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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery)

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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery)

Your Course at a Glance 

  • 100% online learning  
  • Go to university without A Levels  
  • Gain crucial midwifery knowledge  
  • Qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels 
  • Midwifery course assessed through end-of-unit assignments  

About Your Diploma 

A Midwife plays an instrumental role in a mother’s pregnancy and birthing process. Not only do they provide antenatal care, but they also give expert advice to help an expectant mother make the right decisions for themselves and their baby. For individuals who are natural caregivers, a midwifery career could be the perfect fit.  

Prepare for a Midwifery Degree 

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) will provide you with the knowledge required to apply for a university place. Targeted at individuals who don’t currently have the qualifications to study a degree, an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) is the best way to progress to this level of study.  

Learn the Role of a Midwife 

While studying our midwifery course online, you will learn essential knowledge that will prepare you to study midwifery at university. If you eventually become a Midwife, you will be the first point of contact during the pregnancy, so it is important that you understand: 

  • Prenatal care 
  • Intrapartum care 
  • Postnatal care 

Becoming a Midwife also involves having to develop knowledge of the healthcare system, which will be covered in your midwifery course online. 

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) will provide you with strong foundation knowledge, equipping you with the skills you need to progress to university.  

Getting Started 

As soon as you enrol on the midwifery course, you will have access to the course materials you need to begin your learning journey.  

Study Midwifery Around Your Schedule 

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) is 100% online, giving you the freedom to study at your own pace and from your own home. Due to this level of flexibility, you can achieve this qualification regardless of your circumstances.  

For example, if you have a young family or work full-time, you can study midwifery whenever you have free time, whether that is in the evening or first thing in the morning.  

We Help You Stay On Track 

As part of the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery), you will be given an Individual Learning Plan that details the submission deadlines for your assignments. This will help you keep on track.  

You have a year to complete our midwifery course online, but on average, learndirect students take 9 months. The qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels, so, if you don’t have A Levels, undertaking an Access to Higher Education Diploma is a great alternative.  

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Access your course materials immediately
Tutor support via our market-leading platform
Study around existing commitments
Progress as quickly as you’d like
Tailored individual learning plan to help you succeed
Engaging content; from videos to interactive quizzes
Industry-leading 5 days marking turnaround
Live class scheduled between 10 am to 8 pm daily (including weekends)  
Access to our video library of previous lectures available on-demand  
Interact with your tutors directly during your class  
Network with like-minded students via our chat functionality  
Take live classes multiple times or access recordings as you like  
OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas (National Average 78.4%)
88%

Modules

Unit 1: Academic Writing Skills  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Be able to write confidently when handling an academic task  
  • Understand how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues relating to an academic writing task  
  • Know how to summarise in an academic context by selecting key points, ideas, and information  

Unit 2: Preparing a Written Assignment  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Understand how to use sources correctly  
  • Know why sources are acknowledged and referenced  
  • Be aware of various reading strategies  
  • Understand a range of note-taking methods  
  • Know how to plan, draft and create a written assignment  

Unit 3: Health and Wellbeing  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Understand the relationship between resilience and mental wellbeing  
  • Know how feelings and emotions can be expressed and how they can be managed  
  • Understand how mental wellbeing can be supported and managed  

Unit 4: Cell Biology  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Know the structure and organisation of cells, including stem cells  
  • Understand cellular metabolism  
  • Be aware of how cells grow and divide  

Unit 5: The History of the National Health Service  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Know the background of the National Health Service and its founding principles  
  • Understand how political reforms have shaped the National Health Service  

Unit 6: Human Reproduction, Growth & Development  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Understand the structure and function of the human reproductive system  
  • Know how hormones regulate the reproductive system throughout life  
  • Know the sequence of events from conception to childbirth  

Unit 7: The Roles & Responsibilities of the Midwife  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the midwife  
  • Be aware of how the Nursing and Midwifery Council operate  
  • Understand the multidisciplinary approach to healthcare  

Unit 8: Human Nutrition & The Digestive System  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Understand the structure and functions of organs in the digestive system 
  • Know about nutrients and their sources  
  • Be aware of what consists of a healthy diet and the consequences of an unhealthy diet  

Unit 9: Introduction to Psychology  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Understand the importance of research in psychology  
  • Be aware of the main approaches taken in psychology  
  • Understand ethical issues in psychological research  

Unit 10: The Human Muscular and Skeletal System  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Know the anatomy, organisation and function of the muscular system  
  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the skeletal system  
  • Be aware of how the muscular system and skeletal system interact in locomotion  

Unit 11: Social Factors in Health and Social Care  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Understand sociological factors influencing the relationships between patients and health professionals  
  • Know about the role of social motivational factors in health and ill health  
  • Be aware of how significant social support networks are in healthcare and maintenance  

