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Writing a personal statement for application to a midwifery degree programme


Congratulations on your career choice! Here at The Practising Midwife we firmly believe that midwifery is indeed the most rewarding and engaging job in the world.

Writing a personal statement (PS) is part of the process of applying to study midwifery in order to become qualified. Application to study midwifery is increasingly popular and is very competitive, so plenty of support will help you to achieve success. This module is designed to support you in this aspect of your application process and you will find further suggestions for help in other TPM articles (see the Further reading recommendations below).

Learning aims and objectives

This module aims to help you prepare your application to study midwifery at degree level. Completing your application form is one of the first steps and the personal statement you supply is an essential and influential part of that application.

Completing this module will:

  • Guide you through how to complete your personal statement (PS) to the standard that is required for entry to study midwifery at degree level
  • Help you to focus your thoughts in preparation for writing your PS
  • Support you in writing your PS with the intention of securing an interview to study for a midwifery degree

This module is not only useful for those aspiring to study midwifery, but can also be used by current students and midwives to update and check on general midwifery knowledge (particularly with components relating to the NMC, ICM and the NHS).

Keywords and linking topics

Personal statement, interview, midwifery, health professional, breastfeeding, normal birth, midwifery philosophies, interview techniques, CV writing

The questions that form part of this resource will enable you to assess your knowledge and reflect on how you can incorporate it into your own practice. In the following questions, please select the answer that you believe to be correct. This will be marked and then you move on to the next question. If you wish, at the end you can return for a further attempt at the questions. Please note that sometimes what is in essence a correct answer will attract an ‘incorrect’ assessment, because the answer chosen is insufficient on its own.

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to download and save or print a certificate to include in your CPD/revalidation portfolio.