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How hard is the midwifery course?

I’m currently just stuck in a rut, I’m 30 next year and stuck in a job that’s going nowhere which I feel like that’s what’s happening with my life, I’ve always dreamt of being a midwife but just never actually gone for it ( my own fault ) but just never thought I was clever enough to do anything like that, is studying/becoming a midwife that hard as I’ve read that it is, I’m not completely stupid but I don’t want to try and just be shot down and end up back down the hole of going nowhere, help/tips/advice is all welcome and Thankyou :smile:
is your job healthcare related
Original post by mfish894
is your job healthcare related
No it’s not
Original post by Jessical2013
I’m currently just stuck in a rut, I’m 30 next year and stuck in a job that’s going nowhere which I feel like that’s what’s happening with my life, I’ve always dreamt of being a midwife but just never actually gone for it ( my own fault ) but just never thought I was clever enough to do anything like that, is studying/becoming a midwife that hard as I’ve read that it is, I’m not completely stupid but I don’t want to try and just be shot down and end up back down the hole of going nowhere, help/tips/advice is all welcome and Thankyou :smile:


Do you have A level or equivalent qualifications?
Original post by normaw
Do you have A level or equivalent qualifications?
Im wanting to get the qualifications I need which is why I made the post to see what I actually needed
Original post by Jessical2013
Im wanting to get the qualifications I need which is why I made the post to see what I actually needed


If you have A levels or Btecs already, then check the entry requirements section on midwifery course pages on uni websites. For example,:

https://www.shu.ac.uk/courses/nursing-and-midwifery/bsc-honours-midwifery/full-time/2025#entry-requirements

If you don't have any A level or Btec qualifications, then you need to consider an Access to Higher Education Diploma course. The diplomas are equivalent to three A levels, they are widely accepted by unis and they can be completed in a year. You can also get a loan to cover fees that is then wiped if you progress to a degree course. More info here:

https://www.accesstohe.ac.uk/about-access
Original post by normaw
If you have A levels or Btecs already, then check the entry requirements section on midwifery course pages on uni websites. For example,:
https://www.shu.ac.uk/courses/nursing-and-midwifery/bsc-honours-midwifery/full-time/2025#entry-requirements
If you don't have any A level or Btec qualifications, then you need to consider an Access to Higher Education Diploma course. The diplomas are equivalent to three A levels, they are widely accepted by unis and they can be completed in a year. You can also get a loan to cover fees that is then wiped if you progress to a degree course. More info here:
https://www.accesstohe.ac.uk/about-access

That’s brilliant, Thankyou for that!
Original post by normaw
If you have A levels or Btecs already, then check the entry requirements section on midwifery course pages on uni websites. For example,:
https://www.shu.ac.uk/courses/nursing-and-midwifery/bsc-honours-midwifery/full-time/2025#entry-requirements
If you don't have any A level or Btec qualifications, then you need to consider an Access to Higher Education Diploma course. The diplomas are equivalent to three A levels, they are widely accepted by unis and they can be completed in a year. You can also get a loan to cover fees that is then wiped if you progress to a degree course. More info here:
https://www.accesstohe.ac.uk/about-access

That’s brilliant, Thankyou for that! :smile:
Original post by Jessical2013
I’m currently just stuck in a rut, I’m 30 next year and stuck in a job that’s going nowhere which I feel like that’s what’s happening with my life, I’ve always dreamt of being a midwife but just never actually gone for it ( my own fault ) but just never thought I was clever enough to do anything like that, is studying/becoming a midwife that hard as I’ve read that it is, I’m not completely stupid but I don’t want to try and just be shot down and end up back down the hole of going nowhere, help/tips/advice is all welcome and Thankyou :smile:

Hi I’m 30 also and just applied for midwifery this year but didn’t get in unfortunately! I went to tech and done a 2 year part time access to university course which gets you into uni if you pass over all with 70% it’s equivalent to Alevels it’s definitely the course you need to do! Good luck!
Original post by StudentM14
Hi I’m 30 also and just applied for midwifery this year but didn’t get in unfortunately! I went to tech and done a 2 year part time access to university course which gets you into uni if you pass over all with 70% it’s equivalent to Alevels it’s definitely the course you need to do! Good luck!

