Entry requirements for midwifery

Qualifications – minimum requirements

At present there are no standard minimum educational entry requirements to begin a midwife course.  As a result of this, it is down to the course provider to set their own entry criteria.  However, all applicants must be able to show proof of numeracy and literacy.

For evidence of your numeracy ability you must be able to do the following:

  • Correctly use numbers that relate to weight, volume and length.  This includes being able to add, subtract, multiply, divide as well as understanding decimals and fractions.

For evidence of you literacy ability you must be able to do the following this:

  • Read and understand English or Welsh and be able to communicate plainly and effectively in writing.

Before applying for your midwife course you should check with the provider to see if your qualifications match their entry requirements.   Below is a general guide to what qualifications, course providers are looking for.

To undertake a midwifery pre-registration degree course, you will normally be required to have a minimum of five GCSEs at a grade level of C or above, in addition to having two A’ levels or equivalent.


There is no legal minimum age requirement or upper age limit for entry onto pre-registration midwifery programmes.

Criminal convictions

When you accept a place on a midwife course you will have to have a criminal records check. These checks are carried out by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). On your application you will have to confirm that you agree to having a check done on you. If your course requires to being in sole charge or regularly caring for children, you will also need to have a Protection of Children Act List check before your practical placement.

Having a criminal conviction or a police caution does not automatically prevent you from working in the NHS as every conviction is looked at on its individual situation