Gain the skills and experience to launch a rewarding and valued career as a midwife with our prestigious, internationally recognised Midwifery degree course.
We have an outstanding reputation for Midwifery and are ranked 9th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2022). Job prospects are excellent, with 100% of our Midwifery graduates employed in a professional or managerial job within six months (DLHE 2018).
Our Midwifery qualification is highly valued internationally, giving you the potential to develop your career abroad in countries including Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.
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What do you do as a midwife?
Midwives work across community and hospital settings. They build relationships with women and their families across the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal period. Midwives are responsible for supporting women through education, screening and clinical care. It is a highly skilled profession. A Midwife is trained as an expert in the normal physiology of pregnancy, this means that a midwife is well placed to pick-up deviation and abnormalities in the normal physiology of pregnancy. A midwife will continue to provide high standard of care in partnership with other professionals where necessary.
How much is a midwife paid?
The starting salary for a Midwife is £27,055 this increases to £33,706 within the first 2 years of qualifying. Additionally, a Midwife can expect extra pay for unsocial hours.
What is the difference between nursing and midwifery?
Midwifery is a highly skilled profession. Midwives work ‘with women’, advocating for women’s choice. Midwives are autonomous practitioners and provide evidence-based information to women and their families, supporting them to make individual care plans. Midwives are the lead practitioners for women with uncomplicated pregnancies, birth and during the postnatal period. We also work within multidisciplinary teams for women with additional care needs.
Nurses however work with those suffering ill health, working alongside other medical professionals as part of a problem-solving team.
What qualifications do I need to be a midwife?
To be a midwife you will need a Pre-registration Midwifery degree from an accredited institution.
Additionally, you will need to meet our entry requirements to study the course. This will include an A Level, Access to HE, or BTEC qualification or Swansea University recognised equivalent. Students who do not meet the A Level or equivalent qualifications can undertake a Maternity Care HECert.
Qualified Midwives must also have 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4-5 or above or 3 GCSEs at grade C/4-5 plus a Double Award BTEC. Applicants will also need a minimum of a GCSE C/4-5 in English, Maths, and Science.
How long is the course for a midwife?
Midwifery degrees are 3 years in length, upon successful completion of the degree, graduates will be awarded with a BMID (Hons). Midwifery is a registered profession and upon completion of the program you will become a registered midwife.
Can I become a midwife without going to university?
To become a midwife in the UK you are required to have a degree from an accredited program and will need to study Midwifery at a University to do so. You can find out more about our Midwifery degree on our course page.
Our Student Stories
"It is an intensive degree with half of the course taught at university and the other half in practice settings, working with midwives in community teams, midwifery-led birth centres and hospital maternity units. The course has given me the balance to continue in education as well as get a taste of the real world of work. Although it's a difficult course I know I'm at the right degree and I enjoy every second of bringing new joy into the world every day as well as supporting mothers and their families through some of the most difficult times of their lives."
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100% Midwifery Graduate Employability
According to our most recent graduate data, 100% of our Midwifery graduates are in employment further study or traveling 15 months after leaving Swansea University (HESA2022). We offer excellent learning opportunities, teaching, and academic support.
Find out everything you need to know about studying Midwifery at Swansea University - from entry requirements to placement opportunities, to graduate prospects.
Is Midwifery hard to get into?
If you are determined and passionate about the profession of midwifery you will achieve your dream. Historically it has been challenging to get a place on midwifery programmes however, there has been an increase in places available over recent years.
At Swansea University we get almost 600 applications on average each year for approximately 40 places. This can make applying to this course highly competitive. As part of the application process we have a number of approaches to widening access and inclusivity, and for those who want to build on their qualifications and understanding of midwifery, we offer a Maternity Care HE Cert. This course will help students consolidate their skills and understanding of maternity and healthcare and act as a gateway to applying to Midwifery.
What questions are asked in a midwifery interview?
On the interview day, you will be asked a variety of questions which will help us assess your suitability, commitment, and preparedness to be a Midwife. Our questions will assess your knowledge and understanding of the profession and will assess your caring qualities and communication skills.
We are looking for students who:
- Have a knowledge of the profession
- Meet the NHS Values
- Have transferable skills from life or work experience which can be applied to the role of a Midwife
- Has the motivation necessary to meet the high demands of the course and practise of a Midwife
How do I prepare for a midwifery interview?
To prepare for your Midwifery interview you will need to have an in-depth understanding of the profession and will need to read around and do your research to improve your understanding. You will find some helpful information on the NHS Wales Midwife Career Role page.
Applicants should have a clear idea of the reality of the role and all the responsibilities of a Midwife. We will look for applicants that embody the NHS values, and have a passion for working with women and their families. It is an important quality of a midwife to be non-judgemental to ensure the best quality of care for women.
Fully Funded Degree
Choosing to follow your passion for healthcare could pay. This range of degrees is fully funded via the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme.
What this could mean for you is, if you commit to working for NHS Wales for a period after you graduate your tuition will be fully covered by the NHS Wales Bursary, as well as maintenance funding of up to £4,491 and a reduced rate loan from Student Finance.Find out about the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme
Want to know more?
We have so much more we want to share with you, why not explore our Midwifery course page or book on to our next open day.
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