Midwifery is a very interesting potential profession which will allow you to be involved in the birth and care of many children. You will guide parents throughout pregnancy, deliver babies, and give advice to parents about caring for their baby after it is born.
If a rewarding career like this is something that you are interested in, it is important to know how to get the right qualifications which will enable you to pursue the career that you would like to move into.
This article is here to guide you through the potential A-Level Qualifications that you may want to take at Sixth Form to put you in the best position to moving forward into a career as a Midwife. As well as the reasons that these qualifications may be more helpful to you than others in order for you to make an informed decision about your A-Level choices.
If you would like a concise answer to the question of which A-Levels you need to become a Midwife, here it is.
In order to become a Midwife, the A-Level subjects which I would recommend are:
- A-Level Biology
- A-Level Chemistry
- A-Level Psychology
- A-Level Sociology
This is not to say that these are the only A-Levels that you are able to take at Sixth Form to become a Midwife, but they are the best-suited to giving you the skills that you need for that particular career. Universities will sometimes require you to have a Science A-Level (they often count Psychology and Sociology) so it is certainly worth considering taking at least one of the Science Subjects listed.
What A-Levels Do You Need to Study Midwifery at University?
The types of A-Levels which you may want to take at Sixth Form include those listed above. However, there are some Universities which do not have any specific subject requirements, and they instead focus on UCAS Points or grades. Despite this, as with most University offers, General Studies and Critical Thinking Qualifications tend to be excluded from offers.
Each individual university has its own requirements for Midwifery courses. If you would like to look at a comprehensive list of the Universities which offer Midwifery degrees, take a look at this useful NHS Website, which lists Midwifery courses in the UK. From here, you can look at each separate University, and their entry requirements.
It is, however, important to remember that generally, as long as you have 2 or 3 A-Levels, with one preferably in a Science subject, your University options will be quite broad. Though you must make sure that you check the requirements for the University that you would like to go to!
You should also make a note of the fact that even though you don’t always need 3 A-Levels, you should still be aiming to achieve them in order to keep your options the most open they can be. Midwifery can be quite a selective subject with fairly competitive entry, you will need to have done the best you are capable of in your A-Level exams.
In summary, although University requirements do vary, there are still certain A-Levels which will set you up better for becoming a Midwife. These include: Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, and Sociology.
What Makes A-Level Biology Well Suited to a Prospective Midwife?
A-Level Biology is well-suited to someone who wants to study Midwifery at University for a number of different reasons.
Firstly, some of the Universities which you may be interested in applying to require you to have at least 1 Science A-Level. Many of those will prefer Biology over anything else, so at the very least, A-Level Biology is likely to put you in a position where you can apply to most Universities to study Midwifery.
Additionally, Biology is a related subject to Midwifery. Although A-Levels are not designed to be specific to a certain career path, you want to try and choose subjects which can help you with your basic understanding of the subject that you intend to study at University.
Therefore, as Midwives work with people in monitoring their pregnancies, delivering their babies and advising about post-birth care, an understanding of the body is quite important to their career.
In this way, A-Level Biology is useful to prospective Midwives because it gives them an underlying understanding of Human Biology which will aid them in their further, more specific training. If, before you choose A-Level Biology you would like to know more about it, check out this helpful article about how difficult A-Level Biology is.
To reiterate, you want to choose A-Levels which will provide you with a basis for your understanding of the subject which you want to pursue in future, and therefore, A-Level Biology is a great choice for anyone interested in becoming a Midwife.
What Makes A-Level Chemistry Well Suited to a Prospective Midwife?
Chemistry is another subject which has the potential to be useful to you, as a Prospective Midwife. It is another Science subject which is useful to consider and will open many University doors up to you.
In the same way that A-Level Biology is useful to a potential Midwives, A-Level Chemistry will help you build up your Scientific knowledge which will act as a useful basis for your understanding of the things that you will study in your Midwifery course at University.
If you want to think about how difficult Chemistry A-Level is before you choose it as an option at Sixth Form, take a look at this useful article which talks about the difficulty of A-Level Chemistry compared to GCSE. Though you should certainly not be dissuaded from taking any subject because it might be difficult. You need to remember that becoming a Midwife will take plenty of hard work, and it is important that you are prepared to put in the work to get into a competitive field.
What Makes A-Level Psychology Well Suited to a Prospective Midwife?
A-Level Psychology is an example of a Social Science subject. Therefore, some Universities will accept it as your required Science A-Level. Therefore, this a great A-Level to choose if you are not particularly successful in traditional Science subjects. Equally, it is a good subject to accompany A-Level Biology and/or Chemistry, and it can be a good A-level to choose in this sense.
