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Health Care (Midwifery) Access to Higher Education Diploma at Blackburn College

Course description

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) provides excellent preparation for people who wish to study Midwifery at University level and to qualify as a Midwife. This course is especially designed for mature students who do not currently have the necessary academic qualifications to apply for University level study. Interview Preparation: In order to prepare for your interview for Access to Health Care Professions (Midwifery), it is recommended that you thoroughly research the role of a midwife and the training programme you will be expected to complete. As competition for places on Midwifery is extremely high, it is essential that you have relevant work experience before applying to university.

Course content

You will study on this programme for 12 hours per week, completing three subjects at Level 3 (the equivalent of A-levels). In addition you will attend a tutorial session where your study skills will be developed and you will receive excellent preparation for University level study with our 'Study Skills' module. The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a modular course which involves you studying a combination of units. All units are compulsory and must be completed by all students who wish to achieve this award. 

You will study the following subjects at Level 3:

  • Biology Level 3
  • Psychology Level 3
  • Further Biology Level 3

All students on the Diploma will then complete the following mandatory units in a weekly tutorial:

  • Study Skills Level 3
  • Further Study Skills Level 3

Entry requirements

As this is a demanding A-level equivalent programme, you should have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade B or above including English, Mathematics and Science. If you do not have the relevant qualifications we will refer you to our Adult GCSE Programme.

You must have relevant work experience for this course. The following are examples of the work we regard as suitable to demonstrate your aptitude for a career in Midwifery:

  • HCA roles in Maternity, Ante or Post-Natal, Birthing Centres, Baby Clinics
  • Voluntary work in any of the above

Not classed as suitable work experience:

  • Other HCA / Care Assistant roles
  • Nursery nursing (unless you also have experience of care work with adults)
  • Being a birthing partner
  • Your own experience of giving birth


You'll be assessed by examinations and essays throughout the course. Successfully gaining a place on a Midwifery degree involves:

  • Having excellent attendance on your Access Diploma
  • Completing all work to a very high standard (Midwifery degrees will usually expect Distinctions in all your work)
  • Having some relevant work experience to ensure you have detailed knowledge of the day-to-day role of a Midwife.

Future opportunities

This programme is designed to prepare you for study at Degree level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blackburn College directly.

Last updated date: 12 February 2016
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