“At the University of Bolton, we take great pride in providing a quality, supportive learning environment for our students.”
Professor George E Holmes DL | President & Vice Chancellor
“...tutors are very supportive and you’re not just a student ID number, at this university you are an individual with a name.”
Ellisse Vernon | BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
Back to menu
Back to menu
Back to menu
Bringing new life into the world is a meaningful experience, and for those who feel a calling to provide support during this incredible journey, a career in midwifery could be the perfect path.
This blog will guide you through the steps to pursue a midwifery degree, the requirements, and what to expect from this profession.
What is Midwifery
Midwifery is a healthcare profession focused on providing care and support to pregnant women, assisting during childbirth, and ensuring the well-being of mothers and babies in the post-birth period. Midwives also offer guidance on reproductive health and family planning. This role demands a strong sense of empathy, excellent communication skills, and a dedication to promoting a safe and positive birthing experience.
Eligibility and Requirements
To pursue a midwifery career, you will need to complete a recognised degree course. Check out the eligibility requirements:
- Education/ Entry Requirements - Entry requirements vary among universities, but they generally include a combination of A-levels, BTEC qualifications, or Access to Higher Education Diplomas. Specific grade and subject requirements can differ, so researching different programs is essential. Most courses require you to have a strong foundation in science subjects such as biology and chemistry.
- Work Experience - Many courses value relevant work experience, such as in healthcare settings or maternity-related roles. This experience can demonstrate your commitment to the field
- Personal Qualities - Midwives need to be compassionate, patient, and adaptable. Strong communication skills, an ability to work under pressure, and a genuine passion for supporting families are also crucial traits
Pursuing a Midwifery Degree
Once you've met the requirements, you can start your midwifery education journey; What to expect when studying Midwifery?
Midwifery Degree Curriculum:
- Childbirth techniques
- Maternal and infant health
- Professional ethics
The curriculum balances theoretical knowledge with practical skills.
A significant portion of midwifery education involves hands-on experience gained through clinical placements. These placements take place in various healthcare settings, such as hospitals, clinics, and community care centres. They provide opportunities to apply classroom learning to real-life situations.
If you study at the University of Bolton, you'll have great options when it comes to placements due to our strong industry links and partnership with various NHS Foundation Trusts!
You'll be assessed through a mix of written assignments, exams, practical assessments, and reflective portfolios; ensuring that you're acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills to become a competent midwife.
A full-time midwifery degree program typically lasts around three years, though part-time options may be available for those who need a more flexible schedule.
Life as a Midwife
Upon completing your midwifery degree and registering with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), you'll be ready to embark on your rewarding career as a midwife.
Congratulations! You did it, now What can you expect for your career...
- Midwives can work in various settings, including hospitals, clinics, home births, and community health centres. Some midwives also choose to specialise in areas such as neonatal care or maternal-fetal medicine
- Your responsibilities are to provide prenatal care, assist during labour and delivery, offer postpartum support, and educate families about newborn care and parenting. You will also play a vital role in promoting maternal and infant health, identifying potential complications, and facilitating medical interventions when necessary
- The field of healthcare is constantly evolving, and midwives must stay updated with the latest practices and guidelines. Continuous professional development is essential to ensure the highest quality of care
- Midwifery is a deeply rewarding profession that allows you to form meaningful connections with expectant mothers and their families. Being present during the miraculous journey of childbirth can be a source of immense joy and satisfaction
Becoming a midwife is a transformative journey that involves acquiring knowledge, learning new skills, and cultivating compassion. The role of a midwife is both a privilege and a responsibility, and it offers the chance to make a lasting impact on the lives of mothers and their newborns. Are you ready for the challenge?
If yes, consider taking our BSc (Hons) Midwifery (Pre-registration) course!
The course offers students everything they need to be successful and more! From state-of-the-art facilities to real-world experiences, taking this course is the first step towards your future.
At Bolton University, we are proud to put students and their needs first.
Join #UniAsItShouldBe and enjoy our friendly, inclusive and supportive campus. There is so much more for you to appreciate when studying with us.
If you are looking to apply to the University of Bolton via Clearing, follow this page linked here to find out all the information you need to know on how to successfully be prepared. If you are unsure of what direction to head in, you will also find our quiz that helps to identify your strengths and what areas you are likely to excel in!
For any further information, contact us at email@example.com or call us on 01204 903903.