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Midwifery FAQs


What are the entry requirements for BSc Midwifery?

The standard entry requirement for A Levels is ABB (including one science subject from: biology, human biology, chemistry, or physics).

We also accept a number of alternative qualifications for entry into midwifery. These are outlined on our midwifery course page, listed under entry requirements.

How many course places are available?

There are approximately 80+ places available across the dual intake of September and the following January.* There are two places for international students.

*Please note that January 2020 is the final January intake.

Can I defer my entry?
Yes, however, deferred entry is only accepted once and you would have to reapply.
Can I apply if I have applied to the University of Nottingham previously?

Yes, you are welcome to submit an application, even if you have previously taken part in our interview stage and have not been successful.

What do you look for in the personal statement?
We look for a range of factors in the personal statement and we want you to demonstrate your transferable skills and relevant experience for preparing yourself for a career in midwifery. Further information about what we look for in personal statements is available in our advice for midwifery applicants section.

What type of work experience is required?

Work experience is required in addition to the academic requirements. Care experience is useful, however if you are unable to find this type of work then consider how the skills learned from your job/s will be transferable to a career in midwifery.


Do I have to take part in an interview?

Yes, if your personal statement is shortlisted then you will be invited to a half day interview this may be in either the Morning or Afternoon. 

Dual intake

This course is a dual intake and has two start dates, one in September and the following January*. Applicants that are given a conditional offer will have the opportunity to select which intake they would prefer. Whilst we try to match applicant’s starting intake to their preference we cannot guarantee your first choice. The intakes are allocated once the exam results are released later in the year.

When you apply for a midwifery place at Nottingham, each cycle includes an intake in September and the following January. You may be allocated to either.

*Please note that Janaury 2020 will be the final January intake

Can I choose between the September and January intake?
You can indicate a preference of which intake you prefer, however we cannot guarantee you will get your first choice. Although your UCAS may show either September or January this may change as this is a preference and not a guarantee of intake.
What is the difference between January and September intake?
There is no difference apart from the size as January usually has a smaller number of students than the September intake.
Is the course content the same for both the September and January intake?
Yes, the course content is identical.
If I am allocated to a January intake, what should I do with my time between September and when I start the course?
This is your choice, some students continue with their existing job, others go travelling or there is opportunity to do some pre-course reading and we are happy to advise which books may be useful.
Is it true that January and September intakes do not get the same holidays?
No, both intakes last forty five weeks for the three years of the course. You will receive seven weeks holiday per year whether you are in a January or September intake. You will know when you start the course when the holidays will be so that you can make any necessary plans.
If I wanted September intake but I am given January, what are the benefits?
Students tell us that being part of a smaller intake means that everyone gets to know each other very well. The time between September and January will give you the flexibility of how you use this extra time.
Are there less placements available if I choose January over September or vice versa?
No, you will spend 50% of your time in practice with one of our trust partners regardless of being in a September or January intake.

General queries

When is the next University Open Day to find out more about BSc Midwifery?

We hold university open days, so that you can find out more about our midwifery course. There will be an opportunity to meet and chat with our teaching team and student midwives on the course. It is also a great opportunity to tour our facilities as our campuses will be open for you to explore. You will also be able to view our range of accommodation. Find out more and book your place.

Outside of open days, you are welcome to visit our campuses for a self-guided tour. We also offer virtual 360 degree tours of our campuses.

What accommodation is available to midwifery students?

There are a range accommodation options for students and you will be able to choose and make your own living arrangements. Find out more about our Accommodation Services. The midwifery course is 45 weeks long and you will have seven weeks of annual leave so this needs to be considered when choosing your accommodation.

Are there opportunities to study abroad?

Yes, students will undertake a 2-week elective clinical placement during their third year and this can be in an international healthcare setting.* 

Previous students have undertaken their placement all over the world including: Ghana, Greece, Haiti and Italy. There is also an opportunity to apply to study abroad with one of our prestigious Erasmus+ partner universities. Students complete a 9-week clinical placement with one of our partners in Ireland, Italy, or Malta. Erasmus places are competitive.

*Students will need to self-fund any international elective placements.

What are my career options upon completing a midwifery degree?

Midwifery graduates are highly employable. In 2017, 98.6% of undergradutes from the School of Health Sciences who were availalbe for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation.

Our graduates benefit from both an academic qualification and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council upon graduation. This professional body accreditation serves to enhance our graduates' employment opportunities.


Fees and funding

What are the course fees?

Please refer to the University's Fees webpage for the most up-to-date information for both Home/EU and International students.

Is there a bursary for midwifery students?

Please note that NHS bursaries are no longer offered. Please see further information on our Student funding pages.

Please also visit the University bursary or scholarship page.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


School of Health Sciences

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