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what qualifications do i need to apply for midwifery

Discussion in 'Thinking Of Applying' started by dizzybee, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. dizzybee

    dizzybee Active Member

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    Hi can any one please point me in the right direction.

    I would love to become a midwife and have done for a long time. After having my own family and doing various things along the way feel the time is right. I'm 35.

    I'm just unsure what i need to get on a course. I have 5 gcse c and above in english and science. level 2 and 3 nvq in care.done a few years back.

    would i need to do an access or a levels or would a ou course be better.

    I would really appreciate peoples feedback

    Thanks
     
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  2. FluffySocks

    FluffySocks Well-Known Member

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    welcome to SMNET! :)
    you need to show you have recent study in the last 5-10 years, when did you get the NVQs if you dont mind me asking? if it has been longer then you will probably find an access course to be the best option. You also need to contact all the universities you wish to apply to as they all have different requirements. I would also advise you have some experience in a care setting, this is not essential but would be useful :) personal message me if you have any other questions xx
     
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    Ilithyia Well-Known Member

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    hiya hun, welcome to the forum :)

    recent study is 3-5 years depending on uni (the majority wanting study within 3 years), but yeah as fluffy said, get in touch with the uni's you intend on applying to for their advice. they will probably suggest an access course & also, you mentioned having GCSEs in english & science, most want a C or above in maths as well so thats worth keeping in mind if you don't have that. the uni admissions team will point you in the right direction. Xx
     
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    dizzybee Active Member

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    Thankyou very much i think an access is going to be my best bet.
    feel a bit rusty done my nvq about 6 years ago. been busy having babies.
     
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    My only other training was an NVQ before Access. I wont pretend its easy (I did mine part time over two years) but its definately been worth it and allowed me to get closer to my dream. The last 18m have flown by!!
     
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    :welcome:to SMNET, a great place for chat and support on the midwifery trail :)
    I would firstly suggest you contact the universities that you are thinking of applying to and check their specific requirements as they vary. If you do have the entry requirements, unis generally require that these have been achieved within the last 3 to 5 years or that there has been recent study within that time. If you don't have the A level requirements then either OU courses or an Access course are probable routes. Though again, check with the unis, some will accept the maths and english elements contained in Access while others want separate B or C grade GCSEs. OU is home study, Access can be done 1 year full time or two part-time in local colleges or DLC offer Access via home study (again check as some don't accept DLC qualifications!). I expect you've spotted the common theme of 'check' as there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Some also require that some voluntary work or work experience in a midwifery related field, eg bf support or ante-natal classes, is completed as this shows commitment and that you have made yourself aware of the realities of the role. Good luck and don't be afraid to ask as there are plenty here willing to help :)
     
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    white2010 Well-Known Member

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    Ive got an access natural sciences - pass
    ou Health and social care - pass
    gcse eng ang math - c
    as english lit - c

    What else do i need??
     
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    Call the unis you are thinking of applying to and ask their advice :) always best to get it straight from the horse's mouth so to speak :)
     
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    They sent me to a link and i got confused do i have to get a seperate gcse or is there an equivilant? :?
     
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