Entry requirements for midwifery degree courses and degree apprenticeships tend to vary because each university and employer can set its own criteria.
Midwifery degree courses usually require three A levels or equivalent level 3 qualifications, in addition to GCSEs and evidence of literacy and numeracy. A levels or level 3 qualifications in the sciences tend to be preferred, and some universities require a qualification in biology.
Some universities will have broader entry requirements and accept alternatives such as access courses. For entry to midwifery courses, ‘Access to Health and Social Care’ courses are most applicable. Courses are available as both full and part time study and lead to the award of an Access to H.E (Higher Education) Diploma, which is recognised by universities as a substitute for A levels. However, it is best to contact universities directly to find out if your qualifications meet the entry requirements.
If you are already registered as an adult nurse, you can apply for a shortened 18-month midwifery programme. To apply for this programme, you will usually need at least six months’ experience as a staff nurse. A list of universities that provide approved midwifery degree programmes and shortened 18-month programmes can be found on the Nursing and Midwifery Council website.
An alternative route in to midwifery is taking a degree apprenticeship which combines on the job training with a recognised qualification. Apprentices will usually need to meet the entry requirements for the level 6 degree set by the university and any requirements set by individual employers. More information can be found on the Royal College of Midwives website.