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  • Accreditation by Open College Network West Midlands
  • 100% online learning
  • 18 units
  • 600 notional learning hours

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery)

This Course at a Glance 

  • 100% online learning 
  • Qualification is equivalent to 3 A levels 
  • Crucial midwifery knowledge 
  • Stepping stone towards degree-level study 
  • Flexible payment options 
  • Nationally recognised qualification 

About Your Diploma 

A midwife is arguably one of the most important people during an expectant mother’s pregnancy journey. They are the first point of call for support and professional advice, helping the individual make informed decisions over the course of the pregnancy. A midwife is not only expected to have healthcare knowledge, but they require strong interpersonal skills and the ability to put a mother’s mind at ease. 

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) provides you with comprehensive foundation knowledge of midwifery that will put you in a strong position to study at degree level. The course is a stepping stone towards a potential career in which you will be helping many mothers throughout their pregnancies, as well as the birthing process. 

The roles and responsibilities of a midwife are varied, with predominant focus being on providing care, support, and healthcare advice to expectant mothers. If you become a qualified midwife, you will also assist with postnatal care in which you will help the mother learn how to feed and care for their newborn. 

As part of the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery), you will learn key principles of various factors, including nutrition, as well as the psychological impact of pregnancy and giving birth. The course is ideal for individuals who are keen to return to education but don’t have the A Levels required to earn a place at university. 

Getting Started 

Learning through Stonebridge Associated Colleges gives you the freedom to study at your own pace. With the course being taught online, you can tailor your study schedule around your existing commitments. Whether you have young children to look after or work full-time, you can study at a time that fits into your schedule. 

As soon as you enrol, you will have access to all of the course materials you need to complete the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery). Rather than spend all day, every day in a classroom, you can learn from the comfort of your own home. Plus, you will be able to contact your tutor and our dedicated Access Support Team. 

Every learner is given an Individual Learning Plan that outlines submission deadlines for assignments, helping you keep on track. You have two years to complete an Access to Higher Education Diploma, but on average, students take around 9-12 months.  

Qualification: Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40012530). This course has been assigned 60 credits

Requirements for Entry

Most universities will not accept a student who does not have GCSEs in English and Maths that are graded C/4 and above. You are eligible for the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) if you are currently studying towards achieving these grades. Alternatively, you can study the equivalent of GSCEs via Functional Skills courses, providing that your chosen universities will accept these as equivalent to GCSEs. 

Each university sets its own entry requirements, so before you apply, you should check the prerequisites for your chosen university. For example, as well as GCSEs in Maths and English, they may also request the following: 

  • Certain number of credits passed at merit or distinction  
  • Face-to-face interview 
  • Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments 
  • Completion of a work placement or work experience 

Please note that it is each learner’s responsibility to research the entry requirements for their chosen university. Stonebridge Associated Colleges is not responsible if learners fail to secure an offer from a higher education institution upon completion of an Access to HE Diploma. 

*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

 

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

 

Unit 1: Academic Writing Skills 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Have the skills to write an academic task 
  • Understand how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues through an academic writing 
  • Understand to summarise in an academic context by selecting key points, ideas and information 

Unit 2: Preparing a Written Assignment 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Know how to correctly use sources 
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced 
  • Be aware of various reading strategies 
  • Understand a range of note-taking methods 
  • Understand how to plan, draft and create a written assignment 

Unit 3: Health and Wellbeing  

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Understand the relationship between resilience and mental wellbeing 
  • Know how to manage the expression of emotions and feelings  
  • Understand how mental wellbeing can be supported and managed 

Unit 4: Cell Biology  

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Understand the structure and organisation of cells, including stem cells 
  • Have knowledge about cellular metabolism 
  • Be aware of how cells grow and divide 

Unit 5: The History of the National Health Service 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Understand how the National Health Service came to be and its founding principles 
  • Understand how political reforms have shaped the National Health Service 

Unit 6: Human Reproduction, Growth & Development 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Understand the structure and function of the human reproductive system 
  • Know how hormones regulate the reproductive system throughout life 
  • Understand the sequence of events from conception to childbirth 

Unit 7: The Roles & Responsibilities of the Midwife 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the midwife 
  • Know how the Nursing and Midwifery Council operate 
  • Understand the multidisciplinary approach to healthcare 

Unit 8: Human Nutrition & The Digestive System  

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Understand the structure and functions of organs in the digestive system. 
  • Know about nutrients and their sources 
  • Be aware of what consists of a healthy diet and the consequences of an unhealthy diet 

Unit 9: Introduction to Psychology  

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Understand the importance of research in psychology 
  • Know the main approaches taken in psychology 
  • Understand ethical issues in psychological research 