Unit 12: The Human Endocrine & Nervous System  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the nervous system  
  • Understand how the endocrine system co-ordinates body functions  
  • Know about the role of the nervous and endocrine systems homeostasis  

Unit 13: Mental Health and Illness  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Understand the difficulties in defining normality and abnormality  
  • Know what a psychological disorder is  
  • Know what treatments are used to treat people with psychological disorders  

Unit 14: Cell Metabolism (Health)  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Understand the metabolic pathways of anaerobic and aerobic respiration  
  • Understand the biochemical structure and the role of adenosine triphosphate in the cell  
  • Be aware of the role of enzymes in cell metabolism  

Unit 15: Understanding Poverty  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Know the definitions of poverty  
  • Understand ways of measuring poverty  
  • Understand the extent of poverty in contemporary Britain  
  • Know how poverty is explained  

Unit 16: Cell Division and Heredity (Health)  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Be able to demonstrate a knowledge of cell division  
  • Understand heredity  
  • Understand mutation and variation 

Unit 17: Human Immunity  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Understand non-specific defences against disease  
  • Understand specific immunity  
  • Be aware of the biology of vaccination  

Unit 18: Equality and Diversity within Healthcare  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Know about equality and diversity within healthcare  
  • Understand the rights of the individual in a healthcare setting  
  • Understand the impact of equality and diversity legislation for healthcare  

Unit 19: Human Disease & Prevention  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Know the categories and causes of disease by using infectious disease to illustrate your answer  
  • Understand the epidemiology of commonly occurring diseases/conditions  
  • Know about preventative measures for a chosen disease or condition 

Entry Requirements

The requirements to enrol on our midwifery course online are outlined below: 

GCSEs 

To study the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery), you should hold GSCEs in Maths or English at grade C/4 or above. Most universities will require you to have these qualifications upon application, so if you want to study for an Access to Higher Education Diploma, you should either hold these GCSEs or be working towards them.  

It is important to note that entry requirements are set by individual universities, so you should check the prerequisites of your chosen university before applying. Generally, higher education establishments request GCSEs in both Maths and English, but if you don’t possess them, you can study a range of GSCE courses at learndirect.  

University Entry Criteria 

As mentioned, the admission criteria for a midwifery degree differs depending on the university, so you should be aware that to become a successful applicant, you may need to do the following:  

  • Gain a certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade  
  • Undergo a face-to-face interview  
  • Complete a course-related work placement or work experience  
  • Take literacy and numeracy assessments  

Please note that as a learner, you are responsible for researching the entry requirements and meeting the criteria. learndirect is not liable if learners fail to gain entry to their chosen university after completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma.  

*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only. 

*You will have access to the course for 12 months only, after which, you can purchase extensions through your learning platform.

The assessment process of our midwifery course consists of the following: 

Assignments 

At the end of each module during the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery), you will be tasked with an assignment. Each assignment contains various academic tasks, and once completed and submitted, you will receive feedback from your tutor. This will allow you to develop and progress on to the next stage of your study.  

Credits 

Each assignment represents a certain number of credits, and overall, you will need 60 credits in total to successfully achieve an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery). The credits are split into two categories: 

  • Graded – 45 credits come from graded units, which focus on the academic subject 
  • Ungraded – 15 credits come from ungraded units, such as writing and study skills 

As part of the midwifery course, you will get help and advice in how to complete a university application and the various research that’s required to achieve the qualification.  

Given that the course is 100% online, you will have 24/7 access to your course materials, which will help you complete your assignments. As mentioned, you have one year to complete the Access to Higher Education Diploma, but you will have deadlines to complete your assignments.  

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40012530). This course has been assigned 60 credits.

 

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Career

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) is equivalent to 3 A Levels. Most universities accept this qualification in applications, so you could potentially study a degree at the university of your choice, should you meet the entry requirements.  

If you have ambitions to become a Midwife, then the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) could provide a stepping stone towards achieving your career goal. Prior to starting your midwifery programme, you may want to gain foundation knowledge in a similar field, such as health science. If you go on to gain a midwifery degree, you will be qualified to work as a Midwife.  

Further Qualifications and Prospects  

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) regulates Nurses and Midwives across the UK, and for those on the NMC register, Midwives will need to undertake 35 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) each year.  

The purpose of CPD is to ensure that Midwives are up to date on healthcare practices and ethics so that they continue to perform competently. Outside of mandatory CPD, a Midwife can enhance their knowledge and skillset by taking various courses, including the following:  

During your midwifery career, if you decide that a less medical role would be better suited to you, having a midwifery degree can help you land a role as a doula or birthing partner. You may also be open to considering a position as a health visitor.

