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Part-time degree for nurses who want to become midwives


A new work-based degree programme has been launched for nurses who wish to re-train as midwives.

Qualified nurses will be able to undertake the Pre-registration Midwifery (shortened) Work-based Learning BSc (Hons) at the University of Hertfordshire from January 2009. Upon gaining the qualification, they will be able to apply to be added to part 2 of the NMC’s professional register.

The course will involve a mix of hospital placement, face-to-face teaching and online study, and can be completed over 18 months on a full-time basis or part-time over two years.

Midwifery practice will make up 60% of the course, with students working alongside a registered midwife on a maternity ward. Placements will be in one of four local hospitals in Barnet, Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City or Watford.

A diploma in nursing is required as a minimum for enrolment on the course. More information on the course is available at


Readers' comments (3)

  • Hello,I have midwifery certificate.As i am trained in India is there any way i could practice midwifery in UK.Kindly let me know,Thank you.

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  • hello,im license midwife from philippines,but at the moment im full time can i start to practice my midwifery?

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  • I have been a student midwife on the 78 week fixed contract
    due to personal circumstances I have been granted time off & now find the hospital can no longer fund my last 6/52 training.
    I am not holding my breath for a succesful outcome on appeal, but see the whole process of a waste of tax payers money!

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