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This course is a primarily for those students who wish to pursue a career in midwifery. It also provides preparation for entry to a degree or higher diploma course in health care including Nursing and other related health care professions.

Course details

Four modules are studied, these are:

  • Human Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Health Studies
    • In addition a research project will be undertaken chosen from one of the subject areas.
    • Credits are awarded for the Access course modules. To achieve the Access Diploma, you must gain all 60 credits, including a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3. There are 20 units worth 3 credits each; 6 units of Biology, 4 of Psychology, 3 of Health Studies, 3 Sociology and 4 development units. 15 units are graded, while 5 must be passed but are not graded.
    • The Access to HE Diploma is awarded by
Entry guidelines

Pre Access Health including GCSE maths, English and science at grade 4/C or Pre Access Science including GCSE maths and English at grade 4/C above or 5 GCSE's which must include maths, English and science at grade 4/C or above.

Relevant work experience in either Health or Social Care sector.

Proof of existing qualifications is required before a place can be offered.

Applicants will be selected for interview based on written task and application form. Factors considered during the interview include academic potential, motivation, relevant experience, and organisational and communication skills.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Assessment Method

Assessments are continuous with examinations, reports, essays, tests, assignments and presentations.

Additional Information

You will need to demonstrate that you can study successfully at a level equivalent to A-Level and have good English and number skills. It is preferable that you have some IT skills, but you will be given an opportunity to acquire these. In addition to lesson time, you will be expected to complete about 16 hours of independent study per week.

You should be aware that to meet the entry requirements for specific courses at University, you may need particular qualifications in addition to the Access qualification.

For example, some courses require GCSE Maths, English and Science at grade B or above and relevant work experience. You are advised to check the entry requirements for your intended degree course as soon as possible.

When you attend your Access interview, you will be given the opportunity to discuss how any additional requirements could be met.

Useful websites: Individual university websites, UCAS - NHS -

Where can I progress to?

Degree or higher diploma course in health related subjects, such as nursing, midwifery and other related health care professions. Obtaining the Access to HE Diploma in Midwifery does not guarantee entry into any HE course.

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For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).

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