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Any help / advice would be great!

Postby sherbert1978 » Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:47 pm

Hi everyone

I have wanted to study midwifery for years but isn't ever been the right time (having a son, now 6, relationship breakdown, not the right qualifications in maths and science etc :violin: ), I work in Maternity, Newborn Hearing (part time) and still want to pursue midwifery (I think) although i have considered other careers such as social work etc - although I couldn't afford the uni course. Am I right in thinking you still don't have to pay to study for a midwifery degree?! I worry as a single mum I wouldn't get through the DLC course let alone the degree... any words of advice or encouragment from anyone in a similar situation would be much appreciated.

Thank you
x Sam

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Re: Any help / advice would be great!

Postby Karen Hayday » Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:51 am

You can apply for a bursary for Nursing and Midwifery, but that also means that the competition is very very stiff. However, for all University courses you can get a students loan and you do not have to start paying that back until you start earning. So my advice is to decide what you really want to do and then go for that option whole heartedly as going for a career change just looking at the costs now, could well mean that you regret it in the long run.

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Re: Any help / advice would be great!

Postby sherbert1978 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:59 pm

Thanks for your reply Karen, I have started looking into it a bit further. I ahve emailed my local university to make sure they accept the Access course rather than GCSEs and go from there. The only other thing bothering me is that if I start the Access, then progress to Uni, it means applying to Uni next sept (2015) and then not starting Uni until 2016! But I guess in the long run I'll be doing what I've always wanted and there always seem to be alot of mature students on the Maternity Ward so I wouldn't be the only one!

Many thanks for your help


Sam :thumbup:

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Postby PPoskitt » Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:02 pm

I'm sure you could apply to university this september(2014), as I am doing? I just started my access course officially last week. Throughout the course, from what I know, your tutor will give predicted grades through a reference on your UCAS (University and Colleges Admission Service) application. Universities will use this as a guide to offering you an interview/place. They could then make you an unconditional offer (So, based on the fact that you must acheive 'X' amount of distinctions out of 'X' credits (usually 60) to be granted a place on the course.

Ucas applications open for 2015 entry in september 2014, so you could apply from there.

Don't think university would be too far away! And i'm sure with the help and advice given through the DLC, you will manage just fine in your circumstances. Possibly, the only thing you have to lose is regret for not starting the course and getting the ball rolling when you wanted it to :)
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Re: Any help / advice would be great!

Postby PPoskitt » Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:05 pm

Just do make sure you have a look at all the course you wish to take and at which universities. Check the internet for course entry requirements, or find the contact number for admissions and find out exactly what they require. Different universities require different amounts of distinctions (if, at all) through the access course, some universities prefer certain modules to be taken (when you get to select your specialist modules).

Always good to know exactly what is required - but also, all this information will be researched anyway as part of your induction to the course, before you even get tucked into the moderated materials.
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Re: Any help / advice would be great!

Postby rachoakley » Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:59 pm

Hi Sam

I am currently studying access to midwifery and my situation is similar to yours. I am also a newborn Hearing screener and have had a passion to study midwifery for years. I now have 4 children and am just starting to follow my dream. BUT I am finding this access course really hard and there really arent enough hours in the day to study. Just wondered how you are doing?

Rachel


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