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Overview Our Midwifery course will provide you with the perfect blend of theory and practice to ensure that you emerge as a competent and safe practitioner.

UCAS code


Typical offer

ABB (full entry requirements)


3 years full-time

The BA (Hons) in Midwifery Practice is not just a degree; it gives entry to a challenging and rewarding professional career.

The course at the University of York is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and on successful completion you will gain entry to the relevant part of the register and be qualified to work as a midwife. The course will equip you to be a safe, clinically competent, reflective practitioner and leader within contemporary midwifery, maternity, and healthcare.

Our course philosophy focuses on both the 'art' and 'science' of midwifery. You will develop effective interpersonal skills to work with women, families and colleagues and provide compassionate care in a variety of social and cultural contexts. To underpin this practice you will also gain a comprehensive understanding of the biological science related to pregnancy and childbirth. Through a range of academic and practical modules you will gain skills and knowledge to enable you to provide evidence-based holistic, women-centred care. Our smaller cohort size encourages greater peer support, and varied interactive teaching and learning strategies which promotes student engagement. Distinctive elements include an elective placement which gives you the opportunity to gain diverse midwifery experiences nationally or internationally, and a variety of practice placements in hospitals, midwifery led units and community settings.

The programme is fully accredited by the Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) which sets standards to facilitate effective parent-baby relationships and choices regarding infant feeding.

Our innovative course uses various teaching methods from lectures and group work, to presentation and simulation based education. We use the latest technology in our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Unit. This is a series of rooms which replicate a number of areas where you could work including a fully-equipped four-bedded ward complete with a range of equipment for you to practise on, to community bedrooms and living rooms. These allow you to develop your nursing skills in a safe environment. 

Read about the experiences of our second year student, Jade.

Course content What you’ll study


York is a research-intensive Russell Group university. Our stimulating and supportive midwiferycourse will enable you to become a self-directed and independent learner. You will gain intellectual independence to enable you to contribute and challenge theory and practice. Midwifery students at the University of York engage in various practice communities across healthcare and education in order to facilitate intellectual and professional development. A key feature of our course is its ability to enable you to promote best practice through a service improvement project and develop a personal philosophy for midwifery.
You will develop the personal and professional skills required to become adept at delivering high standards of patient and family-centred care, whilst promoting individual and community health and well being. You will learn about the nature and causation of disease and disability, specific client problems and midwifery interventions.
You will do most of your learning on this course out in practice. Your practice experience will cover the whole of the region and you will work with our partners across York NHS Foundation Trust, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust and Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust, as well as other practice providers. You will benefit from a wide range of experiences in different localities and practice settings, from coastal towns to rural communities.
Integrated theoretical learning and clinical practice take place over 45 weeks each year. You will be placed in maternity care settings from the very first term, supported and supervised by a clinical midwife mentor.

Year 1

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.

Year 2

At the end of Year 2, students have the opportunity to go anywhere in the world on elective placement for four weeks to learn about midwifery in different settings. Some students choose to do two two-week placements.

Study abroad

There are a number of study abroad options at York: 



Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed

Teaching format

You will gain clinical experience in both hospitals and community settings throughout our region. You will also be given the opportunity to access medical and surgical nursing placements and an elective placement of your choosing.

Each year is made up of four terms. The first six terms of the course 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.

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 midwifery 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 childbirth continuum.


We use a diverse range of assessment methods to demonstrate your 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. Your feedback may also be provided verbally. Verbal feedback can be on a one-to-one basis with academic member of staff or delivered to you as a group.

Careers Where you’ll go from here

We have an excellent record in students achieving employment after their midwifery course. Over the past two years, all of our students have found employment and the majority have secured employment before they have left university.

Many of our students go into careers with NHS Trusts in the region or pursue both national and international opportunities. Independent midwifery practice is also an option.

Career opportunities

  • Midwife in the NHS
  • Midwife in independent midwifery practice

Transferable skills

  • Communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Decision making
  • Dealing with pressure in the workplace
  • Leadership

Entry requirements How to get here

Course entry

ABB. Please note that we do not accept General Studies or Critical Thinking as a subject choice. Two A levels must be from the list of academic subjects.

A-levels and GCSEs

A levels


Please note we do not accept General Studies or Critical Thinking as a subject choice. Two A levels are preferred from:

  • Maths and Higher Maths/Statistics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Geography/geology
  • History
  • Languages (modern/classical)
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Law/politics
  • Economics
  • Religious studies
  • Health and Social Care
  • Philosophy
  • Theology
  • ICT
  • Business

Other subject choices may be judged on an individual basis, dependent on the content studied and assessment methods.


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.

Other UK qualifications

Scottish Highers

  • SQA Highers (without AH) - AAABB
  • SQA Advanced Highers + Highers - AB +AABBB

BTEC National Diploma

  • DDM

QCF BTEC Extended Diploma

  •  DDM

BTEC National Diploma in Early Years or BTEC National Certificate in early Years (Theory and Practical)

  • DDD

Cambridge Pre-U

  • Pass with D3/M2 in three Principal Subjects / Global Perspectives

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 progressed to an access course within three years of taking A levels and failing to achieve the necessary grades for entry to the programme.

International options

International Baccalaureate

  • 34

Irish leaving certificate

  • H2,H2,H3,H3,H3,H3

European Baccalaureate

  • 75% overall average

Country specific qualifications

English language


  • 7.0

Other acceptable English language qualifications.

Unistats for this course

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