early Years (Theory & Practical) - DDD

European Baccalaureate

75% overall average

Other qualifications

Access to HE diploma - 60 credits with at least 45 credits achieved at Level 3. You must achieve 15 level 3 credits at distinction and 30 level 3 credits at merit. At least 15 level 3 credits should be in science subjects. We will not normally consider applicants who have progresssed to an access course within three years of taking A levels and failing to achieve the necessary grades for entry to the programme.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma - Pass with D3/M2 in three Principle Subjects / Global Perspectives

English Language Requirements


Mature students

We receive many applications from mature students who are either changing their career or returning to study while raising a family. Midwifery is a subject that has wide ranging appeal and we value a broad span of age groups.  If you are a mature student you have a wealth of life experiences and knowledge to draw upon.

Any questions?

Contact Student Services if you've got any questions:

For interview info (2016/17 application cycle) visit the How to apply page.

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