Applying for a course
Applications for degree programmes should be submitted through the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) in the autumn of the year before the course starts. It is advisable to start your application as early as possible so you have time to proofread and make any amendments.
Applications usually require a personal statement outlining why you are interested in the course, and what ambitions, skills and experiences you have. Your personal statement is limited to 47 lines or 4,000 characters including spaces, so your writing must be detailed but concise. More information on how to write a personal statement can be found on the UCAS website.
It is important to visit the university before submitting your application so that you know that the university and course are right for you. Most universities will have open days throughout the year, and you can usually speak to lecturers and current students about their experiences.
If you are not successful in being selected for interview, you should try to get some feedback from the university admissions team. This feedback may be useful if you attend an interview for another university, or if you decide to apply again the following year.
If you are invited for an interview, you are usually given a few weeks to prepare for it, and you should be given some information about what it will entail. Each university interview process is different, but most interviews will involve university lecturers and practising midwives asking you questions.
You should prepare for the interview by researching the university and course, and reading about current issues in the world of midwifery and healthcare. You may wish to keep up to date with the latest news through our free monthly newsletter.
You may be asked questions such as:
- Why do you want to be a midwife?
- Can you define the role of the midwife?
- What areas of the course interest you the most?
- What are the current issues affecting midwifery?
- What do you know about the Nursing and Midwifery Council?
The interview may also involve personal questions about your skills and experiences. These questions may be based upon aspects of your personal statement.
You may be asked:
- How do you manage your time?
- Can you describe a time when you have worked well in a team?
- Can you describe a time when you took steps to make an improvement?
- How will you cope with the pressures of university work and placements?
- Have you done any work experience to prepare yourself for the course?
Overall, it is important to be prepared for the interview and remain calm and confident. Our top tips include:
- Have a clear understanding of the course content
- Keep a copy of your application form
- Be able to articulate why you want to become a midwife
- Answer questions in detail and avoid single word responses
- Be prepared to ask a few relevant questions about the course
The Clearing process
If you do not receive any university offers, or if you do not meet the conditions of your offers, you can sometimes apply for courses through the UCAS Clearing system. This is available between July and October, and you can apply for any course that still has places available. More information can be found on the UCAS website.
It is important to note that midwifery courses are usually competitive and there may only be a limited number of Clearing places available. You should make sure that any courses available are right for you, and sometimes it may be best to apply again the following year.