What are the entry requirements for Midwifery?
Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and Minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.
Admission to the programme is also dependent upon a satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) check. This will be conducted as part of the induction week. The cost of the PVG check will be paid by the University.
Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto this programme.
You will be invited to our Sighthill campus for a selection day. This will give you the opportunity to meet with the recruitment and teaching teams. You will also have the chance to explore some of the University teaching facilities, for example our state-of-the-art clinical skills simulation area.
Part of the selection process for entry to the programme of your choice will include a computer based Confident Caring Assessment (CCA) where you will be given a short video and related scenario with questions. This is an assessment of the attributes expected of a nurse/ midwife, not your clinical knowledge and skills. It is designed to assess the qualities needed to work as a nurse/ midwife and the proficiencies outlined in the:
Nurses Standards of proficiency
Standards of proficiency for midwives
The Code and watch these short videos
It presents a series of work-related situations, and you will be questioned about how you would respond. All applicants are required to sit the CCA.
Can I make an appointment with an advisor to discuss further about the admission process?
If you want to get more information on the admission process, please get in touch with the undergraduate admissions team by submitting an enquiry form above.
Minimum Year 1
- Standard Offer Entry Requirement: BBBC including English and Biology or Human Biology. National 5 grade C in Maths, Lifeskills Maths OR Applications of Maths
- Minimum Offer Entry Requirement: BBCC including English and Biology or Human Biology. National 5 grade C in Maths, Lifeskills Maths OR Applications of Maths
You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.
- BCC including a Literary subject* and Biology, Applied Science or Life and Health Sciences
- GCSE grade C/4 in Maths
- GCSE grade C/4 in English required for candidates who do not have A Level English
BTEC National Extended Diploma Level 3
- Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in Health and Social Care and A Level Biology or Applied Science grade C
- GCSE grade C/4 in Maths
- OR Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in Applied Sciences and A Level English or Alternative Literary subject at grade C
- GCSE grade C/4 in Maths
Irish Leaving Certificate (first awarded in 2017)
- H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level including English and Biology
- OL: Maths at O3
- Care and Administrative Practice or Healthcare Practice with grade B in the graded unit.
- Higher Biology or Human Biology at grade C or above also required.
- Pass in Health, Healthcare Science or Science with grade C or above in the Core component. A level Biology or Applied Science at grade C or above also required.
- GCSE grade C/4 in English and Maths.
Students on Access to Nursing courses are not considered for the Midwifery course.
For applicants studying SWAP Access to Medical Studies or SWAP Access to Allied Professions, we require a pass in the internally assessed modules with overall profile grades BBC.
For applicants studying SWAP Biological Sciences or SWAP Life Sciences, we require a pass in the internally assessed modules (including the 3 SCQF Level 5 Maths units) with overall profile grades BBC. In addition, Higher Biology is also required at grade C or above.
Access to HE Diploma
Applicants who are studying the QAA Access to Higher Education Diploma in a related subject will also be considered for entry to our Midwifery course.
Pass Access to HE Diploma in a related subject* with 45 credits overall, with a minimum of 39 credits at Merit and 6 credits at Distinction.
Biology and English must be achieved at Level 3 and Maths achieved at Level 2 within the diploma.
Related Subject* - Nursing / Midwifery / Nursing & Midwifery / Allied Health Professionals/ Health and Social Care/ Health / Health Care/ Human Sciences / Health and Science Professions / Applied Science / Biology & Psychology
Please note all qualifications should have been taken within the past five years.
Selection Day Requirements
There will be a selection day as part of the admissions process and all candidates must meet NMC requirements of good health and good character. Competition for places varies from year-to-year and achievement of the standard entry requirements does not always guarantee shortlisting for the selection day or a place on the course.
Admission to the programme is dependent upon a satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) check. This will be conducted as part of the induction week. The cost of the PVG check will be paid by the University.
Please note that we cannot accept applications for deferred entry for this course.
Previous Nursing Students
Please note that students who have already studied a Nursing degree are unlikely to receive funding for a second Nursing degree.
Adequate and appropriate previous (and recent) study is essential. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unsure whether or not you would be eligible to apply. Relevant work experience will be considered alongside recent study. It may be necessary for those with limited qualifications to undertake an Access course or other appropriate courses/studies in a Further Education setting.
*Literary subjects include: English/English Literature, History, Modern Studies, Religious Moral & Philosophical Studies/Christian Theology, Psychology, Geography, Sociology, Health and Social Care and Law.
If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test. The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in each component, excluding Writing which requires 6.5). For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact email@example.com
This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country
Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
- BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
- BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
- All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.
See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.
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