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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery)

The NHS is currently experiencing a shortage of almost 2,500 midwives; and when each midwife delivers on average 33 babies a year, that’s a big gap that needs filling!

Enrolling on an Access to HE Diploma (Midwifery) is the best way to get to university to study Midwifery and go on to become a qualified Midwife, if you currently lack the formal qualifications to do so. Widely accepted as an alternative to A-levels, Access to Higher Education Diplomas are the best way for anybody to access midwifery study.

This Access to HE Diploma (Midwifery) is available to study fully online which means you can enrol at any time of the year and begin your studying straight away. You will also get constant access to a dedicated distance learning tutor who will guide you through your study materials and prepare you for your assessments.

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100% online learning and assessment

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100% online learning and assessment

Self-paced study

Enrol today for
just £9.99

97% learner success rate

24/7 access to online learning

You will learn all you need to know about bringing a new life into the world, along with the social skills needed to prepare and assist future parents and carers. You will study post-partum care and how to navigate the health care system for the benefit of expectant parents. You will learn about the biology of cells, human reproduction, digestion, disease prevention and genetic variation and you will discover the history of the NHS and the importance of the role of the midwife in antenatal care.

Alongside the intricacies of midwifery, your online study materials will also prepare you to study at a distance by helping you organise and plan your time. You will also learn about academic writing skills and how to prepare an assignment. Alongside this, you will have constant access to an online distance learning tutor to ensure your success in the programme.

Unit 1: Preparing to study

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand how study is organised and planned
  • Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning
  • Understand a range of constraints upon study
  • Understand the importance of assessment feedback

Unit 2: Academic writing skills 

On completion of this module you will:

  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task
  • Know how to interpret and discuss concepts and debates in responding to a set, academic writing task
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas
  • Understand the role of reference, allusion and paraphrase to avoid plagiarism

Unit 3: Preparing a written assignment   

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand how to use key information sources
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced
  • Understand a range of reading strategies
  • Understand note-making methods
  • Understand how to plan draft and produce a written assignment

Unit 4: Independent research 

On completion of this module you will:

  • Be able to plan a piece of research on an approved subject area
  • Be able to collect research material from different sources
  • Be able to use data to substantiate an argument
  • Be able to record sources of information
  • Be able to present research findings

Unit 5: Progressing to Higher Education

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand potential next steps in education
  • Understand key sources of information relevant to HE application
  • Understand personal HE opportunities
  • Understand the financial implications of further study
  • Know how to apply for a course

Unit 6: Human Nutrition & the digestive system  

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the structure and functions of the organs of the digestive system
  • Understand nutrients and their sources
  • Understand how diet may influence health

Unit 7: Human reproduction, growth & development

On completion of this module you will:

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

Unit 8: The human musculo-skeletal system

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand anatomical terminology
  • Understand the skeletal system and locomotion
  • Understand the muscular system

Unit 9: Cell biology  

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the cell
  • Understand cellular metabolism
  • Understand how cells grow and divide

Unit 10: Equality and diversity within health care   

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand equality and diversity within health care
  • Understand the rights of the individual in a health care setting
  • Understand the impact of equality and diversity legislation for health care

Unit 11: The roles and responsibilities of health care professionals  

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the changes to the roles and responsibilities of health care professionals
  • Understand the role of professional bodies for health care professionals
  • Understand the current multidisciplinary approach to health care
  • Understand the influence of health care professionals on health care policy

Unit 12: Inequalities in health & illness

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the importance of social, economic and environmental changes on the nature of morbidity and mortality in the UK
  • Understand inequalities in health and illness

Unit 13: Approaches to health   

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand how definitions of health and ill health are socially constructed
  • Understand different explanatory models of health and ill health
  • Understand the different ways in which people respond to illness
  • Understand contrasting sociological perspectives on health

Unit 14: Contemporary health issues   

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the ethical considerations for health care professionals
  • Understand current contemporary health care issues
  • Understand the rationale for health care resource allocation

Unit 15: Introduction to psychology   

On completion of this module you will:

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

Unit 16: The brain & nervous system   

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the major sub divisions of the nervous system
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons

Unit 17: Abnormal psychology

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the difficulties faced by psychologists in the definition and diagnosis of abnormal behaviour
  • Understand a psychological disorder
  • Understand therapy used to treat people with psychological disorders

Unit 18: Introduction to cognitive psychology   

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand research in an area of cognitive psychology
  • Understand how the findings of research into cognitive processes can be applied to real-life issues

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary they have a GCSE Grade A-C in maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2 or new GCSE Grade 4-9) with a desire to continue a related degree at university.

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to HE courses have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each university has their own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Number of credits to be attained at merit or distinction level.
  2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the University.
  3. Passing a Universities proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.
  5. Learners starting an Access to Higher Education Diploma must have a GCSE Grade A – C in maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills).

Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their diploma is properly specified and gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. It is not possible for learndirect to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma students fail to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

The Access to HE Diploma (Midwifery) will comprise a number of units. At the end of each module you will have an assignment to complete. With the help of your tutor you will gain essential feedback and marks to help you progress through the course.

The assignments consist of various academic tasks and will prepare you for your next step in higher education, while providing the number of credits necessary to complete the course. To successfully achieve this Access to HE Diploma you will need 60 credits, which are divided as follows: 45 credits from graded units for academic subject content and 15 credits through ungraded units, intended to help you develop your study skills. As part of your programme you will also receive help as well as guidance with your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is 360 hrs.

Open College Network West Midlands

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 (Midwifery) (QAA ref: (40006669).This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There is a huge range of benefits to studying via distance education:


We believe distance education is all about convenience and flexibility. You can plan your study around your work or lifestyle commitments, so you’re only studying at times convenient for you.

Plus, you can improve your education without having to attend classes at a physical location. What’s more, with learndirect, you can study when and where you like without the stress of deadlines or time limits and complete your course at your own pace.


We don’t have the same level of high overhead costs (e.g. classrooms and large campuses) as traditional schools, colleges or universities, so we’re able to pass on these savings to you by reducing our course fees.


We offer over 650 home study courses for you to choose from, with an unrivalled selection of quality distance education courses accredited by some of the most respected awarding bodies in the UK.


You have access to a dedicated tutor who is an experienced professional in their field of study. Your tutor is totally committed to helping you succeed and is on hand to answer any questions you may have, no matter how big or small.

All of your course material is available 24/7, 365 days per year through our world-class learning platform you choose when and where you study!

Yes, all of our courses will come with a certificate once you have completed your training. This certificate will have your name on it, and the title of the training you have completed.

Each course is different, and each has its own time frame, but all of our courses are flexible so you can study in a way the fits you. All of our courses come with an Individual Learner Plan, this will help guide you and keep you on track for success.

Yes, built into your account is a messaging service, where you can send messages between you and your tutor, you can ask questions or talk about your work. You can also message other helpful contacts, like our Student Support Team.

All of our qualifications have different awarding bodies, and depending on the subject, they will meet different criteria depending on the level of the qualification and its content.

We typically use the OFQUAL register to help us benchmark our courses and ensure the education you receive is up to the relevant industry standards. If you would like to check a specific qualification, please contact one of our helpful advisers by calling 01202 006 464.

We have several options including 0% payment options, and options with very small deposits. Each course has different options, if you would like to discuss these options or a quote for a course, you can reach a member of the team by calling 01202 006 464.

Yes, if you are thinking of going to study a degree with a University here in the UK, an Access to Higher education Diploma is a fantastic way to prepare. We will not only help you complete your Diploma, but we can support you on your way to university with Academic References and even our very helpful UCAS handbook.

If you make a mistake or get something wrong, there is no need to worry. Many of our courses allow you to retake units that may not have gone to plan. You will receive full support and guidance from your tutor before reworking a unit and submitting again, and you can do this without any additional cost.

You will receive 60 credits in total, this is made up of 15 level 3 credits, and 45 level 4 credits. Credits can be subject specific to help evidence your learning on the course to a university you are approaching.

As soon as you submit a piece of work your tutor is notified. This allows us to identify that you have work which requires their attention. While your tutor is marking your work you can move on to the next unit or section of your course so there are never any delays in your learning. Typically, with most of our courses, marking work takes less than 5 days depending on the size of the submitted item.

No, the price agreed when you start your course is all you pay. We ensure there are no hidden or additional unnecessary fees for your education.

Many of our courses include one or more of the following hands on aspects to enhance the online learning you will receive.

Many of our RQF courses include a placement, these placements are fantastic opportunities for you to secure a work experience placement in a relevant industry and get real on the job experience while you learn. For example many of our Teaching Assistant courses give you an opportunity to approach and work within a local school.

Time in our state of the art academy's for certain subjects, for example our Foot Health Practitioner courses run multiple hands on class based options in our bespoke learning environments.

Further to this some of our courses include practical kits for you to use while you study and even keep after the course! For example many of our Nail Technician courses include an extensive kit included with the course at no additional charge.

Unlike traditional schools, colleges or universities there are no terms, semesters, or specified intake dates for our uniquely flexible distance education courses. Our system of continuous enrolment means that our students can enrol on any day and at any time of the year. This allows our students the freedom to plan their studies to fit in with their lifestyle or work commitments.

You can enrol easily and quickly by clicking on the ‘Enrol Now’ button on your preferred course’s page on our website. Simply complete the secure online registration form and we will do the rest. If you’d prefer to call us to enrol, please call 01202 006 464.

Our world-class learning platform is easy to use and presented in a simple to understand format. Once you’ve logged on you’ll be able to see your course, your content and how to complete your assignments. Everything you need is available through your personal learner portal.