Ooh no how come you didn’t get in? ☹️ that’s brill though Thankyou for that!
Original post by Jessical2013
Ooh no how come you didn’t get in? ☹️ that’s brill though Thankyou for that!

Just wasn’t enough spaces! I got an email a few days after the rejection email to say Iv been put on the reserve list if any spaces become available in August! It’s so hard to get into! Most midwives Iv spoke to took 2 or 3 times before they got into the course!! Will try again next year 🤞🏼
Original post by Jessical2013
I’m currently just stuck in a rut, I’m 30 next year and stuck in a job that’s going nowhere which I feel like that’s what’s happening with my life, I’ve always dreamt of being a midwife but just never actually gone for it ( my own fault ) but just never thought I was clever enough to do anything like that, is studying/becoming a midwife that hard as I’ve read that it is, I’m not completely stupid but I don’t want to try and just be shot down and end up back down the hole of going nowhere, help/tips/advice is all welcome and Thankyou :smile:
In a nutshell midwifery is absolutely hard okay.
Three years of very hard university coursework and then placements and trying to achieve your targets of 40 births over your three years on placements.

Making sure that you have the minimum requirements for your chosen university is a must.

If you failed in getting into university then perhaps you should consider applying for a MCA ( maternity care assistant) at your local maternity care unit and you'll absolutely learn everything you need to know about midwifing and then at a later date apply for to become a qualified midwife with going to university as you'll have achieve lots of experience from a MCA position.

Another one you could do is HCA on maternity care unit and you'll learn loads from working as a HCA.


A NHS registered midwife.
Original post by Tracey_W
In a nutshell midwifery is absolutely hard okay.
Three years of very hard university coursework and then placements and trying to achieve your targets of 40 births over your three years on placements.
Making sure that you have the minimum requirements for your chosen university is a must.
If you failed in getting into university then perhaps you should consider applying for a MCA ( maternity care assistant) at your local maternity care unit and you'll absolutely learn everything you need to know about midwifing and then at a later date apply for to become a qualified midwife with going to university as you'll have achieve lots of experience from a MCA position.
Another one you could do is HCA on maternity care unit and you'll learn loads from working as a HCA.
A NHS registered midwife.

Iv no idea as to how I could even get a job as a healthcare assistant or maternity care assistant as Iv no work experience in this field only the access course that I just completed and having my own 4 children
Original post by StudentM14
Iv no idea as to how I could even get a job as a healthcare assistant or maternity care assistant as Iv no work experience in this field only the access course that I just completed and having my own 4 children

Hi

Just to let you know that if you were applying for a HCA or MCA job at your local hospital maternity unit then don't worry about not having any previously experience as not necessary but if you had any experience it would be helpful for you.

Remember that you have young 17/18 year olds leaving school going straight to university for either nursing or midwifery degrees without experience.

I had no prior experience when I did my midwife degree as only what I learnt from my mum who was a adult nurse all her days.
Original post by Tracey_W
Hi
Just to let you know that if you were applying for a HCA or MCA job at your local hospital maternity unit then don't worry about not having any previously experience as not necessary but if you had any experience it would be helpful for you.
Remember that you have young 17/18 year olds leaving school going straight to university for either nursing or midwifery degrees without experience.
I had no prior experience when I did my midwife degree as only what I learnt from my mum who was a adult nurse all her days.

The only experience I would have is being a mum to my own children!
Original post by StudentM14
The only experience I would have is being a mum to my own children!

Hi

I wouldn't worry too much about not having any previous experience in a healthcare setting as not really required but would be great to have some.

I would definitely say have a go at applying for midwifery and see what happens okay.

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