Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship: Midwife

Do you want to work towards gaining a degree qualification by training for a rewarding career? On a midwifery degree apprenticeship, you will learn how to give support and care to women and babies during the pregnancy, labour and postnatal period. 

What is a midwifery degree apprenticeship?

Midwives are responsible for looking after the mother and baby. They provide support, care and advice when necessary. They act as the first point of contact for a woman during pregnancy, labour and birth. Throughout this degree apprenticeship, you could become an expert in healthcare and birth, helping to support women through all outcomes. 

These apprenticeship programmes are designed to help develop your confidence, allowing you to become a competent and autonomous healthcare provider, with the knowledge needed to begin a career in midwifery. Throughout the course, you will learn from experienced midwives and practice in a variety of different healthcare rotations. You will get hands-on and real-world experience which will be vital in helping to prepare you to become a qualified midwife. 

A midwifery degree apprenticeship is an exciting new route into the healthcare profession. The apprenticeship is fairly new, having only been introduced in 2018. There will be options once you are qualified – most midwives are employed by the NHS while others work in the private sector or independently. These degree courses are typically 4 years long and will include study at a university campus, as well as practical learning that takes place at a hospital facility. 

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The daily duties of a midwife

  • Examining and monitoring women throughout their pregnancies and birth 
  • Assessing and writing care plans 
  • Responsible for antenatal care  
  • Conducting patient observations and screening tests 
  • Providing treatment and administering medication as required 
  • Supporting new parents 
  • Providing expert clinical advice 
  • Assisting with the birth and delivery of babies 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are set locally and determined by each university or employer. Generally you will need to meet the requirements of a level 6 degree at a relevant university. However, if you already have a degree, you will need to meet the requirements of a level 7 masters degree. If you are already a qualified nurse, you will take a level 7 master degree, approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).  

Benefits of a degree apprenticeship

  • Earn a salary and make a difference as a healthcare professional
  • You won’t need to pay tuition fees and will graduate without any student debt
  • Work as a fully qualified midwife once the course is completed
  • Help others while you train for your career
  • The course is a practical and hands-on challenge with many rewards
  • Learn a wide range of skills
  • Learn how to manage complicated situations
  • Work with and care for people on a regular basis
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The skills you will learn as a midwifery apprentice

As an apprentice midwife, you will need to demonstrate a variety of skills to complete the qualification. Throughout the apprenticeship, you will learn the following: 

  • To practice in accordance with the NMC standards, legislation and follow policy and procedures 
  • Communicate clearly with women, their partners and families 
  • Confirm, assess, and monitor pregnancy 
  • Determine and provide programmes of care and support 
  • During the antenatal period, provide care and intervention (where appropriate) 
  • Learn when and how to refer women and babies in need of further care 
  • Support and care for women during labour and birth 
  • Prepare for and manage emergencies 
  • During the postnatal period, work alongside women and other carers 
  • Examine and care for babies 
  • Administer medications safely 
  • Complete and retain records 
  • Work as part of the wider health and social care team

Find out more

The degree level midwifery apprenticeship is a brilliant opportunity for anyone looking to begin a career in health and science. You will have the opportunity to learn, whilst earing a salary, and working towards a career that makes a real difference every day. You can find out more about health and science apprenticeships on our website. 

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