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Study Midwifery in the UK

MIDWIFERY STUDIES IN THE UK

There are few professions in the world as rewarding as midwifery. Midwives provide help, guidance and support to women and their families throughout pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period. As a midwife, you will be part of one of life's most important experiences. In order to do this job to the best of your ability, you need to know about common birth procedures and what to do if there are complications. The Midwifery programme will give you the knowledge and skills you need to provide quality midwifery services to mothers and families from diverse backgrounds. This is training for people who love people, enjoy the daily challenges and work well in a team.

The course prepares you for midwifery practice through both theory and clinical study. To ensure you feel confident in both theory and practice, you will often spend up to half of the academic year in practice-based settings - for example, in purpose-built maternity units where you will be taught about simulated births, both in hospital and at home.

You will develop an understanding of the needs of pregnant women and gain insight into how best to provide the care they need. Throughout the programme you will also gain experience in caring for women before, during and after childbirth. You will also develop the values needed in this area of healthcare - caring, empathy, communication and collaboration skills, and respect for women's privacy and dignity. 


TEACHING

The programme is taught primarily by midwifery tutors with a range of midwifery, teaching and research backgrounds. A variety of teaching methods are used to ensure that you have an enjoyable and stimulating course. These include lectures, computer-assisted teaching, small group work, mentoring, simulated birth situations and other practice.

In the first year, you will be introduced to the midwifery profession and learn about regular midwifery practice. You will gain a foundation of knowledge to build on over the next few years through subjects such as midwifery relationships and the development of the body during pregnancy. The second year is about developing the knowledge you have gained in the first year and giving you an insight into more complex medical needs. For example, you will learn about conditions that require referral to other healthcare facilities. In your final year, you will have the opportunity to specialise in midwifery and prepare for different roles. For example, you can take leadership courses to prepare you to take control of a birth situation. 


MASTER’S DEGREE

Midwifery programmes are offered at both Bachelor's and Master's level. In the UK, you do not necessarily have to study a master's degree once you have completed a bachelor's degree. If you have a relevant midwifery background, you can go on to study for a master's in health/nutrition, psychology, nursing, medicine, biomedicine, radiography, genetics, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and more.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Midwives can work in both public and private health services. Midwifery is naturally aimed at a career as a midwife, but as a trained midwife there are opportunities to develop in different directions through specialisation and further training. By gaining expertise in a number of different areas, such as family planning or helping pregnant women with different diagnoses, midwives have the opportunity to develop their careers. There are also career opportunities in teaching and research.

 

WORKING IN CANADA

Applicants will need to check with any relevant midwifery association for information on the minimum requirements and regulatory framework in the province where they intend to work

Before applying, you’re encouraged to  research the accreditation process in Canada and ensure that you would be able to register for practice in your home province using one of these degrees.

 

HOW TO NAVIGATE TRICKY PROFESSIONAL HEALTH APPLICATIONS TO UK UNIS

All of the different application requirements from deadlines to personal statement word limits to reference letter requirements can make it especially daunting when trying to apply to professional health degrees. Our advisors have many years of experience helping Canadian students successfully apply to physiotherapy degrees in the UK. They've even put together a webinar to help you ensure you are submitting the best professional health application you can. Find out more:  

WEBINAR:  Creating a Strong Application: Professional Health Programmes | Across the Pond (studyacrossthepond.com)
 

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

If this is an area you’re interested in pursuing, your personal Across the Pond advisor will be happy to send you suggestions for studies that will suit your interests and align with your academic history.

With the assistance of your Across the Pond advisor, you will have someone who can help you with information about admission requirements (these can vary depending on your Canadian province or university), which studies are available at bachelor's and master's level and help find the studies and universities that best suit you with your background, grades, desire to study and possibly place of study.  

As the studies and universities all have different criteria and levels, it is unfortunately impossible to state all the nuances here on this page, so to get the most accurate information tailored to you and your wishes, get in touch with one of our advisors.

All help from us is free and without obligation. 

