Midwifery - Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health)


This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health) gives you the opportunity to apply for a degree in Midwifery - preparing you well for academic work and the prospect of university life.

It’s an extremely popular Access to HE Diploma and an excellent way to maximise your job prospects. It could lead to a career offering the unique satisfaction of caring for the health of mother, baby and her family.

Midwifery - Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health)

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  • On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref:400/0393/0). This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

    All of our course materials are easy to understand, and provide you with a broad range of additional information to support your learning. You’ll be allocated a personal tutor who’ll have regular contact with you via our platform, by phone, email or Skype. You’ll be responsible for setting your own study schedule to fit around your lifestyle and responsibilities; you can therefore study at your own pace and in your own way.

    Whilst you will have a great deal of flexibility with your studies, you’ll need to develop the discipline to study independently as well as be realistic about what you can achieve in the time you have available. Contact is all available with fellow students via our unique platform, and through debates and forums where you can share thoughts and ideas. Remember that this is distance learning so the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health) fits into your life rather than the other way round. You can choose how long you’d like to study your Access to Higher Education Diploma for. The minimum expected time a learner would take to complete their Access to Higher Education Diploma is 9 months, the maximum is 2 years. After a short amount of time on the course you’ll be capable of things you hadn’t previously thought possible.

    After successfully completing the Access to Higher Education Diploma, you’ll be eligible to apply to a wide range of health related courses at university.

    UCAS, (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is a valuable source of information for all stages of university applications process, including what and where to study. Review the “what to study” unit on the UCAS website and watch the video.

    After successfully completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health) and/or university degree, this could lead to carving out a solid health care profession.

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  • After each graded and ungraded unit there will be an assignment which needs to be completed and submitted online to your assessor for marking. You'll find 'assessment planners' included within the course materials for each unit; these are designed to help you to complete the relevant assignment. Your assessor will be responsible for marking your assignments and giving you with feedback about the work you've produced, and how you can improve.

    The assignments contain one or a combinations of 2 tasks that you need to complete. As an example this could be any combination of a short series of questions, an essay, an academic report or a presentation. Learners must work their way through their ungraded and graded course units and attempt to get as many “Distinction” credits as possible. These are important as a minimum amount maybe specified in your university degree entrance criteria.

    This method of continual assessment ensures that your assessor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper. The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is 360 hrs.
  • This course contains the following modules:

    • Module 1: Preparing to study
    • Module 2: Academic writing skills
    • Module 3: Preparing a written assignment
    • Module 4: Independent research
    • Module 5: Progressing to Higher Education
    • Module 6: Human Nutrition & the digestive system
    • Module 7: Human reproduction, growth & development
    • Module 8: The human musculo-skeletal system
    • Module 9: Cell biology
    • Module 10: Equality and diversity within health care
    • Module 11: The roles and responsibilities of health care professionals
    • Module 12: Inequalities in health & illness
    • Module 13: Approaches to health
    • Module 14:  Contemporary health issues
    • Module 15: Introduction to psychology
    • Module 16: The brain & nervous system
    • Module 17: Abnormal psychology
    • Module 18: Introduction to cognitive psychology

  • All learners starting an Access to Higher Education Diploma must have a GCSE in Maths and English (or equivalent qualification), a relevant NVQ at level 2 or above and aspire to study a related degree at university.

    Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to Higher Education Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each University has their own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:

    • Number of credits to be attained at Merit or Distinction level.
    • Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the University.
    • Passing a Universities proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
    • Completion of specified work placements or work experience.

    We strongly recommend learners starting an Access to Higher Education Diploma have a GCSE Grade A – C in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills etc.) OR a full L2 NVQ qualification in a related subject. Each learner must undertake their own research to ensure their diploma is properly specified and gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. This research should be undertaken as soon as possible. learndirect will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education Diploma learner failing to secure an offer from a Higher Education institution.

    The vast majority of universities and colleges will accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas as an entry requirement, but you‘re advised to check this with each of the establishments you’re interested in attending. Most universities/colleges will also require a minimum of Grade C in English and Maths GCSEs, or equivalent. You’ll also need to meet this requirement in order to commence your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health).

Technical Requirements
Technical requirements
360 Guided learning hours
Course media type
Course code
Access to HE Midwifery
Length of access
12 months