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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) Ref. 400/1253/0

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) Ref. 400/1253/0

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The first major step to becoming a midwife is to take a degree level programme approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). Entry is competitive so our Access the Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) provides that opportunity to gain a much needed qualification at Level 3 to start that process.

We will provide you with a range of professional and technical skills; in general terms this includes empathy, organisation and time management, the ability to conduct research, problem solving and adaptability. You also develop the ability to assess, analyse, monitor and evaluate the care Midwives deliver.
Our course includes a variety of units related to Biological Science, Health Studies, Psychology and Sociology.

This Online Midwifery Course at a Glance

  • 100% online learning for adults
  • Flexible - learn in your own time around work and family
  • Flexible payments - interest-free monthly payments over 1 year 
  • One-to-one tutor support at mutually convenient times
  • Go to university without A Levels
  • Gain crucial knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence
  • Assessed through end-of-unit assignments 
  • Equivalent level to those of other level 3 qualifications, such as A Levels
  • Complete in 1 year or less

Education Provider: Cambridge Online Education - established 2002

Accredted by: Open College Network West Midlands

Regulated by: Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)


    Course Outline

    The Access to HE Diploma is a full Level 3 qualification designed to prepare learners without traditional qualifications for entry into Higher Education (HE). The Diploma provides opportunity for learners to acquire and develop knowledge and skills needed to progress to higher education study and also enables learners to develop social and emotional skills such as communication and confidence.



    To achieve the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) Ref. 400/1253/0 learners must achieve:

    • 45 credits which must be graded, academic subject content at Level 3 only.
    • 15 credits which must be either at Level 2 or Level 3 ungraded (U).

    The following are the Unit titles for this Diploma:

    • The Roles and Responsibilities of the Midwife
    • Cell Biology
    • DNA, Protein Synthesis & Cell Division
    • Human Disease & Prevention
    • Ethical issues in Contemporary Healthcare
    • Sociology of the Family
    • Health Promotion
    • Inequalities in Health & Illness
    • The History of the National Health Service
    • The Structure & Organisation of the Health and Social Care Sectors
    • Human Reproduction, Growth & Development
    • Respiration & Circulation
    • Gene Technology
    • Human Nutrition & the Digestive System
    • Technical Skills for Writing (U)
    • The Investigative Process, Principles & Practical Skills (U)
    • Research Project (U)
    • Study Techniques (U)

    Enrolment Requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements for students applying for the Cambridge Online Education Access to H.E. Diplomas. Tutors are nevertheless, required to ensure that learners admitted onto the Diploma possess the necessary skills and personal qualities to cope with the demands of the course.


    All Access to HE Diplomas require the achievement of 60 credits. 45 of the 60 credits must be graded at Level 3 (pass, merit or distinction). Such credits will arise from the Academic Subject Content Modules. The remaining 15 credits are ungraded and can be achieved at either Level 2 or Level 3. Students may only be registered against units with a maximum combined total credit value of 60. In terms of the length of time required for a learner to complete their diploma, for all Access to HE Diplomas the notional learning hours are 600. Notional learning hours comprise all learning that may be relevant to the achievement of the learning outcomes including directed and private study, practical and project work, assignments and assessment time. The assessment methods used for each unit of your course will be detailed in the Programme Handbook. Your tutor will provide you with formative feedback and provisional grades. Your grades will be then evaluated by the Examination Board. Final grades will be released to students after the External Moderation Visit.


    On successful completion of the course, you will receive a QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) at level 3 QAA ref: 400/1253/0 awarded by the Open College Network West Midlands.

    Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications. Cambridge Online Education is a fully accredited education provider for this qualification


    After completing the Access to Higher Education Nursing, you can then continue your education or seek employment in the following fields:

    • Adult nurse
    • Children's nurse
    • Health play specialist
    • Health visitor
    • High intensity therapist
    • Learning disability nurse
    • Mental health nurse
    • Paramedic
    • Physician associate
    • Counsellor
    • Further education teacher
    • Genetic counsellor
    • Health service manager
    • Higher education lecturer
    • Medicinal chemist
    • Play therapist
    • Police officer
    • Social worker
    As different universities have different entry requirements, you are strongly advised to check these requirements with your chosen tertiary education provider. You can contact our career advisers for further guidance and support in that matter.

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    Meet your expert friendly tutor

    Kat's Story - Former Access Student

    With a 2 year old in tow returning to study was going to be a challenge, and I'm not going to lie, it was one of the toughest things I've ever done. But 6 years qualified and being a midwife is the best decision I ever made. The access course alongside full time work and said 2 year old certainly gave me the resilience I would need to be a midwife. The joy of the access course was that it was broken down into smaller chunks and a challenging but manageable step back into education, studying along people with the same goals and desires as you. Changing career, going back to college is scary, but I'd recommend it to anyone. I wanted to make a difference and that I do