Unit 10: The Human Muscular and Skeletal System 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Know the anatomy, organisation and function of the muscular system 
  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the skeletal system 
  • Be aware of how the muscular system and skeletal system interact in locomotion  

Unit 11: Social Factors in Health and Social Care 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Know the sociological factors influencing the relationships between patients and health professionals 
  • Understand the role of social motivational factors in health and ill health 
  • Be aware of how significant social support networks are in healthcare and maintenance  

Unit 12: The Human Endocrine & Nervous System 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the nervous system 
  • Understand how the endocrine system co-ordinates body functions 
  • Know about the role of the nervous and endocrine systems homeostasis 

Unit 13: Mental Health and Illness 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Understand the difficulties in defining normality and abnormality 
  • Be aware of what a psychological disorder is 
  • Know what treatments are used to treat people with psychological disorders 

Unit 14: Cell Metabolism (health) 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Understand the metabolic pathways of anaerobic and aerobic respiration 
  • Understand the biochemical structure and the role of adenosine triphosphate in the cell 
  • Be aware of the role of enzymes in cell metabolism 

Unit 15: Understanding Poverty 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Know the definitions of poverty 
  • Understand ways of measuring poverty 
  • Understand the extent of poverty in contemporary Britain 
  • Know how poverty is explained 

Unit 16: Cell Division and Heredity (Health) 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Know how to demonstrate a knowledge of cell division 
  • Understand heredity 
  • Understand mutation and variation 

Unit 17: Human Immunity 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Understand non-specific defences against disease 
  • Know what specific immunity is 
  • Be aware of the biology of vaccination 

Unit 18: Equality and Diversity within Healthcare 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Know about equality and diversity within healthcare 
  • Understand the rights of the individual in a healthcare setting 
  • Understand the impact of equality and diversity legislation for healthcare 

Unit 19: Human Disease & Prevention  

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Know the categories and causes of disease by using infectious disease to illustrate your answer 
  • Understand the epidemiology of commonly occurring diseases/conditions

At the end of each unit, you will have an assignment to complete. After submitting your assignment, you will receive feedback from your tutor, giving you guidance and advice that will help you progress through to the next unit. 

To achieve the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery), you will need a total of 60 credits, with 45 coming from graded units containing academic knowledge. The remaining 15 will come from ungraded units, such as study skills. 

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £96.00).
OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
83%
(National Average 77.1%)

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery)

This Course at a Glance 

  • 100% online learning 
  • Qualification is equivalent to 3 A levels 
  • Crucial midwifery knowledge 
  • Stepping stone towards degree-level study 
  • Flexible payment options 
  • Nationally recognised qualification 

About Your Diploma 

A midwife is arguably one of the most important people during an expectant mother’s pregnancy journey. They are the first point of call for support and professional advice, helping the individual make informed decisions over the course of the pregnancy. A midwife is not only expected to have healthcare knowledge, but they require strong interpersonal skills and the ability to put a mother’s mind at ease. 

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) provides you with comprehensive foundation knowledge of midwifery that will put you in a strong position to study at degree level. The course is a stepping stone towards a potential career in which you will be helping many mothers throughout their pregnancies, as well as the birthing process. 

The roles and responsibilities of a midwife are varied, with predominant focus being on providing care, support, and healthcare advice to expectant mothers. If you become a qualified midwife, you will also assist with postnatal care in which you will help the mother learn how to feed and care for their newborn. 

As part of the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery), you will learn key principles of various factors, including nutrition, as well as the psychological impact of pregnancy and giving birth. The course is ideal for individuals who are keen to return to education but don’t have the A Levels required to earn a place at university. 

Getting Started 

Learning through Stonebridge Associated Colleges gives you the freedom to study at your own pace. With the course being taught online, you can tailor your study schedule around your existing commitments. Whether you have young children to look after or work full-time, you can study at a time that fits into your schedule. 

As soon as you enrol, you will have access to all of the course materials you need to complete the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery). Rather than spend all day, every day in a classroom, you can learn from the comfort of your own home. Plus, you will be able to contact your tutor and our dedicated Access Support Team. 

Every learner is given an Individual Learning Plan that outlines submission deadlines for assignments, helping you keep on track. You have two years to complete an Access to Higher Education Diploma, but on average, students take around 9-12 months.  

Access to Higher Education Diplomas
OUR PASS RATE
(National Average 77.1%)
83%

Qualification: Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40012530). This course has been assigned 60 credits

Requirements for Entry

Most universities will not accept a student who does not have GCSEs in English and Maths that are graded C/4 and above. You are eligible for the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) if you are currently studying towards achieving these grades. Alternatively, you can study the equivalent of GSCEs via Functional Skills courses, providing that your chosen universities will accept these as equivalent to GCSEs. 

