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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery)

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Overview

If you are searching online, wondering “what do I need to become a Midwife?”, look no further! You’ll need a degree in Midwifery and enrolling on an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) is the best way to get to university and obtain one if you lack formal qualifications. Widely accepted as an alternative to A-levels, Access to Higher Education Diplomas are one of the best ways for anybody to progress to degree level study, regardless of their academic or professional background.

Midwifery is a vocation, which is why this Access to Higher Education Diploma has been designed to not only prepare you for university study but to equip you with the skills and techniques that Midwives need to master in their career. You will learn all you need to know about bringing a new life into the world, along with the social skills for comforting and preparing future parents and carers. On top of this, you will also understand post-partum care and how to navigate the healthcare system for the benefit of expectant parents.

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) is available 100% online. This means that you are free to enrol at any time of the year and you can start studying straight away. You will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to keep you on track throughout your studies. An Access to HE Diploma can be completed within two years. However, most students complete their course within 9-12 months.

You will also have access to our team of qualified and experienced tutors that will guide you through the study materials and help you to make the most of your diploma.

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Modules

Unit 1: Preparing To Study

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how study is organised and planned
  • Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning
  • Understand a range of constraints upon study
  • Understand the importance of assessment feedback.

Unit 2: Academic Writing Skills 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task.
  • Know how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task.
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.  

Unit 3: Preparing a Written Assignment   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to use key information sources.
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced.
  • Understand a range of reading strategies.
  • Understand note-making methods.
  • Understand how to plan draft and produce a written assignment.

Unit 4: Cell Biology  

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 5:  The History of the National Health Service

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the background to and the founding principles of the National Health Service.
  • 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.
  • Understand how hormones regulate the reproductive system throughout life.
  • Understand the sequence of events from conception to childbirth.

Unit 7: The Role of the Midwife in Antenatal Care

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the Midwife within the antenatal period.
  • Understand the role of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in Midwifery regulation concerning the antenatal period.

Unit 8: Introduction to Psychology   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of research in psychology
  • Understand the main approaches in psychology.
  • Understand ethical issues in psychological research.

Unit 9: Human Nutrition & The Digestive System  

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and functions of the organs of the digestive system.
  • Understand nutrients and their sources.
  • Understand the components of a healthy diet and the consequences of an unhealthy diet.

Unit 10: The Role of the Midwife in Intrapartum Care

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the midwife concerning the intrapartum period.
  • Understand the role of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in midwifery regulation, concerning the intrapartum period.

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.
  • Understand the role of social motivational factors in health and ill health.
  • Understand the significance of social support networks in healthcare and maintenance.

Unit 12: The Human Musculo-skeletal System

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 13: The Role of the Midwife in Postnatal Care

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the Midwife concerning the postnatal period.
  • Understand the role of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in midwifery regulation concerning the postnatal period.

Unit 14: Human Immunity

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 15: Approaches to Health   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the different definitions of health and ill health.
  • Understand different explanatory models of health and ill health.
  • Understand contrasting sociological perspectives on health.
  • Understand the different ways in which people respond to illness.

Unit 16: Cell Division and Heredity (Health)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of cell division.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of heredity.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of mutation and variation.

Unit 17: The Brain & Nervous System (psychology)  

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the major sub divisions of the nervous system.
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons.

Unit 18: Human Disease & Prevention   

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 19: Equality and Diversity within Healthcare   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand equality and diversity within healthcare.
  • Understand the rights of the individual in a healthcare setting.
  • Understand the impact of equality and diversity legislation on healthcare provision.

 

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Requirements

If you wish to start your Access to Higher Education Diploma right now, you should hold a GSCE in maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. It is a common requirement for entry to most universities and degrees. You should also have a desire to study a related degree at university. If you do not hold these qualifications then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.
 
Access to Higher Education Diplomas have been designed to help learners follow their academic aspirations and get them into their choice university. You must be mindful that each university has its own admission criteria, and some may even differ from course to course. These can include, but not be limited to:
 
  • A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade. 
  • A face-to-face interview at the university. 
  • Literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university.
  • Course-related work placements or work experience. 
  • GCSE Grade A – C in maths and English (or equivalent level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills, etc.). 
 
Students wishing to gain entry to higher education at the end of this Diploma should conduct some preliminary research on the entry requirements as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment. Each learner is responsible for researching the entry criteria and ensuring they meet the requirements. learndirect is not able to accept responsibility if anyone completing an Access to HE Diploma fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.
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Assessment

The Access to HE Diploma (Midwifery) will comprise a number of units. At the end of each module you will have an assignment to complete. With the help of your tutor you will gain essential feedback and grades to help you progress through the course.

The assignments consist of various academic tasks and will prepare you for your next step to higher education, while providing the number of credits necessary to achieve your qualification. To successfully achieve this Access to HE Diploma you will need 60 credits in total. 45 credits are taken from graded units which are focused on the academic subject areas included in the course. The remaining 15 credits are from ungraded units included to help improve your academic writing and study skills.

As part of your programme you will also receive help as well as guidance with your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma.

 

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Qualifications

Open College Network West Midlands

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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 (Midwifery) (QAA ref: (40006669).This course has also 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.

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Developing your career

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma and the way it is delivered within our innovative learning platform is designed to give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of studying at university. Undergraduate degrees confirm to any employer your intellect, motivation and ability to work independently to succeed not just in your area of specialism but also life itself.

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