Oxford Brookes University Midwifery

Oxford Brookes University LogoOxford Brookes University Midwifery

BSc (Hons) – single

Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Midwives are the lead professionals for women experiencing normal childbirth. They also provide care in partnership with the multidisciplinary team for women who have more complex needs.
Midwives do more than assist women in childbirth. They care for women and their families throughout pregnancy, birth and the post-natal period, and have an important role in promoting their optimal health and well-being.
We offer the following BSc pathways to registration as a midwife:
  • a 3-year BSc (Hons) for those with no previous health care experience
  • a 21-month post-experience BSc (Hons) for adult nurses with a current registration in adult nursing with the NMC.
The courses we offer are very popular so early application is advised.

Course details

This 3-year course consists of 24 modules. The 21-month post-registration course consists of 16 modules. In addition to midwifery-specific knowledge, the course covers:

  • biological sciences
  • evidence-based practice
  • research skills
  • the social, psychological, ethical, multicultural and interprofessional dimensions of midwifery care.

Academic study and clinical practice are of equal importance with the midwifery programmes. Oxfordshire offers the full range of midwifery placement settings, including free-standing birth centres, which have excellent reputations for the quality of their maternity services. These placement areas are solely for Oxford Brookes students.

You will be in full-time clinical placement during the weeks you are not at the University, providing midwifery care in all settings including night, weekend and on-call duties. While you are in practice, you will have qualified midwives as mentors to support you and help you gain the experience you need.

Study modules

As courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.

Most modules in both courses are focused around midwifery practice and provide the knowledge and skills needed to become a midwife.

Although there is some scope for flexibility in module choice, this is very limited on pre-registration courses. This is owing to the specific demands of the professional requirements for registration.

A diverse range of subjects relevant to midwifery practice is studied on this course.

3-year BSc (Hons) course only

  • Fundamentals of Midwifery Practice
  • Neonatal Perspectives
  • Science for Midwives 1 and 2
  • Developing Midwifery Practice
  • Introduction to Critical Appraisal Skills for Midwifery
  • Partnerships 2 and 3.

3-year and 21-month post-experience BSc (Hons) courses

The following modules are compulsory on both courses:

  • Fundamentals of Midwifery Practice
  • Neonatal Perspectives
  • Pathology in Childbearing
  • Public Health in Midwifery Practice
  • Emergencies in Midwifery Practice
  • Progressing Critical Appraisal Skills for Midwifery
  • Optional module
  • Complexities in Midwifery Practice
  • Global Perspectives
  • Registration for Midwifery Practice
  • Dissertation