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Heya,

I am in Year 9 and just about to choose my options for my gcses. I would like to be a midwife/special care baby nurse. But i don't know what gcses i need to take so i was just wondering if anyone knew?

Thanks Ellie x
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Health and Social Care is probably your main one, chuck in Triple Science if you want to be something more advanced than a Midwife, and basically you can do whatever the hell you like as long as you have Health and Social
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Sociology, health and social, and if you're good at science ( tripple ).
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Heya,

I am in Year 9 and just about to choose my options for my gcses. I would like to be a midwife/special care baby nurse. But i don't know what gcses i need to take so i was just wondering if anyone knew?

Thanks Ellie x
a midwife and neonatal nurse are nothing alike i would stick with science subjects and psychology, but you need to pass your GCSE's before you can do your a-levels
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GCSEs don't affect you, it's only at A-Level you need to start thinking about future career choices. Though you could choose something like Triple Science or Health & Social because it's relevant.
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Firstly, there is a huge difference between a midwife and a neonatal nurse.

A midwife is a highly skilled, trained professional who provides advice and care for expectant mothers. A midwife organises and carries out tests and scans during the pregnancy to check mother and baby are healthy. She offers advice and support at this time when an array of changes are taking place for the mother - to both her body and her feelings.

Closer to the due date, when the baby is ready to be born, the midwife organises the birth itself and is on hand in case the mother goes into labour. From the onset of labour the midwife is present to assist and advise the course of the birth itself, from helping the mother through her contractions to the delivering of the baby. The midwife reassures and calms the mother, whilst also ensuring that things are going smoothly.

Once the new baby has been born, the midwife may also help the new mother adjust to having a child in their life.

Neonatal nurses work either within specialist neonatal units (within maternity or children’s hospitals) or in the community.

Neonatal nurses care for new-born babies who are premature or are born sick. There are a vast number of conditions that can affect a new-born baby and require treatment from specialists within the multidisciplinary healthcare team.

Premature babies have particular problems as a result of being born too soon, in particular problems such as respiratory difficulties that can be life threatening if not treated promptly and appropriately by the specialist team. Likewise, the nutritional needs of the sick newborn and premature babies will require specialist care.

The neonatal nurse also has the important role of supporting the parents of the baby at a time when they themselves are very anxious and stressed. As far as possible, the parents and occasionally other family members are encouraged to take an active role in the care of the baby.

So it depends entirely on whether or not you want to be in a job where your primary concern is that of a pregnant woman or that of a baby.

Regarding GCSES:
Although science is a core subject you should have a strong background in it, specifically in biology.

Here are some choices of options that I think will be useful:

Child development - Child development will give you good background knowledge on how a child grows and develops from being concieved right up to puberty. The subject, at my school at least, concentrates more on younger children and their development and you will undertake a case study where you visit a child three-six times over your final year to see how they have grown each time.

Health and social care diploma - I don't know how it works in your school but in mine we have four options. This subject takes up three of them as it is a diploma. I haven't taken it myself but it gives you a very good understanding of all of the jobs in the health and social care sector. So, if you do happen to change your mind about nursing/midwiffery then you still have plenty of other options.

Other than these subjects, I would reccomend taking some that you enjoy too. The subjects that you take when you get to college will be more important. Having said that, don't slack in your GCSE's. They seriously do count.

Sorry this is such a long post. I, too, am considering neonatal nursing and did a lot of research beforehand.

I hope this helps!
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Heya me and my friend want to do health and social course in collage but we have not idea if we need ICT for a gcse to get into the course?? So our teacher is giving us the choice to leave shall we take it ??
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Take triple science if you enjoy learning about the body, how medicines workand feel you could use this as an advantage, but this most definitely will notbe essential so you might prefer to stick to double science. Be sure to get Cgrades and above!
Health and Social care would definitely be a good subject to take and isrecommended by midwives themselves!
Make sure you pass your English GCSE exams in order to prove your ability to read,write and communicate. This links to the importance of your people skills.
Mathematics is an important subject to pass anyway but when entering a careerin the medical profession each day is likely to involve numeracy skills.
You might want to take either Geography or History to count as one of your humanitysubjects. Humanity subjects are useful in improving your intelligence, abilityto read and write and interesting facts which you might use in your career.
Nowadays, qualifications in modern foreign languages (MFL) are useful inimproving communication and your confidence to talk to a range of people ofdifferent nationalities.
If you have the option to take Psychology or Sociology then definitely considerit as they are interesting and useful to use in a career like midwifery whereyou are working with people and using your knowledge of the body and health.
Your GCSE’s are important and you must make sure you work hard in order toachieve the best grades possible. You then may decide that you want to do Alevels or you might prefer to do a BTEC diploma in childcare of health andsocial before going into nursing/midwifery.
Hope this has helped and good luck! If you want any information regarding GCSE’sI’d be more than happy to answer any questions
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Heya me and my friend want to do health and social course in collage but we have not idea if we need ICT for a gcse to get into the course?? So our teacher is giving us the choice to leave shall we take it ??
ICT would not be essential, you should focus on maybe doing Health and Social for GCSE and passing subjects like English, Mathematics and at least one of your sciences
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do i have to do triple sciense GCSE to become a midwife ?????
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hello thanks for your reply so i dont have to do triple scianse to become a midwife
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hi im in year 9 as well and i really want to become a midwife im panicking because we have to choose pretty soon and i don't no if i have to do triple science.
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You can take whatever you want, it makes no difference whatsoever! It's only really at A level that you need to think about it more. Take the subjects that you enjoy and that you feel you'll be able to do well in!
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hiya

im in year 9 and im about to choose my GCSE's and i would like to be a midwife but there isnt a social care or health and social option just child development would that help me in anyway or would it just be useless?
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hiya

im in year 9 and im about to choose my GCSE's and i would like to be a midwife but there isnt a social care or health and social option just child development would that help me in anyway or would it just be useless?
No I wouldn't do that If I was you, midwifery isn't much about the child at all and obviously once the child is born they're only under your care for a couple of weeks! Midwifery is about the woman! I'd go for a different subject!


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if you want to be a midwife do child development because it is very helpful and do health and social.
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Hiya,
To be a midwife, your obviously helping with birth and pregnancy so it would be important if you chose subjects to do with caring for people such as: Child development
Health and social care(worth 2 gcses)
Also it depends if your school offers these subjects. And make sure to choose a variety of subjects because you never know whats going to happen or if your going to change your mind. Have you been given a guide for each subject, it usually explains each subject and if you want to become a midwife read the factors and then decide if they match your job.
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hiya

im in year 9 and im about to choose my GCSE's and i would like to be a midwife but there isnt a social care or health and social option just child development would that help me in anyway or would it just be useless?
Actually child development is more useful than health and social care and it usually is about early years so in your case its very good.
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maths english science
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hi im in year 9 as well and i really want to become a midwife im panicking because we have to choose pretty soon and i don't no if i have to do triple science.
you might aswell do triple science
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