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The Selection Process for Midwifery

We are a popular university and competition for places is very strong. It is therefore vital that you complete your application accurately.

We are looking for you to demonstrate:

  • Your academic achievements that will meet our entry requirements and evidence of recent study within the past 3 years of your application year
  • A supportive academic reference, an employment reference (if relevant), and evidence of good character
  • The ability to communicate effectively, including social and interpersonal skills
  • A caring and committed attitude
  • Why you want to become a midwife 
  • An understanding of the demands and requirements of a midwifery course
  • A commitment to a career in midwifery
  • Transferable skills gained from work, voluntary or other experiences
  • How your achievements will help prepare you for a career in midwifery


Please record all of the details of your qualifications as listed on your certificates, including grades and the level at which you studied; this also includes any fail grades.

Any particular element/component of a qualification may also be mentioned in your personal statement if it is of particular relevance to the course. 


Make sure you give the full address of any school, college, university, employer and referee so we can easily trace these. References cannot be supplied from family and friends.

It is advised that you discuss your application with your referees so they really understand why you want to be a midwife and your commitment to this career. This can then be reflected in the reference they provide. 

Your personal statement

This is the main opportunity for you to tell us about yourself, as everything else on the UCAS form is factual.

You will need to:

  • Demonstrate that you have a good understanding of the role of the midwife and what being a registered midwife entails (if you know anyone who is a midwife, ask them about their role and what parts of their job bring particular challenges and rewards)
  • Explain why you have chosen the course and how your qualities and skills make you suitable for it
  • Tell us what you do that shows how good you are at something and how this will help you during your studies and practice placements. Make sure all statements are backed up with evidence
  • Tell us what it is that makes you stand out from others and why your personality is suited to midwifery
  • Think about what transferable skills you have that would apply to midwifery situations (for example: Have you ever been a team member and developed certain skills? What opportunities have you had to develop your communication skills?)

You need to link all these in to what you know about midwifery and identify how they will assist you both as a student and as a midwife. 

If you are unsuccessful at the shortlisting stage you will be informed of this. Please note we are unable to provide any further feedback at this stage due to the volume of applications received.

Visit us

All candidates will find details about attending our open days and mini open days where more information about applying to The University of Nottingham to study midwifery can be gained.

Intake dates

This course has two student intakes, one in September and one in the following January.* Successful applicants will have the opportunity to select which intake they would prefer at interview, however, this cannot be guaranteed.

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

Selection events

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a selection event comprising of multiple mini interviews and a team based activity.

At the selection event there will be a number of stations comprising of scenarios. You will spend a short time at each of the stations. Division of Midwifery staff together with student midwives and Service Users will interview you.

Successful candidates should be motivated and well-rounded people with integrity and stamina, and are expected to demonstrate:

  • potential for academic success and becoming a midwife
  • an understanding of the role of the midwife 
  • commitment to a career in midwifery


All offers to the midwifery programme are subject to: meeting the minimum academic requirements, satisfactory health and Disclosure and Barring screening.

In accordance with the University's policy relating to equal opportunities, there will be no discrimination on the basis of race, colour, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, socio-economic background and religious belief. 

Mature students

Applications from mature candidates are welcomed. You will be expected to show evidence of personal motivation and recent academic study within the last 3 years of the year of application.

There is no upper age limit.

Please note Access courses to higher education prior to 2009 will not have current currency with the credits required to meet minimum entry criteria for our course, so cannot be accepted.

More information for mature students at the University of Nottingham.


School of Health Sciences

B236, Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

telephone: +44 (0)115 95 15559