The study of midwifery will teach you the theory of being a midwife through a blended learning approach including lectures, tutorials, online self-directed learning and workshops. You will prepare for your placements in our simulated clinical environment prior to your practice placements across South-East Scotland. Notable midwifery skills include:
- communication skills
- breast feeding
- normal labour and birth
- initial consultation and history taking
- medicines management
On placement you’ll relate theory to real life practice supported by a midwife mentor specifically trained to support you and assess your achievement.
The experience you gain will enable you to become a conscientious midwife and contribute positively to midwifery practice. You’ll become knowledgeable and skilled in the care of pregnant women, their babies and families and graduate ready to go straight into work.
You’ll also be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This qualification means that you’ve been assessed to be a safe and competent midwife with the necessary understanding and abilities.
What you'll study
- Introduction to professional midwifery practice
- Ante-natal and post-natal midwifery care
- The science of midwifery
- The evidence base for normal labour and birth
- Midwifery care of the new-born and family
- Midwifery practice 1
- Integrated health and social care and midwifery
- Midwifery practice 2
- Medical disorders and the midwife
- Midwifery practice 3
- Midwifery care and emergencies around childbirth
- Midwifery practice 4
- Research skills for professional midwifery practice
- Midwifery practice 5
- Women-centred care in midwifery practice
- Midwifery practice 6
- Midwifery practice 7
Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.
Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.
Minimum year 1
BBBC including English and Biology or Human Biology.
National 5 Grade C in Maths
BCC including Biology and a Literary subject.*
GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths.
GCSE Grade C/4 in English required for candidates who do not have A Level English.
For Midwifery, applicants need to demonstrate a breadth of subject choice and must be studying three separate A-level subjects. We are unable to accept Double Award A-levels for entry to this degree programme.
BTEC National Extended Diploma Level 3
Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in Health and Social Care.
GCSE Maths at C/4.
Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in Applied Sciences + A-Level English or Alternative Literary Subject* at Grade C.
GCSE Maths at C.
Irish Leaving Certificate
Pre-2017 Grading System
B1, B3, B3, B3 at Higher Level including English and Biology.
A2 in two Ordinary Level subjects including Maths.
New Grading System
H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level including English and Biology.
O2 in two Ordinary Level subjects including Maths.
Care and Administrative Practice with B in the graded unit.
Higher Biology/Human Biology at Grade B also required.
Adequate and appropriate recent study is essential. This must include Higher Biology or Human Biology and Higher English or a Literary subject*. Please contact us at Nursingandmidwifery@napier.ac.uk if you are unsure whether or not you would be eligible to apply. Relevant work experience will be considered alongside recent study.
There will be a selection interview and all candidates must meet NMC requirements of good health and good character. Competition for places varies from year-to-year and achievement of the typical minimum entry requirements does not always guarantee shortlisting for interview or a place on the course.
Admission to the Programme is dependent upon a satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) Check. This will be sent to you prior to interview and will be conducted on the interview day. The cost of the PVG check will be paid by the University.
*Literary Subjects include: English/English Literature, History, Modern Studies; Religious, Moral & Philosophical Studies/Christian Theology, Psychology, Geography, Sociology, Health and Social Care, Law.
Please note that we cannot accept applications for deferred entry for this course.
Previous Nursing Students
Please note that students who have already studied a Nursing degree are unlikely to receive funding for a second Nursing degree.
English Language Requirements
If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test. The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in each component). For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.
Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.
If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.
Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
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