  • FREE On-Demand & Live Classes Upgrade - RRP £480
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Live Classes Upgrade

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery)

Your Course at a Glance 

  • 100% online learning  
  • Go to university without A Levels  
  • Gain crucial midwifery knowledge  
  • Qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels 
  • Midwifery course assessed through end-of-unit assignments  

About Your Diploma 

A Midwife plays an instrumental role in a mother’s pregnancy and birthing process. Not only do they provide antenatal care, but they also give expert advice to help an expectant mother make the right decisions for themselves and their baby. For individuals who are natural caregivers, a midwifery career could be the perfect fit.  

Prepare for a Midwifery Degree 

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) will provide you with the knowledge required to apply for a university place. Targeted at individuals who don’t currently have the qualifications to study a degree, an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) is the best way to progress to this level of study.  

Learn the Role of a Midwife 

While studying our midwifery course online, you will learn essential knowledge that will prepare you to study midwifery at university. If you eventually become a Midwife, you will be the first point of contact during the pregnancy, so it is important that you understand: 

  • Prenatal care 
  • Intrapartum care 
  • Postnatal care 

Becoming a Midwife also involves having to develop knowledge of the healthcare system, which will be covered in your midwifery course online. 

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) will provide you with strong foundation knowledge, equipping you with the skills you need to progress to university.  

Getting Started 

As soon as you enrol on the midwifery course, you will have access to the course materials you need to begin your learning journey.  

Study Midwifery Around Your Schedule 

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) is 100% online, giving you the freedom to study at your own pace and from your own home. Due to this level of flexibility, you can achieve this qualification regardless of your circumstances.  

For example, if you have a young family or work full-time, you can study midwifery whenever you have free time, whether that is in the evening or first thing in the morning.  

We Help You Stay On Track 

As part of the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery), you will be given an Individual Learning Plan that details the submission deadlines for your assignments. This will help you keep on track.  

You have a year to complete our midwifery course online, but on average, learndirect students take 9 months. The qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels, so, if you don’t have A Levels, undertaking an Access to Higher Education Diploma is a great alternative.  

+ Free Upgrade Self-Paced Online Learning With Tutor Support Self-Paced Online Learning With Tutor Support PLUS On-Demand & Live Classes
Access your course materials immediately
Tutor support via our market-leading platform
Study around existing commitments
Progress as quickly as you’d like
Tailored individual learning plan to help you succeed
Engaging content; from videos to interactive quizzes
Industry-leading 5 days marking turnaround
Live class scheduled between 10 am to 8 pm daily (including weekends)  
Access to our video library of previous lectures available on-demand  
Interact with your tutors directly during your class  
Network with like-minded students via our chat functionality  
Take live classes multiple times or access recordings as you like  

Modules

Unit 1: Academic Writing Skills  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Be able to write confidently when handling an academic task  
  • Understand how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues relating to an academic writing task  
  • Know how to summarise in an academic context by selecting key points, ideas, and information  

Unit 2: Preparing a Written Assignment  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Understand how to use sources correctly  
  • Know why sources are acknowledged and referenced  
  • Be aware of various reading strategies  
  • Understand a range of note-taking methods  
  • Know how to plan, draft and create a written assignment  

Unit 3: Health and Wellbeing  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Understand the relationship between resilience and mental wellbeing  
  • Know how feelings and emotions can be expressed and how they can be managed  
  • Understand how mental wellbeing can be supported and managed  

Unit 4: Cell Biology  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Know the structure and organisation of cells, including stem cells  
  • Understand cellular metabolism  
  • Be aware of how cells grow and divide  

Unit 5: The History of the National Health Service  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Know the background of the National Health Service and its founding principles  
  • Understand how political reforms have shaped the National Health Service  

Unit 6: Human Reproduction, Growth & Development  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Understand the structure and function of the human reproductive system  
  • Know how hormones regulate the reproductive system throughout life  
  • Know the sequence of events from conception to childbirth  

Unit 7: The Roles & Responsibilities of the Midwife  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the midwife  
  • Be aware of how the Nursing and Midwifery Council operate  
  • Understand the multidisciplinary approach to healthcare  

Unit 8: Human Nutrition & The Digestive System  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Understand the structure and functions of organs in the digestive system 
  • Know about nutrients and their sources  
  • Be aware of what consists of a healthy diet and the consequences of an unhealthy diet  

Unit 9: Introduction to Psychology  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Understand the importance of research in psychology  
  • Be aware of the main approaches taken in psychology  
  • Understand ethical issues in psychological research  

Unit 10: The Human Muscular and Skeletal System  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Know the anatomy, organisation and function of the muscular system  
  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the skeletal system  
  • Be aware of how the muscular system and skeletal system interact in locomotion  

Unit 11: Social Factors in Health and Social Care  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Understand sociological factors influencing the relationships between patients and health professionals  
  • Know about the role of social motivational factors in health and ill health  
  • Be aware of how significant social support networks are in healthcare and maintenance  

