Studying midwifery

This page provides an overview of the things to consider if you're thinking about applying to train as a midwife, what you can expect during training and your next steps.

Midwives are involved during all stages of a woman’s pregnancy, labour and early postnatal period.

Midwifery is a separate profession from nursing, although there is a shortened training route for registered adult nurses.

midwife with patient and baby on ward

Applying to become a midwife

The first step to becoming a midwife is to take a degree level programme approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). This may be a full-time undergraduate degree or midwifery degree apprenticeship. 

You can search for NMC-approved courses using our course finder. Applications for full-time approved midwifery degree courses are made through UCAS. For part-time courses, contact individual universities to find out their application procedures. Which? University has some good tips on writing personal statements. 

For midwifery degree apprenticeships, search for vacancies on the NHS Jobs website and the Find an Apprenticeship website

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for midwifery degree courses and degree apprenticeships vary because each university (for degree courses) and employer (for degree apprenticeships) sets its own criteria, but you are likely to need three A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualifications, plus supporting GCSEs.

Contact universities and employers directly to find out whether qualifications equivalent to A-levels or GCSEs are acceptable.

Entry is very competitive, so aim for as high grades at A-level (or equivalent qualifications at level 3) as possible. Courses often specify preferred or essential subjects, such as at least one science, for example biology, or social science subject.

Financial support while studying at university

Find out about financial support while studying midwifery at university

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