Apprenticeship Courses

Midwifery Degree Apprenticeship

Level 6

This new Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) approved three year apprenticeship programme has been specifically designed to build upon your strengths to support you to achieve the knowledge, skills and behaviours to become a professional and motivated midwife and meet the ‘Midwife (2019 NMC standards) (degree) ST0948’ occupational standard. The role of the midwife as a catalyst for improving the health of families is well-recognised, and reflecting the focus within the NHS Long Term Plan (2019) this course includes a strong focus on current public health priorities, the care of vulnerable groups, and the increasingly complex health needs of childbearing women.

This Midwifery Degree Apprenticeship (MDA) programme is aligned to our Bachelor of Midwifery (with Honours) programme and follows the same structure. However, as an apprentice you will be employed in a job with legal and contractual terms and conditions. Following successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a Bachelor of Midwifery (with Honours) Apprenticeship qualification and an Apprenticeship
Award Certificate.

This programme offers you “added value” opportunities such as Resuscitation Council approved Neonatal Life Support (NLS) training and Undergraduate PrOMPT (Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training) courses, as well as providing you with full training to become competent in NIPE (Newborn and Infant Physical Examination) prior to registration. 

Job Roles/

You will be prepared for the developing role of the midwife and be equipped with the tools to be integrated into a sustainable, reflective workforce. Once qualified, this will open up the prospect of many jobs in clinical practice, hospital or community settings, research, teaching or managerial roles.

Registered midwives (RM) continue to study after they have qualified, often in a specialist area, as they develop their career path.


Benefits as an apprentice, a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship won’t cost you anything. Your employer and the government cover the costs of your training and assessment. Studying an apprenticeship with us means that you will:

  • earn while you learn, and be paid at least the national minimum apprenticeship wage

  • develop in-demand workplace skills for a defined professional role

  • get a head-start with an employer who wants to invest in your future

  • begin your journey towards membership of a professional body

  • benefit from our state-of-the-art facilities, multi-million pound investments, and student learning opportunities.

How it works

The Midwifery Degree Apprenticeship is both an academic and work-based programme that combines practice learning and development throughout key modules, enabling you to consolidate and apply new knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs), as you progress through the programme. This apprenticeship route is delivered as a full time programme with 50% of your time in clinical placements with NHS Trust partners and 50% academic delivery arranged in placement and study blocks.

Throughout the programme the university and employers must ensure that apprentices are supernumerary during all theory and practice learning. Supernumerary means that apprentices in practice must be supported to learn without being counted as part of the staffing required for safe and effective care in that setting. For apprentices, this includes practice placements within their place of employment. The professional requirements of the apprenticeship are detailed on the tripartite Commitment Statement that the apprentice, employer and University sign during the recruitment process.


On successful completion of this professionally accredited programme, you will have achieved a Bachelor of Midwifery (with Honours) Apprenticeship degree and will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a registered midwife. In addition, you will also receive an Apprenticeship Award Certificate.

Fees and funding

For employers with a payroll below £3 million: The Government will pay 95% of the cost of the apprenticeship training and assessment for apprentices of any age, for employers who will not be paying the apprenticeship levy. You may also be eligible for extra employer incentives.

For employers with a payroll above £3 million: Since May 2017 employers are able to use their Apprenticeship Levy contributions towards the cost of the apprenticeship using their digital account. We will agree a payment schedule and discuss funding availability before you start your apprenticeships and ensure the cost to your business is clear upfront.

Entry Requirements

All applicants will need to be currently employed within the UK and be working or a minimum of 37.5 hours per week.

Academic Pathway: 

For this apprenticeship programme we require applicants to have achieved the following admissions conditions 

  • Level 2 Requirements:
    • GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) in English Language and Maths or an approved equivalent
  • Level 3 Requirements:
    • A Levels - grades ABB or above
    • BTEC Extended Diploma – grades DDM or above
    • CACHE Level 3 Diploma – grace B or above
    • Access to HE Diploma (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 (128 UCAS point equivalence, minimum 45 credits at merit)
    • A relevant foundation year in a related subject area with 120 credits

We also accept Level 3 qualifications that are equivalent in depth to those listed above for in a related subject area, if you are unsure if your previous qualifications are acceptable, please register your interest and we will be able to confirm if you are suitable for this course. 

Advanced Entry Pathway: 

We accept applicants who wish to join this course with advanced entry on an individual basis. 

Applicants will be required to achieve the following: 

  • Year 2 Entry: A relevant HNC or an equivalent qualification in a related subject area with 120 credits. 
  • Year 3 Entry: A relevant HND or a foundation degree in a related subject area with 240 credits.

Free Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health Check: 

Due to the professional nature of our course, you will be required to complete a Declaration of Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. We will coordinate both of these non-academic conditions with you should your course require this, and you receive an offer from us.  

There will be no cost for the DBS this is free to applicants who have secured an offer and have chosen to study at the University of Wolverhampton.