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Access to Higher Education – Nursing and Midwifery

Qualification Gained
ASCENTIS Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery
Study Level
Access to Higher Education, Adult, Level 3
1 year Full-time
Start Date
Study Mode


The one year Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery is designed for students over the age of 19 to progress to degrees in Nursing and Midwifery. As this course contains core Biology and Health studies modules, you can also progress to a wide range of related degrees including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and many more. If this area is of interest please also refer to the Access to HE Allied Health Professions.

This course is available as either in person study or online study.


  Key Info

In addition to the skills gained in Biology and Healthcare Practice, you will also develop skills in independent research, critical thinking and evaluative skills, study skills, interview skills and interpersonal skills.

All the Units within the Access courses are compulsory. Credits are awarded to you when you have successfully completed a Unit. All courses contain Units of Academic Preparation Skills. You will also undertake modules specifically to support your vocational area of study and research projects.

Your learning materials will be accessed online, in units, at set times throughout the course. You will work through your materials as advised. You will have access to your tutors on-line. You will be supported through individual and group tutorials within a virtual classroom space.

  • Academic Writing Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Study Techniques
  • Introduction to Cell Biology
  • Research Project (Biology)
  • Macromolecules and Key Biological Principles
  • Aspects of Human Physiology
  • Infectious Disease, Biological and Drug Defences
  • Introduction to Social Issues in Health and Social Care
  • Research Project (Social Issues)
  • Health and Social Care Provision
  • Mental  Health and Wellbeing
  • Sociological Issues Impacting on Health Needs
  • Effective communication in Health and Social Work

Entry to this course requires GCSE English, Maths and Science at a grade 4 or C.

It is your responsibility to check that your Mathematics and English Language qualifications are accepted for the Higher Education Institution (HEI) course you wish to eventually apply for.

You will need to be able to show commitment for at least 20 hours of time per week to this course for studying the course materials. You will also need to commit 8-10 hours of personal study each week for assignment and research work.

You are at least 19 years old on 1st September (18 year olds will be accepted by exception / interview).

Induction for this course will begin the week commencing the 19th of September, before beginning on the week commencing the 26th September.

You will have both formative and summative assessments for each unit. Formative assessments will be continuous and check your learning and understanding. These will include quizzes, online practice assessments and self-marked, reflective work.

Summative assessments will be assessed through a range of assessment methods for example, reports; essays; presentations.

Successful completion of this course can lead to progression to further education or employment in the Health industry in a role related to Nursing and Midwifery. You will develop the necessary skills to progress onto Higher Education. We will introduce you to the UCAS system and provide tutorial sessions for university applications.


Course fees are £3485, these fees can be self-funded or you can apply for an Adult Learner Loan to help to fund your studies.


Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service ay any time.



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