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How can we get a midwifery apprenticeship from the NHS? Is it better to do an apprenticeship or get a uni degree? I am planning to do a career in midwifery and I want to know more about it.
Original post by Aniksha_629
How can we get a midwifery apprenticeship from the NHS? Is it better to do an apprenticeship or get a uni degree? I am planning to do a career in midwifery and I want to know more about it.

You'll have to see if the maternity unit/ hospital trust has available funding for a apprenticeship midwifery course and then hope they will take you on.

Difference between apprenticeship and university degree is you'll be paid throughout your apprenticeship coursework unlike your normal university degree course when you not paid except for any learning grants available and student loans.

I know with the university degree they will arrange all your placements for you, not sure how the apprenticeship side works for when you have to do placements as you may have to do that yourself but obviously get all the necessary information required before choosing.

Personal if you rather do the university midwifery course then go ahead and apply for it and hopefully you'll get a opportunity to go to university and become a midwife in 3 years.


I have only dealt with students coming through the university degree for midwifery.

A NHS registered midwife
Reply 2
Original post by Tracey_W
You'll have to see if the maternity unit/ hospital trust has available funding for a apprenticeship midwifery course and then hope they will take you on.
Difference between apprenticeship and university degree is you'll be paid throughout your apprenticeship coursework unlike your normal university degree course when you not paid except for any learning grants available and student loans.
I know with the university degree they will arrange all your placements for you, not sure how the apprenticeship side works for when you have to do placements as you may have to do that yourself but obviously get all the necessary information required before choosing.
Personal if you rather do the university midwifery course then go ahead and apply for it and hopefully you'll get a opportunity to go to university and become a midwife in 3 years.
I have only dealt with students coming through the university degree for midwifery.
A NHS registered midwife

Thank you soo much for the help. I would like to know about what are the daily jobs that midwifes have to do and the reality of midwifes: the stress, the placements and everything in general.
Original post by Aniksha_629
Thank you soo much for the help. I would like to know about what are the daily jobs that midwifes have to do and the reality of midwifes: the stress, the placements and everything in general.
Hi
You are welcome 🤗 🤗

Daily tasks are - generally obs ( blood pressure, temperature and checking how the mum is doing and where necessary checking the new baby is feeding etc ok.
Then you have bed making, assisting with handing meals etc out at correct time of day - then correcting the emptys and return to trolley, you might assist with the medication round if anyone requires these, also where someone may need assist with bathing you generally help with this, taking notes when new arrivals comes in to the unit - check there file and ask them what if any problems that they might have,
Another one is if your patient requires a emergency C-section then you normally assist with them to theatre and maybe write down everything on the board....

Every individual midwife has there own way on dealing with daily tasks and how they handle the situation.
Midwifing can be a stressful job at times - this varies with the different situations that you come across with this job ( everything could go smoothly but you'll also have your difficult cases with births as each one is unique).

In general midwifing is a very rewarding job when you see the new parents very happy with there new arrival of baby 🐥 🐥 🍼 . There's no two days the same.
Reply 4
Original post by Tracey_W
Hi
You are welcome 🤗 🤗
Daily tasks are - generally obs ( blood pressure, temperature and checking how the mum is doing and where necessary checking the new baby is feeding etc ok.
Then you have bed making, assisting with handing meals etc out at correct time of day - then correcting the emptys and return to trolley, you might assist with the medication round if anyone requires these, also where someone may need assist with bathing you generally help with this, taking notes when new arrivals comes in to the unit - check there file and ask them what if any problems that they might have,
Another one is if your patient requires a emergency C-section then you normally assist with them to theatre and maybe write down everything on the board....
Every individual midwife has there own way on dealing with daily tasks and how they handle the situation.
Midwifing can be a stressful job at times - this varies with the different situations that you come across with this job ( everything could go smoothly but you'll also have your difficult cases with births as each one is unique).
In general midwifing is a very rewarding job when you see the new parents very happy with there new arrival of baby 🐥 🐥 🍼 . There's no two days the same.

I am really sorry for asking soo many questions 😭
But is are there specific A levels that I should do for a midwife degree for uni in London ? Or specific things I should do like volunteering, which I want to do but idk how and were in London I can do it?
Btw thank you for answering all my questions 🤧🫶💞. I am really sorry for asking too many 💌
Original post by Aniksha_629
I am really sorry for asking soo many questions 😭
But is are there specific A levels that I should do for a midwife degree for uni in London ? Or specific things I should do like volunteering, which I want to do but idk how and were in London I can do it?
Btw thank you for answering all my questions 🤧🫶💞. I am really sorry for asking too many 💌
Below are the minimum requirements for midwifery....
Some universities will ask for a science subject and you'll also get some universities asking for biology as the necessary science subject, check what your chosen universities are requiring ok before you apply.

