BSc (Hons) Single

The Department of Midwifery, Child and Reproductive Health delivers a pre-registration midwifery programme which leads to registration as a midwife on the NMC professional register and the academic award of a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Midwifery.

The pre-registration programme was re-validated in May 2012, receiving a number of commendations from the validation team in respect of student support and feedback, professional relationships with practice colleagues and students commitment to interprofessional learning. 

Why study Midwifery at the Riverside Campus, Chester?    

Mandatory for those who wish to enter professional practice as a midwife. Theory sessions are held at Riverside Campus in Chester, which is approximately 1.5 miles from the Parkgate Road Campus, Chester. 

Riverside Campus has three skills laboratories and an observation area where students are able to practise their clinical skills prior to starting their placement. There is a purpose built library with computer access for students in addition to two IT suites for student use.

Practice experience includes community experience and hospital experience and will be gained at one of five sites:

Countess of Chester Hospital Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral
Warrington General Hospital Leighton Hospital, Near Crewe
Macclesfield Hospital



The new curriculum was implemented in September 2012: it is both dynamic and innovative and designed to prepare students for the realities of professional practice. 

A variety of learning and teaching strategies are used to deliver this, including scenario and enquiry based learning.  Both theory and practice are graded in line with NMC requirements.


Fees and Funding:

Students accepted on to an NHS-funded degree course will receive an NHS Means Tested Bursary and may also be entitled to apply for a student loan. The NHS will meet the tuition fee contribution for the course in full. Information about financial assistance and the NHS Bursary Scheme can be found on the NHS Student Bursaries website at: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students

Or you can contact:
NHS Student Bursaries
Hesketh House
200-220 Broadway
Tel: 0300 330 1345 or 0191 279 0570

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme.  Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time as part of the University’s commitment to curriculum enhancement.

Programme Structure:

Module Code
Module Description
Level 4
MW4100 Applied Sciences in Midwifery Practice 1    20
MW4101 Applied Sciences in Midwifery Practice 2    20
MW4102 Health Promotion & Public Health Within Midwifery Practice     20
MW4103 Normal Midwifery Care 20
MW4104 Skills for Midwifery Practice 20
MW4105 Key Skills for Midwifery 20
Level 5
MW5100 Sexual Health & the Role of the Midwife 20
MW5101 Care of the Newborn Infant 20 
MW5102 Maternity Complications & Emergencies 20
MW5103 Professional Issues in Midwifery  20
MW5104 Neonatal Nutrition 20
MW5105 Medical Disorders in Pregnancy  20
 Level 6
MW6200 The Accountable Midwife 20
MW6201 Governance Driving Maternity Services 20
MW6202 Preparation for Professional Practice 20
MW6203 Research in Context  20
MW6204 Research Proposal 40

All modules include assessment of theory, and most include assessment of practice. Theory is assessed using a range of assessment methods, such as essays, reflections, examinations, presentations, case histories and a dissertation.

Formative assessment is an integral part of the programme and students may obtain feedback on plans and drafts of their work prior to submission, as outlined in the Faculty's drafts policy.

Practice is assessed using OSCEs, written reports from mentors and completion of the NMC Standards and Essential Skills Clusters.  Students should undertake intermediate formative assessment in practice before completing final assessments.

The course will prepare you for a wide range of jobs including:

Jobs directly related to your degree:

Jobs where your degree would be useful:


You will be equipped with transferable skills which are valued by employers such as:

  • written and oral communication;
  • flexibility;
  • adaptability;
  • empathy;
  • organisation and time management;
  • leadership;
  • determination and tenacity;
  • the ability to conduct research;
  • problem solving;
  • decision making.

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Before applying, please read the NHS Constitution for England

The NHS Constitution establishes the principles and values of the NHS in England. It sets out rights to which patients, public and staff are entitled, as well as pledges which the NHS is committed to achieve, together with responsibilities which the public, patients and staff owe to one another to ensure that the NHS operates fairly and effectively. The recruitment and selection processes used by the Faculty of Health and Social Care are aligned to the NHS Constitution and applicants are strongly advised to read and reflect upon this prior to application.

GCSE All applicants must have GCSE English and Maths at grade C (or above). Please note that we do not accept equivalent qualifications and no longer accept Level 2 Key Skills/Functional Skills.
UCAS points: A minimum of 300 UCAS points from GCE A Levels, one of which must be in Biology, Human Biology or Applied Science. A maximum of 20 points may be achieved from GCE AS Levels. Typical offer will be grades BBB at A Level or 300 points incl. grades BBC at A Level. Please note we will not be accepting Health & Social Care in place of Biology.
Irish/Scottish Highers: B in 4 subjects, including Biology or Human Biology
International Baccalaureate:

28 points, including 5 or above in Higher Level Biology


QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma (Nursing and/or Midwifery, Allied Health Professionals): 60 credits to achieve Access to HE Diploma, including 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be achieved in (Level 3) Biology, Human Biology or Applied Science, all 15 credits must be at distinction grade and the remaining at merit grade.


BTEC National Extended/Diploma in Applied Science (NOT Forensic Science): DMM-DDM; other BTEC Extended/Diploma subjects will be considered (merit/distinction profile) but must be combined with A level Biology, Human Biology or Applied Science.

OCR: OCR National Extended/Diploma: merit/distinction profile plus GCE A level Biology, Human Biology or Applied Science

Extra Information:

The Advanced Diploma: acceptable in combination with GCE A Level Biology or Human Biology; Open College Units or Open University credits (including Biology)

Welsh Baccalaureate (core) will be recognised in our tariff offer.

Work experieince in a healthcare setting, paid or voluntary, is also recommended.

As part of the selection process, all candidates admitted to the programme will have to be formally interviewed. The health of all successful candidates will be assessed to establish fitness to undertake midwifery education, and a DBS clearance is carried out on all candidates.

There are other qualifications that may meet the requirement, either in part or in full. To check the acceptability of your qualifications please contact:

Health and Social Care Admissions, University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester CH1 4BJ

Email: hscadmissions@chester.ac.uk

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The course was the most valuable, gratifying and life changing experience of my life. The support I received from fellow students and tutors was immense and it was the best thing I have ever done."

Midwifery graduate Rachael