Unit 12: The Human Endocrine & Nervous System  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the nervous system  
  • Understand how the endocrine system co-ordinates body functions  
  • Know about the role of the nervous and endocrine systems homeostasis  

Unit 13: Mental Health and Illness  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Understand the difficulties in defining normality and abnormality  
  • Know what a psychological disorder is  
  • Know what treatments are used to treat people with psychological disorders  

Unit 14: Cell Metabolism (Health)  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Understand the metabolic pathways of anaerobic and aerobic respiration  
  • Understand the biochemical structure and the role of adenosine triphosphate in the cell  
  • Be aware of the role of enzymes in cell metabolism  

Unit 15: Understanding Poverty  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Know the definitions of poverty  
  • Understand ways of measuring poverty  
  • Understand the extent of poverty in contemporary Britain  
  • Know how poverty is explained  

Unit 16: Cell Division and Heredity (Health)  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Be able to demonstrate a knowledge of cell division  
  • Understand heredity  
  • Understand mutation and variation 

Unit 17: Human Immunity  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Understand non-specific defences against disease  
  • Understand specific immunity  
  • Be aware of the biology of vaccination  

Unit 18: Equality and Diversity within Healthcare  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Know about equality and diversity within healthcare  
  • Understand the rights of the individual in a healthcare setting  
  • Understand the impact of equality and diversity legislation for healthcare  

Unit 19: Human Disease & Prevention  

On completion of this unit, you will:  

  • Know the categories and causes of disease by using infectious disease to illustrate your answer  
  • Understand the epidemiology of commonly occurring diseases/conditions  
  • Know about preventative measures for a chosen disease or condition 

Entry Requirements

The requirements to enrol on our midwifery course online are outlined below: 

GCSEs 

To study the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery), you should hold GSCEs in Maths or English at grade C/4 or above. Most universities will require you to have these qualifications upon application, so if you want to study for an Access to Higher Education Diploma, you should either hold these GCSEs or be working towards them.  

It is important to note that entry requirements are set by individual universities, so you should check the prerequisites of your chosen university before applying. Generally, higher education establishments request GCSEs in both Maths and English, but if you don’t possess them, you can study a range of GSCE courses at learndirect.  

University Entry Criteria 

As mentioned, the admission criteria for a midwifery degree differs depending on the university, so you should be aware that to become a successful applicant, you may need to do the following:  

  • Gain a certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade  
  • Undergo a face-to-face interview  
  • Complete a course-related work placement or work experience  
  • Take literacy and numeracy assessments  

Please note that as a learner, you are responsible for researching the entry requirements and meeting the criteria. learndirect is not liable if learners fail to gain entry to their chosen university after completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma.  

*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only. 

*You will have access to the course for 12 months only, after which, you can purchase extensions through your learning platform.

Assessment

The assessment process of our midwifery course consists of the following: 

Assignments 

At the end of each module during the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery), you will be tasked with an assignment. Each assignment contains various academic tasks, and once completed and submitted, you will receive feedback from your tutor. This will allow you to develop and progress on to the next stage of your study.  

Credits 

Each assignment represents a certain number of credits, and overall, you will need 60 credits in total to successfully achieve an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery). The credits are split into two categories: 

  • Graded – 45 credits come from graded units, which focus on the academic subject 
  • Ungraded – 15 credits come from ungraded units, such as writing and study skills 

As part of the midwifery course, you will get help and advice in how to complete a university application and the various research that’s required to achieve the qualification.  

Given that the course is 100% online, you will have 24/7 access to your course materials, which will help you complete your assignments. As mentioned, you have one year to complete the Access to Higher Education Diploma, but you will have deadlines to complete your assignments.  

Qualifications

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40012530). This course has been assigned 60 credits.

 

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Career

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) is equivalent to 3 A Levels. Most universities accept this qualification in applications, so you could potentially study a degree at the university of your choice, should you meet the entry requirements.  

If you have ambitions to become a Midwife, then the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) could provide a stepping stone towards achieving your career goal. Prior to starting your midwifery programme, you may want to gain foundation knowledge in a similar field, such as health science. If you go on to gain a midwifery degree, you will be qualified to work as a Midwife.  

Further Qualifications and Prospects  

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) regulates Nurses and Midwives across the UK, and for those on the NMC register, Midwives will need to undertake 35 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) each year.  

The purpose of CPD is to ensure that Midwives are up to date on healthcare practices and ethics so that they continue to perform competently. Outside of mandatory CPD, a Midwife can enhance their knowledge and skillset by taking various courses, including the following:  

During your midwifery career, if you decide that a less medical role would be better suited to you, having a midwifery degree can help you land a role as a doula or birthing partner. You may also be open to considering a position as a health visitor.

OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
88%
(National Average 78.4%)

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