Becoming a midwife in the UK

Being a midwife can be one of the world’s most rewarding but trialing nursing jobs. They work at the heart of communities, providing the primary source of care for pregnant, labouring and postnatal women, as well as offering the essential guidance, support and aftercare for both mother and baby. Those who pursue the role of a midwife are invaluable to our health care system and essentially oversee the best start to countless new lives.


What qualifications do you need?

Before you head off to university to get your midwifery degree, you’ll need to consider whether you have the right grades to apply. As a rule, most full-time courses will require at least 5 A-C grade GCSEs and preferably 3 A-Levels as well. If you’re unsure about whether or not you’ll be able to apply to the course, it’s always best to enquire with the institution directly to double check. An important thing to note is that you don’t already have to be a nurse to be going into midwifery training; nurses can also train to be midwives but will only have to undertake a course lasting 18 months.


Choose the best university for your course

If you’re going to spend three years of your life studying something, you want to make sure you’ll be in the ideal environment for you. Becoming a midwife is hard and there will be times when motivation is essential, so ensuring you have an exceptional support system in place is also crucial. To give you some inspiration, the list below shows the top ten institutions for nursing and midwifery courses.

Best universities in the UK for midwife courses


Look into funding

There have been a number of changes to nursing in 2017. Unfortunately, one of these is that, from the 1st of August 2017, NHS Bursaries will be scrapped by universities and be replaced with normal student loans. Before now, tuition fees for certain NHS courses were substituted, meaning students could study and get their degree without incurring extra costs. The changes may have a significant impact on the amount of prospective students applying to courses but, all is not lost. There are still ways to apply for funding and find out what you may be entitled to.


Is there a shortage of midwives in the UK?

As of July 2017, there hasn’t necessarily been a shortage of midwives, although there are ongoing issues with staff shortages in the NHS. There has, however, been a slight decrease in the amount of people applying to courses. This is not to say that the amount of people wanting to be a midwife was decreased. This chart below shows that, on average, there are 3.600 monthly searches in the United Kingdom for “How to Become a Midwife”:


Midwife monthly search trends


Make it your passion

Becoming a midwife is a journey which will test you and your abilities at times. You’ll find yourself having to approach situations with a logical head instead of letting your emotions take over, which is easier said than done. Despite this, it is thoroughly rewarding and a job which builds unique relationships time and time again.

If you’re already on your career journey as a midwife, then take a look at our midwifery job opportunities.