What Gcses do you need to be a midwife in the UK.....
Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including five GCSES/iGCSES at Grade B or 6. These may include your English, Science and Mathematics if at Grade B or 6. English Language, Mathematics and Science are required at GCSE/iGCSE level with a minimum Grade of C or 4.

A-level. ABB including a science such as Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science.. Applicants who are not studying biology or chemistry A-level may apply if they are studying another relevant subject, such as Psychology, Sociology or Health and Social Care.


Any experience in a nursing sector would be fine for your experience ( not always required but good to have some sort of experience).

Unfortunately I don't know anywhere in London as I'm a NHS Scotland trained midwife.
Reply 6
Original post by Tracey_W
Below are the minimum requirements for midwifery....
Some universities will ask for a science subject and you'll also get some universities asking for biology as the necessary science subject, check what your chosen universities are requiring ok before you apply.
What Gcses do you need to be a midwife in the UK.....
Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including five GCSES/iGCSES at Grade B or 6. These may include your English, Science and Mathematics if at Grade B or 6. English Language, Mathematics and Science are required at GCSE/iGCSE level with a minimum Grade of C or 4.
A-level. ABB including a science such as Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science.. Applicants who are not studying biology or chemistry A-level may apply if they are studying another relevant subject, such as Psychology, Sociology or Health and Social Care.
Any experience in a nursing sector would be fine for your experience ( not always required but good to have some sort of experience).
Unfortunately I don't know anywhere in London as I'm a NHS Scotland trained midwife.

Thank you soo much for taking your time to answer my questions. It really helped me to understand more about midwifery. I really appreciate you help. 💕
Original post by Aniksha_629
Thank you soo much for taking your time to answer my questions. It really helped me to understand more about midwifery. I really appreciate you help. 💕

Hi
Apologies for late reply back 😞 😞
You are welcome 🤗 🤗 wasn't any bother in trying to assist you ☺️

Hopefully you'll be able to work out what requirements you'll need for midwifery and take the necessary career path to becoming a wonderful midwife in the near future.
Hello Aniksha.
I used to teach nurses and health visitors in higher education, and was a manager for NHS workforce, although now retired,

In general, some human biology knowledge is really useful at both levels 2 and 3 and absolutely encouraged. Students without it struggle with the academic work, in my experience. Level 3 access courses for nursing and midwifery were also good preparation.

Degree apprenticeships are advertised on the NHS Jobs website by the sponsoring Trust. You would have a part-time job and do your degree part-time, with no student loans involved.

The qualification is the same as doing a traditional degree with a student loan.
The challenge is that they take usually take longer (usually 4-5 years).

All the organisations I have worked for organised placements for students, they never had to find their own.
(However I suppose it’s possible that some employers might ask you to find placements- you would need to check.)

I saw this yesterday- have a read through. It’s an advert for a midwifery degree apprenticeship in London. This one is asking for BBC grades at level 3.

https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/candidate/jobadvert/C9197-24-0504?keyword=Midwifery%20apprenticeship&language=en

It will give you a lot of general information.
Once you’ve clarified that you have the right qualifications and experience, look on NHS Jobs website and search for ‘midwifery degree apprenticeship’.

https://www.jobs.nhs.uk

If you lack qualifications, that is the place to start and you may need to begin in college.
If you lack the experience, you may need to find a volunteer role or nursing or midwifery support role.

Best Wishes
(edited 3 weeks ago)
Regarding volunteer work, each hospital has a head of volunteers. Decide on which hospital you’re interested in and look on their website for the email address.

Alternatively, phone the switchboard, ask to be put through to the volunteer department and speak to someone.
Original post by Aniksha_629
How can we get a midwifery apprenticeship from the NHS? Is it better to do an apprenticeship or get a uni degree? I am planning to do a career in midwifery and I want to know more about it.

Hello I know of one if you PM me I can send it to you :smile:
On NHS jobs website today: Lewisham & Greenwich midwifery degree apprenticeship. Closing date 20 May 2024.

For more information, click on the link below.
https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/candidate/jobadvert/C9197-24-0553?keyword=Degree%20Midwifery%20apprenticeship&language=en

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