University of Surrey Midwifery

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University of Surrey Midwifery

University of Surrey Midwifery

Midwifery: Registered Midwife BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry

What I enjoy most about the programme is being able to learn the theory and reasoning behind our practice and then put that knowledge to use, improving the care experience for women.

Jessica Cormack BSc Midwifery – Registered Midwife

Why Surrey?

There are few professions as rewarding as being a Midwife. As a student Midwife at Surrey, you will benefit from studying at one of the UK’s top universities for nursing, midwifery and paramedical programmes, and join a leading local NHS Trust for your practice experience.

Surrey is one of the UK’s top universities for Midwifery, ranked second by the Complete University Guide 2018, top five by the Guardian University Guide 2017 and top ten by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

Programme overview

On our Midwifery degree, you will be taught by experienced and passionate midwives who are actively engaged in research and closely involved with midwifery colleagues in practice.

Our programme is equally divided between academic learning and practical experience. You will study a broad range of scientific and midwifery topics and will be taught to critically evaluate the evidence-based learning and research findings underpinning practice.

You will develop a responsive attitude to the needs of childbearing women and their families, reflected in your capacity to assess these needs, make judgements, and plan, implement and evaluate care. During the programme, you will gain experience of delivering care to individual women throughout the antenatal, labour and postnatal period.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Professional recognition

Successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Midwifery programme will make you eligible to apply for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The programme has been accredited by the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative for excellence in infant feeding education. This means our graduating midwives are equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to support breastfeeding women and help all parents make informed decisions about feeding their babies.

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A variety of teaching methods is employed to spark your curiosity and provide a stimulating learning experience. These include lectures, computer-assisted learning, enquiry-based learning, small group work, simulation and directed reading. Extensive learning takes place in the practice settings, facilitated by mentors.

For some modules, you will learn alongside students from other healthcare programmes, which will enable you to develop an understanding of the importance of interprofessional teamwork.

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Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

A mixture of continuous assessment and examinations is used to assess both theoretical work and practical experience. Over the three years, you will build up a portfolio of your achievements and progress, reflecting your fitness for practice.

Your learning is supported by our well-equipped library and computer facilities, and you will be allocated your own personal tutor for support and guidance.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey’s Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Careers and Professional Training

Surrey Midwifery students are allocated a ‘home’ NHS Trust in Surrey or West Sussex for their practice experience. Before going out into midwifery practice, you will undertake training within our well-equipped simulation suites to ensure that you have the confidence to perform well.

During each placement, you will work with qualified midwives over a range of shifts, acquiring skills essential for you to provide the highest quality care. You will be supported by clinical and academic staff throughout each placement.

Very positive experiences in practice often lead to our students obtaining employment in their Trusts at the end of the programme.

Student placement localities

All midwifery programmes consist of approximately 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice. The practice component is gained within ‘placements’. The University of Surrey is very fortunate to have a broad range of excellent placements within Surrey and Sussex.

This geographical area is divided up to enable students to be allocated to one distinct area, allowing you to become a member of that community of healthcare practitioners. These geographical divisions are called ‘localities’.

There are five geographical localities serving midwifery programmes at the University of Surrey. Each locality has the maternity unit within a district general hospital setting, as well as community-based placements.

Locality one: East Surrey

Locality one is in the eastern areas of Surrey and serves the Crawley and Horsham areas and surrounding towns and villages.

It offers a strong community of healthcare practitioners working together to provide a high standard of care to the people it serves. Students soon become ‘one of the team’, with most deciding to stay and work there upon qualification.

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) includes the East Surrey Hospital, which is around 28 miles from Guildford and located near Redhill. It is the major acute hospital for East Surrey and North West Sussex. It provides 24/7 emergency services.

The Trust also offers all that you would expect to find in a contemporary maternity unit for midwifery students, and welcome new members of the team. It has a main delivery suite, separate birthing unit with pool room, two inpatient wards (one being for antenatal services) and a 28-bed postnatal ward.

A great deal of activity is delivered close to home by the community midwife teams, split between six geographical areas in the two counties.

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Locality two: North Surrey

Locality two is located in the northern area of Surrey, serving Ashford, Chertsey and other towns and villages around that area. It provides a warm welcome to its students and they soon become one of the community and feel well supported.

The maternity unit at Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Trust is a multi-award-winning service, having recently gained its third national award in as many years. They provide midwife-led care and consultant care for those with additional needs.

Facilities for women are excellent and include a newly developed, midwifery-led birth centre. They also have the only neonatal intensive care unit in the area.

The service has gained the Baby Friendly Certificate of Commitment for breastfeeding and is working hard towards full Baby Friendly compliance.

Midwives coming to work for this Trust can expect a friendly and supportive environment and an excellent developmental programme where midwives can flourish.

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Locality three: North-west Surrey

Locality three is in the north-western area of Surrey and serves the Frimley area as well as surrounding towns and villages. It prides itself in having a friendly atmosphere and welcoming staff who have a positive ‘can do’ attitude.

The Maternity Service is part of the Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and is based in Frimley, with a satellite antenatal clinic in Aldershot. The Maternity Unit serves the population of West Surrey, North East Hampshire and parts of Berkshire.

The Maternity Unit is situated in the main building of the hospital and includes the Obstetric and Gynaecology Clinic, Day Assessment Unit, antenatal and postnatal ward and the Central Delivery Suite.

The service also provides community care to its local population.

The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit, Special Care Baby Unit and theatre suites are adjacent to the unit. There is also a newly developed Midwifery-Led Birth Centre located within the hospital.

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Locality four: Guildford

Locality four serves Guildford and the towns and villages surrounding the University.

