Access to Higher Education: Midwifery (Taunton)

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2019
  • Duration
    1 year
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
  • Cost
  • Centre Location
  • Who is this course for?

    This very popular course is for you if you are interested in returning to education with the aim of training to be a midwife but lack confidence because you may not have appropriate qualifications. The Access to HE course is designed to meet your needs by helping you to gain new skills and qualifications. You can use the qualification to gain a place at university or to enhance your career prospects.

  • Course Description

    You choose a diploma and academic subjects suitable for your career aspiration. All our Access Diplomas are made up of three Level 3 units with graded Academic Subject Content (ASC) and other Level 2 or ungraded Level 3 Academic Preparation Skills units (APS) which offer generic, introductory or personal development skills.

    On the Midwifery Diploma you can therefore choose three from the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology or Sociology. You will also study core components such as Study Skills and ICT.

  • Teaching and Assessment

    You will produce a portfolio of work over the year, you gain credits for the assignments you do and you accumulate credits towards the diploma. There are exams in some subjects.

    The course runs from September until June. The precise days and times you will need to attend College will depend on the combination of subjects you decide to study. This will be explained to you and discussed in detail prior to an offer of a place being made.

    The course requires you to be in College for 2-3 days per week over 30 weeks. In addition, self-study hours are necessary to complete the programme.

    Placements / Work Placements

    Students are advised to organise their own work experience after consultation with universities.

  • Progression Opportunities

    You will receive help and advice with the selection of university and college courses available to you, and with your application and interview procedures and we will help you make decisions about your progression routes.

    There are a variety of Midwifery Degree programmes at universities around the country, including University of Plymouth and Bournemouth University. Alternatively you could progress onto HE qualifications here at University Centre Somerset:


  • Career Progression

    The Access to HE Diploma can lead to careers as a Midwife, Maternity Support Worker or Health Visitor.

    Please note: most university courses require GCSE Maths and/or English. There is the opportunity to study both alongside your Access programme if you need to.

  • Entry Requirements

    The motivation and willingness to learn!

    There are no formal qualifications required for entry but you will undergo an initial assessment and interview to ensure you are on the right course for your skill level.

    This course is for students aged 19 and over.