SIMILAR COURSES AVAILABLE

If you are considering studying in the UK, there is a large selection of degrees available, and we are happy to help you find the course of your dreams! Contact us to get help from one of our Student Advisors, and feel free to read more about similar courses in the UK:

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Application Timeline and Deadlines

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How to Apply

Applying to study in the UK can be tricky and confusing when doing things on your own. Take all of the stress out of the process by using Across the Pond’s free expertise and guidance. To help you on your way here are some things to be aware of: 
  

APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR ADMISSION TO UK UNIVERSITIES 

In the UK, admissions are mainly on a rolling basis – meaning it is "first come, first served" until the programme is filled. We therefore recommend that you apply as early as you can, and preferably before Christmas if you want to start your studies the following autumn. Exceptions: Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Sciences as well as all courses at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, and also selected courses at master's level. 
 

HOW TO CHOOSE WHAT TO STUDY AND WHICH UNIVERSITY 

Choosing what to study and which university to go to can be a very difficult process, especially when you may not be able to go and visit to find out which option you like best. Our advisors regularly visit the universities and help hundreds of students apply to a wide range of subjects every single year. They will be able to help you determine which universities and courses are best for you based on your academic background and the universities' minimum requirements, as well as your wishes and needs for what you would like your study experience to look like and cost.
 

HOW TO APPLY TO STUDY IN THE UK 

We make it very easy for you! We have our own application form where you fill in your information and upload your application documents. We check that everything has been entered correctly before the application is submitted and that way you do not have to worry that you have made any mistakes that may result in you not being accepted. 
  

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO APPLY FOR STUDIES IN THE UK? 

To apply for studies at UK universities you need: 

  • One academic letter of recommendation if you are applying for undergraduate studies, and often two if you are applying for Master’s degree programmes. We have advice and tips that you can give to the person who will be writing this for you, so that together we ensure that they include all the information the UK universities are looking for. For postgraduate applicants you may also be required to submit your CV. Please note that how to write a CV for UK universities may differ from how they are expected to be written in your home country. 
     
  • Preliminary grades or final diploma (final diploma will be sent as soon as you have received it).
      
  • Personal Statement. It is very important that it is you who has written your personal statement, but we will help you with what is important to include (or not include!) based on what and where you are hoping to study, in addition to proofreading it for you. This is a very important part of the application and whether or not you get in may be decided based on this statement. Some universities and courses have additional requirements and expectations in terms of what they want to see here and it is very important that you adhere to these indications. That's why we spend a lot of time making your personal statement as good as it can be. 
     
  • Note: Some courses will also require an audition, portfolio and other admissions tests. 

  

DOES IT COST ANYTHING TO APPLY TO UK UNIVERSITIES? 

When applying for undergraduate programmes, an application fee is required which is paid to the admissions service. In addition, some universities charge an application fee for some of the Master’s programmes they offer. These application fees are payable directly to the University or the University and Colleges Admissions Service and not to us. We will never ask for any payment or card information from you and all help from us is free of charge. 

Some universities will require a deposit to secure your study place after you have been granted admission, this will later be deducted from the tuition fee. After you have been granted admission and your place has been confirmed, you will have to pay a fee to apply for a student visa in order to access healthcare in the UK during your studies. If you wish to live in the universities’ student housing you must apply to be allocated a room before the housing application deadline and once this has been processed you are often required to pay deposit to secure the accommodation. When you eventually enrol in the university, you will pay the tuition fee. Prices in the UK vary greatly and if you have any questions about the cost of studying in the UK, please get in touch. We are happy to help you find affordable options! 
  

HOW DOES ACROSS THE POND HELP THROUGH THE APPLICATION PROCESS? 

We will walk you through each step of the application process and help you with everything you need to consider before deciding whether or not you want to apply to study in the UK. If you choose to complete an application we will help you with absolutely everything from start to finish. 

We are here to help you whether you have questions related to studying in the UK or want more information about selected universities or courses. Contact us whether you just want more information or if you are ready to get started with your application! 
 

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