GCSE English language, mathematics and science at grade C/Level 4 or above are required.
Essential previous experience is required e.g. attendance at a midwifery conference/maternity open day, spending time with someone who has experience of midwifery.
Essential personal skills are required e.g. the ability to articulate why you want to enter the profession, be able to discuss some current issues in midwifery practice and be able to demonstrate that you are caring and compassionate and able to communicate effectively with a variety of people.
Recruitment for the Midwifery course considers values which are considered integral to the midwifery profession including being caring, able to communicate with people, as well as being respectful and compassionate. These values are also thought to be important in the wider NHS.
During the shortlisting process and the interview you will need to be able to demonstrate that you have these skills in order to be considered suitable for the course and the midwifery profession.
When selecting applicants, a number of factors are taken into account. These include evidence of some understanding of the role of the midwife and the challenges that this involves. It is suggested that candidates visit their local Maternity Unit or attend a maternity unit open day offered by the three Kent NHS Trust maternity units supporting this course.
Relevant experience can also be obtained through volunteer placements, such as those offered by Volunteering Matters. Visit volunteeringmatters.org.uk for information. However, actual experience within the maternity services is not required. Further understanding of the role and work of the midwife can be gained in a number of different ways, for example talking to midwives, and through accessing maternity/health focused websites.
You should set aside time to complete the application form as the decision as to whether you are called for interview is based on the form. The personal statement is very important and you must say why you want to become a midwife and demonstrate your commitment to and understanding of the profession, particularly the role of the midwife in relation to women’s health issues.
We take into account what your referees say about you, and it is important that you give us the names and addresses of relevant referees who can comment on why you would make a good midwifery student and caring and compassionate midwife, for example you should not use friends or relatives. We also look at your academic background and we take into account any criminal convictions or police cautions that you might have.
Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, subject to satisfactory Occupational Health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
During the selection day you will be assessed in a number of ways including literacy tests and Mini Multiple Interviews (MMI). During the MMI you will be interviewed by a number of interviewers including academic and clinical midwives. As a way of supporting your application, you should bring a short reflective portfolio to the interview which demonstrates how you have developed your knowledge and understanding of the role of the midwife through attending and reflecting on your work experiences, conference attendance etc.
Each interviewer will have a set of criteria by which all applicants are judged. In general they are looking for applicants who can:
- Communicate clearly in spoken and written standard English
- Convey commitment and enthusiasm for their chosen profession
- Explain why they want to become a midwife and be able to explain and give evidence that they understand what it means to be a midwife and as a result have an understanding of the role of the midwife.
Entry criteria meet the current requirements of the statutory regulatory body.