Entry requirements and training (midwifery)

This page has information on the entry requirements and training for midwifery. 

Training to be a midwife involves studying for a degree in midwifery. As there are no national minimum academic entry requirements for entry into pre-registration midwifery degrees, each university running courses sets its own criteria. However, they usually look for a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above - typically including English language or literature and a science subject - and either two or three A-levels or equivalent. 

There is no legal minimum age requirement or upper age limit for entry onto pre-registration midwifery programmes.

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Alternatives to GCSEs and A-levels

The NHS and education sector encourages applications from people with a wide range of academic and vocational qualifications. Examples of qualifications that may be considered broadly equivalent to five GCSEs at grade C or above include:

 Examples of qualifications that may be considered broadly equivalent to two A-levels include:

Applicants who left full-time education some time ago may be required to give evidence of successful recent academic study, such as a QAA accredited access to midwifery or equivalent. It is essential that you check with each university directly before applying to see if your qualifications meet their entry standard. 

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