Midwives provide invaluable expertise and care to women and their families, throughout pregnancy, labour and for the first few days after a baby’s birth.
The responsibilities of midwives are diverse. You will provide:
- Full antenatal care, including preparation for parenthood, clinical examinations and screening, identify women with high-risk pregnancies, monitor women and support them during labour and the birthing process.
- Teach new and expectant mothers how to feed, care for and bathe their babies before handing over their ongoing care to a health visitor between ten days and one month after the baby’s birth.
Midwives work in clinics, hospitals and at people’s homes, supporting women to ensure they get the care and help they need.
Typical entry requirements:
Completion of undergraduate degree level programme approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). This may be a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree or midwifery degree apprenticeship.
For undergraduate courses:
- Three A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualifications, plus supporting GCSEs (including English language/literature and a science).
- Entry is competitive and high grades at A-level (or equivalent qualifications at level 3) might be needed. Universities may also ask for certain subjects, such as at least one science or social science subject.
As entry requirements can vary, we always recommend contacting universities and employers to find out the qualifications you’ll need.