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What Qualifications Do I Need To Be A Midwife?

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To be a midwife in the UK you must hold a midwifery qualification approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).  The most common route is to complete a registered midwife degree although the actual course name will vary depending on the college or university (e.g. BSc Midwifery, BSc Midwifery Studies).

A midwife is a highly skilled medical practitioner who specializes in pregnancy and childbirth and typically works for the NHS, in private maternity clinics, etc.  Before you can practice as a midwife in the UK you must be registered with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in addition to holding the qualification.

An accredited midwifery degree will take three years to complete full time.  You will need to meet the minimum requirements for the course set by that institution offering the degree which will normally be at least five GCSEs and two A Levels or a recognized equivalent.

A midwifery degree will usually take three years full time study but you will normally need to undertake supervised placements which will add to the time it takes to qualify.  In addition to the degree you will need to have a personality suited to dealing with patients and their families and you will need to pass a criminal records bureau (CRB) check.

If you already have a recognized nursing qualification and are registered as a nurse in the UK then you can complete conversion studies to become a qualified midwife in a shorter time.  The post graduate midwifery diploma is offered by a number of universities and colleges and takes about 18 months full time study.

You can get more information about midwife qualifications and registration requirements from the NMC website.
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I really want to become a midwife but what is the most main thing you have to study to get into uni tot train for midwifery? :)
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There are two options to qualify for a career in midwifery: a three or four year diploma or degree programme in mid-wifery, or an 18-month top-up programme for Registered Adult Nurses. The Diploma programme entails 60 credits of study at level three, and the degree requires 120 credits. The latter obviously requires more time and research with a thesis and dissertation. It's possible to start with the diploma and 'top up' your studies later towards the degree. At some institutions, all students enter on the diploma programme and later decide whether to switch to the degree track. After successfully completing your studies you will receive a Registered Midwife Qualification.

Minimum requirements for the diploma course are five GCSE (or equivalent) A to C grades, including English Language, Maths and one science subject. Other qualifications that are accepted include: Double Award Vocational A Level, NVQ Level 3, BTEC National, and Access to Higher Education course.
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I'm 25 and I want to be a midwife I have no qualifications as I messed about when I was younger ,I now regret it. What courses do I study ?
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I'm picking my A levels and I want to be a midwife what do you think I need to take?
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I want to train to be a midwife and the qualifications that I have are english fspeaking and listening d,science g maths f,namcw in child care c,nvq lvel 3 in early years
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Why do you want to become a midwife thats what you need to say its not just dealing with babys its all so the parents and family involved and you dont just go in and deliver its hard work 5 yrs min you have to be able to face still born babys that may pass away and how to deal with the parents and family and other aspects of the job cleaning night work working all day and havenin very few hours sleep this work is very rewarding but its not just about delivery of babys
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If I know the answer I don't ask you don't worry
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Most midwives undergo a 32 month vocational training program, or an 18 month nurse conversion course (on top of the 32 month nurse training course). Thus midwives potentially could have had up to 5 years of total training.
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Ive got 5 gcse's in english science and maths and my level 2 NVQ in childcare and also my level 3 will this qualify for me to go to uni to train for midwifery? :S
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I am 35, I have got 5 kids!  I have got the 5 gcse's you need but am I too old to train to become a midwife?
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I am 15 nearly 16 I will be taking my GCSE's in 9 months and I have been considering to go on and be a successful midwife as I love the whole pregnancy experience, I just need to know what courses I need to follow and what qualifications I need.
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I'm 15- 16 soon and I'm already studdying midwifery.
Ive wanted to become a midwife since I was a little girl, I saw my bestmates brother being born and then it clicked I knew I wanted to be one.
I'm studdying health and social care, and I'm really exited to leave school to start my courses :)
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Oh my god I'm Taking Health And Social Care At College and I'm 14 x
But I Want To Be A Health Visitor x
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I am 19 yrs and I am studying level 2 h/social care and I don't know if I do level 3 next yrs so I can become midwife
any one I need help give me information about what I need to have before I study midwifery
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Can any please let me know what grades you need 2 become a midwife?
And what GCSE grades you need. THANKYOU
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I really want to be a midwife but I don't know if I'm gunna have good enough grades, its really depressing cause thats all ive wanted to do since I was like 8 and I'm now nearly 15.
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The Qualifications you need to become a midwife would be A to C grades including Science Maths And English . Three year diploma and four year degree.50 percent is theory and the other 50 percent is practice in hopsitals. Degree Courses are availble.
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If you have no gcses you need to do Higher Education with your local collage and these exams you will take will be
english maths sience biolgy and you also have to pick two other subject on top  !
 
you need to get from grade a to c in these subjects to get into uni to be able to train to do this line off work
 
you now have to do adult nurseing aswell as midwifrey !
 
 
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I would consider being a midwife as it seems to be a very rewarding career

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