Access to HE: Nursing and Midwifery Level 3 Diploma
Whether you want to be a nurse, a midwife or a health visitor, this programme will give you the skills and knowledge you need to take your first steps.
The Access to Higher Diploma is a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification designed to prepare adults to study higher education. Each diploma is designed to help students who have been out of education for some time achieve the qualifications they need to attend University.
The aim of the Access to HE programme is not just to instil an understanding of the sector but also to introduce you to the world of academia. Emphasis is placed on reading, researching, note taking, and writing for academia, particularly using appropriate resources and referencing using the Harvard referencing system.
All courses run one day a week, are modular and delivered through a combination of taught sessions, lectures, research and independent study. Delivery is operated using a blended learning approach where the majority of your learning takes place in our University Centre with some units delivered online via Microsoft Teams.
Nursing and midwifery are both highly rewarding careers where you can make a real difference in the lives of others. As a nurse or midwife, you will provide care and support to patients during some of the most important times in their lives.
You will also have the chance to network with other professionals in the field, and learn from their experience.
With small class sizes and plenty of opportunities for one-to-one support, you can be sure you'll get the best possible start to your new career or higher education study.
You will study 15 units delivered under three core subject areas:
- Social Issues in Healthcare
Two of your units will include:
Study Techniques Writing for Academic Purposes
The course is intensive, but it's also very rewarding. You'll make great progress in a short space of time and you'll be supported every step of the way by our experienced and qualified tutors.
Students must be 19+ and have GCSE Maths and English at grade 4/C and above. To participate in this programme you will need a suitable computer and/or device with sufficient internet access. Specific requirements and information on the support available to borrow or purchase equipment can be discussed at interview.
Previous experience and skills in the Health Care sector is desirable.
Ascentis Access to HE Diploma (Nursing and Midwifery)
Once you have completed an Access to HE Diploma (Nursing and Midwifery), you will have a variety of progression options available to you. Most people progress to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSc) or a Bachelor of Nursing (BN) degree programme at university.
A registered nurse degree apprenticeship (RNDA) offers a flexible route to becoming a nurse that doesn't require full-time study at university. You will need to secure a position as an RNDA and your employer will release you to study at university part time.
The first step to becoming a midwife is to take a degree level programme approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). This may be a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree or midwifery degree apprenticeship.
Some students may choose to enter the workforce and become a nursing apprentice, where they will work under the supervision of a qualified nurse while completing their training or start working in healthcare industries in different capacities such as care home assistants, nursing aids etc.
You will be assessed through a combination of assignments and controlled assessments set by the awarding body, Ascentis. All units are marked against the assessment criteria for the units and then awarded a pass, merit or distinction. Assignments are set on our online learning environment and will have an agreed submission date.
You will be expected to complete a minimum of seven hours per week self study and additional reading/assignment work.
Preferably you will be employed in the health care sector, although this is not a prerequisite in itself.
Fees and Additional Costs
The tuition fees for this programme are £ 3,384.00. Funding for the programme fee can be obtained through the Advanced Learner Loan. You will need to have been a permanent resident in the United Kingdom to qualify for this loan. An additional payment of £15.00 is required for the College subscription fund.
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16 - 18 year olds
In most cases, students aged 16-18 on a full-time study programme (including T Levels) will not be required to pay fees, and the College will fund most course-specific equipment and materials. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 College Subscription.
19 years and over
Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. Our Fees, Funding and Financial Support page has details on financial support, fee remissions and loans. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you before enrolment.
Where course fees are fully funded (for example Maths, English and Essential Digital Skills), the course is free of charge to students, subject to eligibility.
Skills Bootcamps are fully funded and free of charge to learners. Employers who want to use Skills Bootcamps to train their existing employees contribute to the cost of training. See the Fees and Additional Costs for more information.