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Midwifery Access to Higher Education at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a Level 3 qualification which prepare students to study at degree level. If you would like to go to university but left school without the qualifications you need, then an Access to HE Midwifery course could be for you.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) is a Level 3 qualification which prepares people to study for a Midwifery or Health related degree in the future.

It is designed for: 

  •  adults seeking a change of direction because of unemployment or lack of career 

The Diplomas are validated and awarded by OCN London and are recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

Learners offered a place on the Access programme will take Subject Specific Modules alongside Academic Study Skills with an additional tutorial each week making a total of 12 hours contact time. A possible 15 hours independent study time per week may be necessary. The programme is fast moving, exciting and demanding with rigorous assessment. It is also highly rewarding and offers a great opportunity to succeed.

When applying for an Access course you are entitled to apply for a Government Loan to cover the cost, this will be written off if you proceed to a Degree programme.

Course content

The qualification has a credit value of 60 credits. It is a Level 3 qualification, although some units within it may be set at Level 2.


You will study; 

  • 15 Credits in Academic Study Skills 
  • 24 Credits in Human Biology 
  • 21 Credits in Midwifery Studies 

Midwifery Studies 
In addition to The Mandatory Unit The Role of The Health or Social Care Professional other Midwifery Units  may include;

  • Health Promotion and Health Education 
  • Health Psychology 
  • The Role of the Midwife in Antenatal Care 
  • The Role of the Midwife during Labour and Birth
  • Postnatal Care of the Mother 
  • Early Socialisation and Attachment 

Human Biology may include; 

  • Genes and Inheritance
  • The Blood
  • Health and Disease 
  • The Reproductive System 
  • The Cardiovascular System
  • The Respiratory System 
  • Biological Control 
  • Nutrition Digestion and Excretion 

Academic Study Skills may include; 

  • Reading and Comprehension of Texts 
  • Report Writing
  • Writing Standard English 
  • Finding and Reading Information
  • Essay Writing 
  • Preparing for the Professional Skills Tests - Literacy and Numeracy Skill Development 

Module options are changed annually and some options may not be available.

Entry requirements

An interview, plus confirmation of English and Maths grades, followed by enrolment directly onto the Diploma.


Other qualfications, level not known



  • GCSEs grade C in Maths and English, or equivalent.
  • A willingness to study towards a GCSE in Science if not achieved on entry 
  • Demonstrable knowledge and interest in Health Care and Midwifery 



Qualification(s) to be gained: Access to Higher Education QAA recognised Diploma.
Length of course/Programme: 1 Year
Days/Hours of Attendance: Days to be confirmed -12  contact hours per week

English and maths qualifications are vitally important for future employers and universities, so the government has made it a priority for students to improve these skills.

Entry Level / Level 1 and Level 2: We’re here to help you on your journey, so if you do not achieve grade A*-C in GCSE English and/or maths, then you will study English and/or maths as part of your college course.

Students who achieve a D grade will be placed on the relevant GCSE programme, while students who achieve an E or below will be assessed to ensure they are placed on the right study programme for their ability.

Level 3 programmes: You will need to meet the course entry requirements specified on the course information above. For the majority of our Level 3 courses, students will need grade A*-C in GCSE English and/or maths. If this is not specified in the course entry requirement, then you may be able to study English and/or maths as part of your college course.


Method(s) Of Study: Taught classes and supported independent study. 

Method Of Assessment: Various assignments which may include essay, presentations, research projects, seen papers and examinations.

Future opportunities

Career Opportunities: Degree level courses in Midwifery or alternative Health Related Courses followed by careers in the Health Sector   

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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