Course Overview

NO TUITION FEES: UK and EU students are eligible to apply for an enhanced support package for health related courses offered through the NHS Wales Bursary arrangements.

EMPLOYABILITY: 100% of Student Midwives from Swansea University were employed in graduate level jobs within six months of graduating in 2017. (Unistats 2017)

AVERAGE EARNINGS: Midwifery graduates can apply for Band 5 employment in the NHS with a starting salary of £22,128. 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

  • Ranked 2nd in the UK for Midwifery (Guardian University Guide 2019)
  • 95% of students say that overall, they are satisfied with the quality of the course (Unistats 2017)
  • 100% of Midwifery graduates are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating (Unistats 2017)
  • 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
  • You can study part of your degree through the medium of Welsh. There are internal scholarships and Coleg Cymraeg scholarships available to those who choose to study through the medium of Welsh 
  • 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.

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Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Undergraduate / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHM121Academic Year20Introduction to the Profession of Midwifery
SHM122Academic Year20Bioscience for Midwifery
SHM123Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Midwifery and Public Health
SHM124Academic Year10Study Skills for Midwifery
SHM125Academic Year40Building the Foundations for My Midwifery Practice

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Undergraduate / HEDip
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHM242Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Psychosocial and Cultural Context of Childbearing
SHM243Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Complex Needs in Pregnancy
SHM244Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Complex and Urgent Maternity Care
SHM245Academic Year40Developing My Midwifery Practice

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Undergraduate / Honours
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHM326Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Using research to inform my practice
SHM327Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Preparing for Professional Practice
SHM328Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Becoming a Midwife - the Final Push
SHM329Academic Year40Consolidating My Midwifery Practice


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

  • 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above inc Maths, English/Welsh, traditional science (Biology/Physics/Chemistry) or Double science CC
  • A-Levels/Welsh Baccalaureate*: BBB
  • All BTEC qualifications at Distinction
  • International Baccalaureate: 32
  • A combination of BTEC Distinction and grade B A levels may be accepted
  • A degree will be accepted instead of A levels
  • An Access course - 30 Distinctions and 15 merits. (Other qualifications; eg BTEC distinction, or A levels, may be accepted in lieu of a shortfall in the Access award)  
  • HE Cert in maternity care
  • If your first language is not English then you need an IELTS score of 7 (with a minimum of 7 in each component)
  • Candidates will be expected to participate in group discussions and team work during interviews. Here are more details about the interview process.

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 2018.

Visit our web page for Interview Information 

We do not offer deferred places.

Please view our  Vaccination Policy for Applicants

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

Apply via UCAS 

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BMid (Hons) Full-time WEDS N/A

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

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

From September 2017, any student studying an NHS course (Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Healthcare Science) has the choice as to whether they receive funding from the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme or via Student Loans and Grants. In normal circumstances, students cannot change their funding route. Exceptional cases will be considered through an appeals mechanism.

To receive funding from the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme, students will have to commit to working in Wales for 2 years following the completion of their course. (different timescales apply for courses longer or shorter than 3 years).

It is advised that all students read the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme FAQ’s and Terms and Conditions.

Find out more about tuition fees at Swansea.


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, click here to read the Swansea University accommodation guarantee.