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Access to Higher Education Diploma - (Midwifery) Distance Learning

Level 3 Course Summary

Everyday midwives perform the extraordinary job of bringing new life into the world. They regularly develop meaningful relationships with expectant mothers and fathers and provide comfort and reassurance to people when they need it most. If this sounds like something you could do then this diploma could be the perfect option for you.

If you dream of becoming a midwife, the Access to HE Diploma (Midwifery) will equip you with all the knowledge you need to apply for a course at degree level. Whilst preparing learners for the challenges of academia, this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) will also help students build a foundation of knowledge in everything from human reproduction to the skeletal system.

Life is unpredictable, and circumstances change, which is why you may not want to wait until September to enrol on an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery). If you want to study you can start right away, or at another time that is convenient for you. The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) has been specifically designed to suit people who have been out of the formal education system for a while. Because there are no classes to attend, individuals with family and work commitments can still fulfil their career ambitions by fitting their studies around their schedule. On average student take between 8-9 months to finish their diploma (with the maximum time allowed to complete your diploma being 2 years).


Once you have completed your diploma, you will be able to apply for a university course. After successfully completing your university degree, you will be able to start working as a fully qualified midwife.

A practicing midwife has plenty of opportunities available to them. These include:

  • Working for the NHS

  • Working in private practice

  • Working overseas

  • Transferring into a different area of healthcare

Entry requirements

  • You must be 19 years old

  • You must have a Level 2 in Maths and English

  • Have access to IT and WIFI

  • Distance Learning isn’t for everyone. If we feel that this mode of study may not be quite right for you, we will help you to find the one that is.

Course content

Unit No.Unit Title
1Preparing for Success
2Preparing to Study
3Academic Writing Skills
4Preparing a Written Assignment
5Cell Biology - ungraded
6The History of the National Health Service
7Human Reproduction, Growth & Development
8The Role of the Midwife in Antenatal Care
9Introduction to Psychology
10Human Nutrition & the Digestive System
11The Role of the Midwife in Intrapartum Care
12Social Factors in Health and Social Care
13The Human Muscular and skeletal systems
14The Role of the Midwife in Postnatal Care
15Human Immunity
16Approaches to Health
17Cell Division and Heredity (health)
18The Brain and Nervous System (psychology)
19Study Skills Portfolio Building
20Human Disease & Prevention

Timings and Assessments

  • Approximately 8 - 12 months.

  • Start anytime

  • The Access to HE Diploma is a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification, which is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). In order to pass the qualification, all assignments should be completed and returned to one of our tutors. Once a tutor has given you a grade and supplied you with useful feedback, you are free to move on to your next piece of work and so on. Once you have all of your marks, New College will have all the evidence needed to award you with qualification credits. In order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma you must achieve 60 credits in total. Of these credits, 45 are taken from graded units which focus on academic subject content. The other 15 credits are drawn from a number of ungraded units which are included to help you to improve your academic study skills.

Costs and Resources

  • £3,380

  • You may wish to access the Advanced Learner Loan where the Government cover the course fees, only repayable when you’re earning over £26,575. Please follow this link:


  • For further career guidance, the National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. This service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers. https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx


Due to the high level of applications we are receiving at the moment, it may take longer than normal to respond to your enquiry or application. Please bear with us and we will contact you as soon as we possibly can.

For further information about this course please contact a member of the Fast Forward Team on 01793 732892 or email: info@fastforward.newcollege.ac.uk

  • Duration: 8-12 months
  • Venue: QD
  • Fee: £3,380
  • Course Code: BC8907
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