Professional short courses and master classes

Discover Midwifery: What is it like to be a Midwifery Student?

Course description

This experience is strongly focused on how to prepare for, and studying on a midwifery course. There will be opportunities for networking, finding good resources and discussing the challenges of emotional work, round the clock shifts and professional practice.

Timetables, student testimonials, textbooks and detailed course information will be available throughout the day for participants to read.

The course will be delivered by midwifery lecturers and current student midwives​.


This is a ‘not for credit’ course, so there is no assessment. At the end of the day participants will have increased understanding about preparing for midwifery studies, the selection process and what to expect as a student midwife.


09.45 - 10.00 - Arrival and registration.
10.00 – 10.15 - What do you want to get out of today?
10.15 – 11.00 - What universities are looking for in students and midwives of the future
11.00 – 11.30 - Course information; what to expect including the challenges of emotional work, round the clock shifts and professional practice
12.00 – 13.00 - Meet some current student midwives, hear about their experiences of applying and studying at UWL, your questions and their answers (feel free to eat you lunch during this discussion, or eat in the Refectory)
13.30 – 14.30 - Experience an interactive lesson
14.30 – 15.00 - Open discussion and parting thoughts

Course staff

Helen Crafter, Andrea Aras-Payne, Jenny Brewster, Clare Gordon and Luisa Acosta are experienced midwife teachers based at the University of West London. They deliver the NMC validated curriculum for current students, and link with maternity units across west London to ensure the best possible practice experience for both three year and 18 month students (short course for Registered Adult Nurses).

They are also involved in shortlisting, interviewing and selecting students for the midwifery programmes at UWL, and supporting them through their studies until they qualify as a Registered Midwife and gain their BSc (Hons) Midwifery degree.


University of West London,
Boston Manor Road,

Course dates

There are currently no planned courses available to book. 

Please contact if you have any questions.

Please note that all UWL Short Courses require a minimum attendance number of 7 persons in order for them to be run. Once you have book a place on a UWL Short Course your card will not be charged until the minimum number of attendees has been reached by the final booking date. You will receive email confirmation of this. Should the minimum number of attendees (7 persons) not be reached then your card will not be charged and you will receive an email to advise you of these developments.