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Access to Higher Education: Nursing and Midwifery

Study mode Full Time
Level 3
Duration 36 weeks
Subject Health & Social Care
Suitable for Adult (19+)
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Are you aged over 19? Do you have an interest in studying nursing and/or midwifery?

If you want to go to university to study nursing and midwifery or a related subject at degree level but don’t have the qualifications you need, this course will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge that are required for Higher Education.

This course is a level 3 course and is equivalent to three A-levels.

Course content

On this course, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of nursing and midwifery. You will study a range of relevant subjects, including biochemistry in the human body, mental health and illness, sociology of health, health psychology, the role of nurses and midwives, drug calculations and health-related charts.

In addition to this, you will develop the skills that are required for success in higher education. You will also receive advice and guidance while completing your UCAS application to study at university.

You will be continually assessed throughout the year using a variety of assessment methods.

Curriculum units

  • Antenatal care and the role of the midwife
  • Basic human physiology
  • Biochemistry in the human body
  • Drug calculations and health-related charts
  • Fundamental concepts and scientific method in biology
  • Health psychology
  • Health illness and social structure
  • Introduction to biology
  • Mathematics for science
  • Mental health and illness
  • Preparation for HE
  • Research: extended writing project for science
  • Safeguarding
  • Sociology of health
  • The role of nurses and midwives

Qualifications on completion

  • Access to HE Diploma (Nursing with Midwifery)

Entry requirements

You must be at least 19 years old at the beginning of the course and hold a minimum of level 2 qualifications in both English and Mathematics.

However, if you have already achieved a level 2 qualification in one of these subjects, you will have the option to gain a level 2 qualification in GCSE or Functional Skills English or Maths where applicable.


The majority of students that successfully complete the course will progress on to a university degree programme, with a focus on nursing or midwifery or a related field. Other options include progression to a Foundation Degree.

The main focus of Access programmes is to prepare learners to study at university. However, some may decide to go into employment.

On completion of your course, you will receive a profile of credits that will reflect your suitability for your chosen degree programme.

Fees and funding

If you are aged 19+, how much you pay for your course and any additional costs will depend on a number of factors. Learn more about course fees and finances.

We have a range of financial support options available to help you while you’re studying. Find out what support you may be eligible for.

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Course code SC010015
Start date 4 Sep 2023
Location Stratford Campus
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