The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has 527 beds and provides the local population with both elective and emergency surgery, and services for those with urgent, acute and long-term medical conditions.

It has 14 operating theatres, specialist maxillo-facial services and a tertiary centre for cancer services.

The maternity unit provides care for mothers in a wide variety of settings which include the hospital, a co-located birth centre, children’s centres and at-home. The facilities within the unit include:

  • A delivery suite
  • A dedicated maternity theatre
  • A high-dependency area
  • A birth centre
  • A poolroom
  • Wards
  • A clinic

The whole team is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care to women and have attained full accreditation for the Global Baby Friendly award for its

support of breastfeeding.

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Locality five: West Sussex

Locality five is in West Sussex, serving Chichester and the towns and villages of the beautiful West Sussex coast, as well as the central areas of West Sussex. It is known to be a friendly locality in which to be placed. Students are valued and made to feel part of the local community.

Western Sussex Hospitals Trust has three hospitals: Worthing, Southlands (which is based in Shoreham) and St Richard’s in Chichester. University of Surrey students are allocated to St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester.

The unit at St. Richard’s has three birthing pools, a high-tech operating theatre with a high-dependency recovery area and a special care baby unit. The Chichester Birth Centre gives mothers-to-be the option of a midwife-led service in a homely, relaxed environment.

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Further information about localities and accommodation

Further information about localities and accommodation opportunities within each of the localities is provided to you at the start of the programme and within local induction to the practice environments.

The accommodation provision varies between the localities and usually comprises students organising privately-rented flat-sharing or house-sharing via local agents.

Students should expect to travel to and from placements for the start times of shifts (which can be as early as 7am) and back home when they finish (which can be after 9pm). Night duty is a requirement of the programme.

The theory component of the programme is taught within the University campus in Guildford for all students, irrespective of locality, for the duration of the midwifery programmes.

Process for student allocation to placement

There are limited placements within each hospital, so each new intake of students must be divided up between hospitals to ensure a high quality practice experience for all.

A priority system exists when allocating students to ensure the needs of those students with specific geographical requirements are met as much as possible within the limited capacity in each location.

The priority system identifies the following:

  • Sponsored students are placed within the hospital where the sponsoring Trust has placements
  • Students with dependents are placed in the hospital nearest to their home address, as far as capacity allows
  • Students living in their own homes (or the parental home) at the start of the programme are placed in a hospital as near to their home address as possible, as far as capacity allows
  • Students who opt to live in University accommodation for the start of the programme are allocated according to home address, to the nearest possible hospital, as far as capacity allows

Programme dates and holidays

The three-year programme runs over 45 weeks each year, with seven weeks’ holiday, usually at Christmas, Easter and during the summer. The length of the programme year and the holiday entitlement are requirements of the professional regulator for midwifery education.

Graduate prospects

Our Midwifery graduates have excellent career prospects. There are numerous employment opportunities for qualified midwives, both in the UK and internationally. Many of our graduates secure employment with their ‘home’ Trust following graduation, before going on to further studies and employment.

Midwives can choose to work in both community and hospital settings, and can further their careers by developing specialist expertise in a range of areas, such as family planning and managing pregnancy in women with long-term conditions.

There are also opportunities in education and mentoring, management and research to improve midwifery practice. For more information about careers, visit the NHS careers website.

Following qualification, a midwife can elect to work in NHS Trusts offering differing models of care delivery. The opportunity to develop specialist skills in maternity care is also available.

The introduction of the consultant midwife enables an experienced practitioner to further utilise their knowledge, skills and considerable experience to best effect, in order to influence change and improve care for women and their families.

Registered practitioners

If you are a registered practitioner looking for an undergraduate programme to further your learning, please visit our Continuing Professional Development page.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme.

Commuting (local travel expenses): Students are required to pay upfront cost of travel and accommodation expenses incurred when on placements, these may vary depending on the location. Students starting their studies in 2017/18 will be able to apply for reimbursement of travel and dual accommodation expenses as a result of attending practice placements (this model may not apply for the duration of students studies).

Essential expenses incurred over and above a student’s normal daily travel costs to the University are covered. NHS bursary rules on expenses must be followed and the rates applicable are to be confirmed by the NHS Business Services Authority ( Students also have the option to undertake an additional elective placement, however, all costs for this must be met by the student.

Safety equipment and/or uniform: Although a uniform (tunics and trousers) is provided, you are required to supply your own suitable footwear and any additional uniform. Students are also responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing their uniform.

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?


Overall: ABB. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required Subjects: N/A.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C(4) (equivalents for Science only may be considered).

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Selection process


Admissions staff will review the information provided within the personal statement and reference to assess applications for evidence of academic ability, insight and motivation.

Relevant experience in a healthcare setting and/or evidence of other involvement in the community (for example, school, voluntary or charity responsibilities) is required.

Personal statements should be comprehensive, with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview and selection day.

Interview and selection day

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) will be conducted by University academics, assisted by staff from clinical practice areas.

Applicants selected to attend one of our interview days will be sent detailed guidance on the process with their invitation.

Admission to this programme is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) Section 4 (2) (Exemptions) Order 1975 and DHSS Circular HC(88)9 guidelines regarding police checks and child protection.

Offers are conditional upon satisfactory health and fitness for practice screening, references and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance, or equivalent.

Candidates must also meet national requirements to work with vulnerable adults and children.


Read our guide to references to support your Health Sciences application.

English language requirements

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years B711

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

Additional costs

There are additional costs associated with this programme – view the additional costs section for full details.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government’s loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

We’re committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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The Full Surrey Award 2018 entry

The University will identify eligible students, so there is no application form for this scheme.

International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

How to apply

Find out how and when to apply to study at Surrey.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.