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  • 22 August 2013
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How to get a place on a midwifery course at university

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Midwifery is notorious for being one of the hardest areas of healthcare to get into. Places on midwifery courses are limited and always massively over-subscribed so it’s absolutely essential if you’re serious about getting a place on a course, you put the effort into your application, personal statement and interview technique.

As I’m sure you know if you’ve researched midwifery courses, all applications are made through UCAS.

You need to submit details about your past education, employment, voluntary work and work experience, as well as a personal statement.

Be as thorough and inclusive as you possibly can because even unrelated jobs can be useful to your application if you have learned transferable skills, such as the ability to manage stress, handle complicated queries or deliver consistent customer service.

Your personal statement is the one and only opportunity you have to communicate directly with the admissions tutor before they decide whether or not you are going to be offered an interview.

It needs to speak clearly about why you want to become a midwife, what your understanding of the role is and how committed you are to getting a job in midwifery when you graduate.

Be accurate, concise, but passionate about why getting on to this course means everything to you.

Assuming you survive the sift process and are offered an interview, you will usually have to participate in a group discussion or exercise, an individual interview and a short maths test.

Some universities conduct group interviews, and if you’re in that situation be sure you make yourself heard and don’t let those who speak loudest shut you out of the discussion.

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