I guess if you are thinking about a career in midwifery, the first question you may ask yourself is “how do I get in?” The selection process isn’t an easy one and it’s not like most other degree courses… First you have your UCAS application, your personal statement and then the dreaded interviews. But I promise, it’s not as bad as you think!
As a sixth form leaver myself, I had a lot of encouragement from the school to apply for university and luckily enough I had an idea of the degree course I wanted to choose. For others applying later in life, an access course into midwifery may be the route for you (unfortunately I can’t speak from experience about this – sorry!). The UCAS application is a step that everyone will need to experience though, along with the personal statement. You’ll need to do some research into the universities you’d like to apply to, and university league tables are available online for you to browse through, whether it is how satisfied students were with the course, how many students have job offers at the end of the degree or even the student night-life, you’ll soon find the university for you!
The UCAS application consists of several steps:
1. Filling out your personal information
2. Any qualifications (whether you’re working towards the subjects or have already completed them)
3. Any work experience
4. Your personal statement
5. Contact details
6. Choose the courses and universities you want to apply for (you can rank these in preference)
7. Send your application!
So, let’s talk about the personal statement. Those words are a bit scary, right? Honestly, if you put the time and effort into it, you will be okay. I think the thought of it is often worse than the actual thing and once I got writing, I didn’t feel too bad. Usually when writing a personal statement, you search for things to help you stand out, but remember everybody is unique and each of your experiences will be beneficial. I started my personal statement by brainstorming ideas, including aspects I felt important to include and creating a structure to follow; very similar to how I would approach any other essay. For me, I used an introduction, which outlined my passion for midwifery, a paragraph featuring more relevant work experience to the profession, how my A-levels were suited to study midwifery, a paragraph on my part-time work and hobbies, and a conclusion. Saying this, everybody approaches it slightly differently so don’t worry if your ideas were different. Everyone has something individual to offer!
After sending your UCAS application and personal statement off, you will have a bit of a waiting game while universities respond. On most occasions, interviews are used as the next step. If I’m being truthful, this was the bit that worried me most as you have to show off your ‘best bits’ in only a few conversations. But hopefully with a bit of advice, your nerves might be eased.
Sometimes an English and Maths test are provided, sometimes a group task, often ‘multiple-mini interviews’ and occasionally a longer, solo interview. Recently, I had the opportunity to help with some interviews for prospective students at my current university and it was really eye-opening. You could really tell who was passionate about the career, who had done research before the interview and who was ready to learn all about midwifery.
If I can give any advice about an interview, it would be that preparation is key (I know, such a typical saying)! You could prepare by researching the role of the midwife, writing example answers to common interview questions or finding aspects of midwifery care that really interest you. Show who you are as a person through the conversation – this will help the interviewers see how you can communicate with anybody you care for. And know that pretty much any skills you’ve learnt through school or work experience can easily translate to midwifery, you’ll just need to tell them how! Show your passion, show what you’re capable of and most importantly show them what makes you, you. Trust me, you’ve totally got this covered.
Hopefully this run-down of the selection process might help on your journey into midwifery. But as always, if you’ve got any questions, please ask!
** Any extra information about the UCAS application can be found on the website: