Access to HE: Midwifery Level 3 Diploma

Course overview

An Access course is for mature students (19+) who have been out of full-time education for one or more years and would like to go on to higher education but do not have the formal qualifications needed.

On the Access to HE Midwifery pathway you will learn about a range of health-related issues such as health promotion and acute and chronic illnesses.

You will also research cultural and environmental influences on health.

You will gain an understanding of the historical context of health and develop this by using psychological, sociological and biological perspectives.

Funding available:

19+ Advanced Learner Loan: If you are aged19 or over, and you want to study an Access to Higher Education programme, you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your tuition fees.

Student Finance England will write off any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE programme, if you go on to complete a higher education/university level course. This means you do not have to repay it. If you don’t go on to study a higher education/university level course, you won’t need to start paying back the loan until you earn over £25,725 per year. Contact us for more details.

Level 3 Entitlement fee remission: If you are aged 19–23 and this will be your first eligible, full Level 3 course, then you may be able to do this course for free.

You will gain knowledge on a range of health-related issues and research cultural and environmental influences on health. In addition to an understanding of human biology and psychology you will also gain a deeper understanding of ethical issues within healthcare. A life saving programme forms part of the course and looks at subjects such as health and safety at work. There will also be the opportunity to gain GCSE maths and English as part of your programme.

As well as developing subject knowledge, you will improve your communication, personal analytical and study skills through a common core programme that provides one-to-one tutorial support.

There is a wide range of support available at the college for students, including financial support. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will agree performance targets with you and support you to achieve these targets. Your tutor is also the first port of call for any pastoral issues.

Our committed team of staff and careers specialists will also guide and support you with your higher education choices and applications. Almost all our Access students progress to higher education. You will benefit from socialising in an educational environment and working collaboratively on projects. All of this is excellent preparation for higher education.

Teaching will take the form of lectures, discussions, group work and self-directed learning. Credits are gained for a variety of tasks such as quizzes, case studies, essays, reports, presentations and timed assessments.

If you do not already have relevant work experience, you will be encouraged and expected to seek a voluntary placement to gain relevant workplace experience to support your higher education application.

Assessment on the Access to HE Business Professions programme is via a combination of exams (approximately 30%) and coursework (approximately 70%).

Assessments are a mixture of:

  • essays
  • structured questions
  • projects
  • presentations
  • examinations

Applicants must be over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year.

No specific qualifications are asked for, however a GCSE grade 4 (C) in English or maths would be beneficial.

You will have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3.

If you are successful at your initial assessment, you will also be invited in for an interview where you will need to bring with you a portfolio of your work to date, demonstrate that you have a realistic career goal in mind and the motivation to achieve.

Some degrees require that you have some relevant paid or voluntary work experience and this will also be checked at interview. Applicants are strongly advised to check degree entry requirements with prospective universities before applying.

There is a wide range of support available at the college for students, including financial support.

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