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Is Biology A level needed?

Discussion in 'Thinking Of Applying' started by Ella7, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. Ella7

    Ella7 New Member

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    Are there any midwives in training/ qualified midwives who didn't have a biolog A level who could give me a bit of advice on what to do? I really cannot wait to start training to become a midwife. I haven't taken A level biology and have found a list of universities that don't need biology as a requirement. but after visiting an open day and speaking to a midwife in training she said knowledge in Anatomy and Physiology was essential before starting uni. Is it possible to survive without having this knowledge without starting? or would it be worth doing an access to midwifery course before applying to uni? I have been fortunate enough to gain some work experience and will hopefully get the grades I need. Is it worth still applying this year or should I take a year out to do the access course? any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated :)
     
  2. LouisaMoon

    LouisaMoon Queen of the Smilies
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    I am not sure that the person you spoke to was correct - from what I have heard, including what I have been told by admissions offices at several unis, it is not a requirement to have biology if the uni will take you without it.

    Obviously having some knowledge would be USEFUL but as far as I know from what people have said here, A&P is covered fairly thoroughly and to be honest, biology A level doesn't really go into the female reproductive system as much as a midwife will need to!

    Ask the unis you want to apply to for their advice, they're all different. I have no A-level biology either and I'm just reading books and things on the internet to gain some knowledge.
     
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    The A & P is way way harder than I had inagined. Its pretty intense and my uni expects a lot of self directed learning. I'm finding it tough, and I do have A level biology.

    It wasn't a requirement at my uni, and there are plenty on the course without it, they are similarly struggling.

    I'd say if you haven't taken it don't stress it, but do do some reading in preparation for uni. We were recommended Ross and Wilson book called Anatomy and Physiology in health and illness, section 1 as a basis for the A & P module if you don't have biology a level.

    But that book itself is too basic for uni, but very good prep.
    Hth? X
     
  4. Ella7

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    I can remember one of the student midwives talking about the Ross and Wilson book. But yeah that has helped thank you :) I think I will just apply for 2012 anyway and see where that gets me, if I get some offers then thats a bonus but if I don't then I will have that year to gain some extra knowledge :)
     
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    I was advised by a lecturer that although I already have the qualifications it would be very helpful to do some kind of anatomy course such as human biology. It's not necessary but as a few girls on here have said it does take a bit off pressure off having some prior knowledge. Im finding it enjoyable but there is a lot to it and im amazed my hand is still attached to my arm tonight after all the writing.:confused:miley-chores013: Im trying to get right up to speed on it in case I get an offer. If your thinking of buying a book to study then I think 'Higher Human Biology with answers by Jim Torrence is brilliant. Everything is explained really clearly ...if I can follow it then anyone can. I ordered it from amazon and it was £24 something. xx
     
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