How to become a nurse or midwife in the UK


How to become a nurse or midwife in the UK

June 14, 2021

How to become a nurse or midwife in the UK


Becoming a nurse in the UK can be difficult if you don’t know where to start but we are here to help you!




Regardless of what role you choose to pursue, such as adult nurse, children’s nurse, mental health nurse or a midwife, the path you take is very similar.

You can go to university and complete a degree in the respective role approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council which usually takes 3 years.

Typically, you would be able to study another area of nursing alongside your chosen area, depending on the degree course.


Entry requirements – University


Typically, you need:

· 4 or 5 GCSEs A* to C (9 to 4) or the equivalent, including maths, English and science

· 2 or 3 A levels, including a science, or a level 3 diploma or access to higher education in health, science or nursing




If you do not particularly want to take the route of university to become a nurse, it is perfectly fine as there are other ways to get your dream job.

The other main way to achieve the necessary qualifications is to do a degree apprenticeship in nursing which is equivalent to a bachelor’s or master’s degree and may take around 4 years to complete.

For children’s, adult and mental health nursing, if you are supported by your employer, you may be able to do a degree apprenticeship if you work in a healthcare setting like a hospital as an apprenticeship is a mixture of academic studying, work experience and training.

For a midwife degree apprenticeship, the process is more or less the same but may be more complex as there are less training places that are doing midwifery apprenticeships.


Entry requirements – Apprenticeship


Typically, you need:

· 4 or 5 GCSEs A* to C (9 to 4)

· 2 A levels or equivalent

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