Course Overview

NO TUITION FEES: to pay for UK students

EMPLOYABILITY: 100% of Student Midwives from Swansea University were employed in graduate level jobs within six months of graduating in 2015.

AVERAGE EARNINGS: Midwifery graduates can apply for Band 5 employment in the NHS with a starting salary of about £21,000. This rises to £34,000 for a highly-experienced midwife.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum BBB at A2 level plus at least 5 A-C GCSE passes including Welsh/English Language, Maths and Double Science or a Single Physical Science such as Biology.

ACCREDITATION: The course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Graduates are eligible to apply for Registered Midwife status and start practising.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Unfortunately this course is not currently available to international students.

Key Features

  • The university moved up 20 places from 33 to 13th for Nursing in the National Student Survey 2014. It is ranked top in Wales.
  • 14th in the UK for Nursing (Guardian University Guide 2016)
  • Many academic staff are also Registered Midwives still working in practice
  • Small student cohorts allow for a personal learning experience
  • Half the time on the course is spent at University, half in practice placements in a wide range of settings across south west Wales.
  • Students work with midwives in community-based teams, midwifery-led birth centres and hospital maternity units The nearest maternity hospital is next-door to the Campus
  • The clinical practice suite allows students to gain confidence and experience in a realistic environment before they move on to work placements.
  • Read more about College of Human and Health Sciences facilities.

Some modules are available to study through the medium of Welsh. Please contact Rachel Williams for further information.

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Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.


Students of BMid (Hons) Midwifery at Swansea University graduate as highly skilled professionals with the clinical expertise and interpersonal skills to ensure a woman’s physical and emotional well-being during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. The programme is designed to build upon student midwives’ strengths so they become professional and motivated practitioners.

Student midwives will develop a heightened level of self-awareness and sensitivity towards women and families throughout the programme. The Midwifery and Reproductive Health team offers a broad range of experience and subject interest. In partnership with other disciplines our well established research culture supports evidence based practice.

The course develops creativity and originality of expression and the ability to analyse and make use of research. Students are also taught how to evaluate and critique research studies, so they become thoughtful and critical users of research in practice.

The learning environment is supportive but the student is expected to take responsibility for her or his personal and professional development. Graduates should become life-long learners; confident, competent and accountable for their own practice as a midwife, meeting the challenges of contemporary practice.

Many team members are engaged in research and pass their learning on to students, opportunities exist at the College of Human and Health Sciences for qualified midwives to further develop skills in relation to practice, management, research and education.

Many past students have returned to take postgraduate degrees including MSc Healthcare Management and other relevant practice based learning subjects. We also offer a BSc in Contraception and Sexual Health Practice.


Find out more about research at the College of Human and Health Sciences 

The University’s Academic Success Programme offers complementary study skills courses to help students maximise their potential.



Entry Requirements

Minimum BBB at A2 level plus at least 5 A-C GCSE passes including Welsh/English Language, Maths and Double Science or a Single Physical Science such as Biology. 

  • All applicants need to demonstrate a strong educational profile over the previous three to five years
  • A2 levels in any subject area are accepted
  • All candidates will be expected to demonstrate a detailed understanding of midwifery
  • Care experience in any setting is helpful but not essential. Gaining experience in a maternity care setting is not a requirement
  • If your first language is not English then you need an IELTS score of 7
  • Candidates will be expected to participate in group discussions and team work during interviews. Here are more details about the interview process.

Alternative Requirements

  • Access: 30 Distinctions and 15 credits.
  • Welsh baccalaureate: Pass and  BC at A2 level or DD at BTEC
  • Irish leaving certificate: 345
  • A comprehensive list of equivalent qualifications can be viewed here.

Any offer of a place will also require:

Applicants should also familiarise themselves with the NHS Wales Values and Standards of Behaviour.

International Students - Unfortunately this course is not currently available to international students. Please click here to find out about other opportunities for International Students at Swansea  

How To Apply

Applications for BMid (Hons) Midwifery must be made through UCAS and received by 15th January 2017.

We do not offer deferred places.

Please view our  Vaccination Policy for Applicants

If you suspect you have a latex allergy, please discuss with Cathy Anthony in Occupational Health before applying.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BMid (Hons) Full-time

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

You may face additional costs while at university, including (but not limited to):

  • Buying portfolio folders
  • Parking at the recreation ground and travel to and from campus. Costs for travel to placements are reimbursed by the university
  • Photocopying and buying stationery, USB sticks
  • Funding for study days
  • Buying recommended books, although the campus library will have all the texts you need. Likely costs are about £75 in year one, and £100 in years two and three.
  • Uniforms are provided but students need to buy a fob or pocket watch and appropriate footwear
  • Hiring robes for graduation and  tuxedos if attending the ball

Fees and Funding

There are no tuition fees to pay for BMid (Hons) Midwifery for UK / EU students. Find out more here about fees and how to pay.


You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Find out more here about scholarships and bursaries.

UK students may also be eligible for a non means-tested grant of £1,000 and a means-tested bursary of up to £4,395 each year.   Maintenance loans and allowances for travel, children and dependents may also be available. Here is more about NHS Funding

There may also be help from the NHS Workforce, Education and Development Services.

Current students can find out more here about fees and funding for standard undergraduate degrees. 

Course Structure

The Midwifery course starts each September and there are three modules per year running between September and December, January and March/April, April/May to July/August.

Dates vary from year to year but students have two weeks’ annual leave at Christmas, one week at Easter and four weeks non-university time during the summer.

Small student cohorts allow for a personal learning experience. The degree is comprised of blocks of study and practice and teaching will take place through lectures and seminars, discussion groups, role play and simulation exercises. This is supported by teaching in clinical practice from clinical teachers and mentors.

Clinical visits by tutors for one-to-one tutorials in practice maintain the close links between the Midwifery team in the College and our practice partners.

Here is a full list of term dates


Students are assessed through written assignments, examinations, and practical assessment or OSCEs. Assessment in clinical practice is made through a clinical portfolio and grading of practice

Work Placements

We have the full support of many healthcare providers and are able to offer a wide range of clinical placements in South West Wales so students get used working independently, in the community or in hospitals and birth centres through south and west Wales

These are usually arranged as near to the student’s place of residence as possible. In order to experience variety, all students will be expected to travel within west Wales at different stages. Bed and breakfast accommodation will be provided if necessary.

When not on work placements, students will be taught at Swansea University’s main campus.


Careers in Midwifery

Midwifery graduates can expect a starting salary of about £21,000 rising to £40,000 for a highly-experienced midwife.

Promotion prospects for Swansea University graduates are very good with midwives commonly achieving Band 6 grading after one year of continuous practice in the NHS. Further career progression depends upon job opportunities, as well as individual ability and talent.

Midwives also often take up specialist roles in areas such as teenage pregnancy, substance misuse, breast feeding, sexual health, high risk care, antenatal education, antenatal screening and homebirth.

The Swansea University BMid (Hons) Midwifery qualification is highly valued in other countries, and could enable our graduates to work abroad in countries such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Visit our employability pages to find out more about our successful alumni. 

Midwives also undertake research, write journal papers and books or work in teaching or management.

Several recently qualified students have attained midwifery posts in maternity units across England, as well as Wales. Other alumni have become Specialist Midwives in London, won prestigious research scholarships or are  working abroad in, for example, Australia.

Students are encouraged to attend Swansea Employability Academy events and workshops held across campus each year. 


Accommodation in residences is designated for new first year Human and Health Science students. Here are your Swansea University accommodation options.

To make sure you get a room in residence in your first year, read the Swansea University accommodation guarantee.