Each university sets its own entry requirements, so before you apply, you should check the prerequisites for your chosen university. For example, as well as GCSEs in Maths and English, they may also request the following: 

  • Certain number of credits passed at merit or distinction  
  • Face-to-face interview 
  • Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments 
  • Completion of a work placement or work experience 

Please note that it is each learner’s responsibility to research the entry requirements for their chosen university. Stonebridge Associated Colleges is not responsible if learners fail to secure an offer from a higher education institution upon completion of an Access to HE Diploma. 

*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

 

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

 

Unit 1: Academic Writing Skills 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Have the skills to write an academic task 
  • Understand how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues through an academic writing 
  • Understand to summarise in an academic context by selecting key points, ideas and information 

Unit 2: Preparing a Written Assignment 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Know how to correctly use sources 
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced 
  • Be aware of various reading strategies 
  • Understand a range of note-taking methods 
  • Understand how to plan, draft and create a written assignment 

Unit 3: Health and Wellbeing  

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Understand the relationship between resilience and mental wellbeing 
  • Know how to manage the expression of emotions and feelings  
  • Understand how mental wellbeing can be supported and managed 

Unit 4: Cell Biology  

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Understand the structure and organisation of cells, including stem cells 
  • Have knowledge about cellular metabolism 
  • Be aware of how cells grow and divide 

Unit 5: The History of the National Health Service 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Understand how the National Health Service came to be and its founding principles 
  • Understand how political reforms have shaped the National Health Service 

Unit 6: Human Reproduction, Growth & Development 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Understand the structure and function of the human reproductive system 
  • Know how hormones regulate the reproductive system throughout life 
  • Understand the sequence of events from conception to childbirth 

Unit 7: The Roles & Responsibilities of the Midwife 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the midwife 
  • Know how the Nursing and Midwifery Council operate 
  • Understand the multidisciplinary approach to healthcare 

Unit 8: Human Nutrition & The Digestive System  

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Understand the structure and functions of organs in the digestive system. 
  • Know about nutrients and their sources 
  • Be aware of what consists of a healthy diet and the consequences of an unhealthy diet 

Unit 9: Introduction to Psychology  

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Understand the importance of research in psychology 
  • Know the main approaches taken in psychology 
  • Understand ethical issues in psychological research 

Unit 10: The Human Muscular and Skeletal System 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Know the anatomy, organisation and function of the muscular system 
  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the skeletal system 
  • Be aware of how the muscular system and skeletal system interact in locomotion  

Unit 11: Social Factors in Health and Social Care 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Know the sociological factors influencing the relationships between patients and health professionals 
  • Understand the role of social motivational factors in health and ill health 
  • Be aware of how significant social support networks are in healthcare and maintenance  

Unit 12: The Human Endocrine & Nervous System 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the nervous system 
  • Understand how the endocrine system co-ordinates body functions 
  • Know about the role of the nervous and endocrine systems homeostasis 

Unit 13: Mental Health and Illness 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Understand the difficulties in defining normality and abnormality 
  • Be aware of what a psychological disorder is 
  • Know what treatments are used to treat people with psychological disorders 

Unit 14: Cell Metabolism (health) 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Understand the metabolic pathways of anaerobic and aerobic respiration 
  • Understand the biochemical structure and the role of adenosine triphosphate in the cell 
  • Be aware of the role of enzymes in cell metabolism 

Unit 15: Understanding Poverty 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Know the definitions of poverty 
  • Understand ways of measuring poverty 
  • Understand the extent of poverty in contemporary Britain 
  • Know how poverty is explained 

Unit 16: Cell Division and Heredity (Health) 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Know how to demonstrate a knowledge of cell division 
  • Understand heredity 
  • Understand mutation and variation 

Unit 17: Human Immunity 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Understand non-specific defences against disease 
  • Know what specific immunity is 
  • Be aware of the biology of vaccination 

Unit 18: Equality and Diversity within Healthcare 

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Know about equality and diversity within healthcare 
  • Understand the rights of the individual in a healthcare setting 
  • Understand the impact of equality and diversity legislation for healthcare 

Unit 19: Human Disease & Prevention  

On completion of this unit, you will: 

  • Know the categories and causes of disease by using infectious disease to illustrate your answer 
  • Understand the epidemiology of commonly occurring diseases/conditions

At the end of each unit, you will have an assignment to complete. After submitting your assignment, you will receive feedback from your tutor, giving you guidance and advice that will help you progress through to the next unit. 

To achieve the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery), you will need a total of 60 credits, with 45 coming from graded units containing academic knowledge. The remaining 15 will come from ungraded units, such as study skills. 

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £96.00).
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