Access to HE Diploma (Midwifery)

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Why study this course?

An Access course is a nationally recognised alternative to A Levels and GCSEs for entry to British Universities and Colleges of Higher Education. The course offers excellent preparation for studying at a higher level and can increase your chances of future success.

At Halesowen College our Access programme is specifically linked to Birmingham City University, Newman University and Wolverhampton University. This diploma is accredited by AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group, which is recognised nationally, leaving you free to apply to the University of your choice. Even if you were to decide against progressing to higher education, we believe that you would find the course to be of great personal benefit

The Health Diploma Access to HE (Midwifery Diploma course is extremely useful.) We have had learners progress into a range of university courses, for example:

  • BSc (Hons) | Midwifery
  • BSc (Hons) | Public Health

Course content

Midwifery is a profession that encompasses the care of women during pregnancy, labour, and the postpartum period, as well as care of the new-born.  It includes measures aimed at preventing health problems in pregnancy, the detection of abnormal conditions, the obtaining of medical assistance when necessary, and the implementation of emergency measures in the absence of medical help.

An access to midwifery course therefore aims to introduce you to health theory and practice which allows you to gain an understanding of midwifery as you make the careful selection of your future career. During the course you will have opportunities to explore a range of topics around Midwifery. The range of units selected for study take into consideration current university entry requirements, interview processes as well as the Regulatory Bodies (Royal College of Midwifery/Nursing and Midwifery Council) focus on care within the care professions.

What will I study on the course?

  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Registered Midwife
  • Communication in Health care
  • Mental Health and Illness
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Placement
  • Health Promotion
  • Human Disease and Prevention
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Anatomy
  • Human Nutrition and Digestion

Entry requirements

You require a GCSE grade C/ 4 in English Language or an equivalent qualification, such as L2 Functional Skills English. It is desirable to have GCSE grade C/ 4 in Maths or an equivalent qualification, such as L2 Functional Skills Maths as well. If not, you can study this alongside your Access Diploma, as you will need it for your degree.

*Please note some universities also require L2 or GCSE in a Science


You will need access to notebooks and stationery.

Day, time and duration

Tuesday (Microsoft Teams ) 9am – 2.40pm

Wednesday (Shenstone House ) 9.30am-2.30pm

Friday (Shenstone House ) 9.30am-3pm

Start date

September 2024


If this is your first full level 3 course and you are aged 19 – 23 years, this course may be free

An Advanced Learner Loan is available for this course

If applying for an Advanced Learning Loan we will need evidence of application before enrolment can be completed, we can also support you to make this application

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