It is important that you achieve quite high grades in the A-Levels that you choose, and so you need to pick subjects where you feel confident you can achieve good grades. So, although Psychology is by no means an easy choice, it may be a better choice for you if you don’t feel comfortable taking a traditional Science A-Level. Take a look at how hard A-Level Psychology is here.
Psychology is a subject which can be applied to many professions, and where you are working with people (as you would be as a Midwife), it is a very useful subject to have a basic understanding of.
A-Level Psychology courses also cover Attachment, which is something that a prospective Midwife may not only find interesting, but also be able to expand their knowledge on in future and use it their work.
Therefore, A-Level Psychology may be a good choice for prospective Midwives who are not particularly interested in taking traditional Science A-Levels, as well as people considering taking A-Level Biology and/or Chemistry who want another subject to complement their other traditional Science subjects.
What Makes A-Level Sociology Well Suited to a Prospective Midwife?
A-Level Sociology is another great choice for students who are interested in Midwifery. Sociology looks at the ways that people interact in groups in society.
Sociology is another subject which is often considered as a Science subject by Universities. It is a Social Science, which accompanies traditional Science A-Levels very well, and can also be counted as a Science by itself if you are making the decision not to go down the traditional Science route into becoming a Midwife (in terms of your A-Levels anyway!).
Thinking about the relationship between Sociology and Midwifery, there are many different ways that Sociology can be applied. For example, Sociologists may look at the inequalities and stigmas which effect people’s healthcare (and therefore their experience of receiving care from Midwives) as well as the relationship between the Midwife and Mother.
In a similar way to Psychology and its relation to Midwifery, at A-Level, there are unlikely to be specific subjects which directly focus on things that interest potential Midwives, but the content of the course will give you the basis of an understanding of Sociology, which you can develop while you continue your further training.
What A-Level Grades Do You Need to Achieve to Become a Midwife?
The A-Level grades which will be required of you so you can get onto a University Midwifery course vary hugely. This means that it is absolutely essential that you make sure that you do your own research about what the requirements are for the University that you are interested in going to are.
The range of UCAS Points needed for University courses for Midwifery varies greatly, between 87 Points for some Universities to 153 for other courses. There are several different ways that you can earn UCAS Points, and these are all listed in this helpful article. Additionally, the UCAS Points which are awarded for each individual A-Level grade can be found here.
As with any subject, you will be in the best position possible if you achieve the highest grades that you can in your A-Level exams. This means that it is incredibly important that you work as hard as you can all the way through your time at Sixth Form.
Can You Become a Midwife Without Particular A-Levels?
Although there are some A-Level courses which will set you up better for becoming a Midwife, there are some University courses which do not have specific subject requirements.
That being said, I would advise that you take at least one Traditional or Social Science subject, as this is the best way to keep your opportunities for University open. A-Level Biology is probably the best Science option to take in an ideal world, and so it is definitely not one to be overlooked.
Basically, you will need at least 2 (but preferably 3) A-Levels at the highest grades which you are capable of achieving, and ideally, one of them should be a Science, from the following list: Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Sociology.
However, this does not mean that you are only limited to the subjects discussed in this article. There are a wide range of subjects which you could study and that would still allow you to progress into a career as a Midwife. Those discussed here are simply the most well-suited to Midwifery as a profession. But, remember that you only really need one subject from this list to satisfy the need that most Universities have for a Science A-Level.
Do You Need Other Qualifications to Become a Midwife?
In order to become a Midwife, you will need further qualifications after your A-Levels. A midwifery degree will take 3 years to complete, full time, and must be accredited and approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, which you must be registered with in order to practice professionally.
Once you have your degree, you will be involved in enhanced background checks, which will ensure that you are able to work as a Midwife. You will also have to renew your Nursing and Midwifery Council registration every 3 years to demonstrate that your skills are up to date.
In order to get onto your degree course, you will also need GCSEs. At least 5 GCSEs are required, all grades 4 and above, and usually they must include: English, Maths and Science. So as always, GCSEs are not to be ignored.
You should, however, also consider the different routes into the Midwifery profession. More information on the ways that you can get into Midwifery can be found on this website. One example of a way that you could get into Midwifery include a Level 3 Diploma in Nursing or Science or Health.
You can also get into Midwifery if you already have a more general qualification in Nursing. However, this is not the easiest path into Midwifery, and therefore if that is the career that you would like to go into, you should not go into Nursing first.