Access to HE Diploma (Nursing and Midwifery)
Learners must be 19 years or older upon starting the course.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course but to ensure the course is right for you at this time when you apply you will be invited to an Access to HE applicant event at the Stevenage campus where you will hear more about the course and complete two 15-minute diagnostics in maths and English. Following this, you will be sent some tasks to complete in your own time, and you will be invited to complete an informal (phone) interview.
University including courses in science and health such as nursing (child, adult or mental health), operating departmental practice or midwifery
Paid employment in the sector
This course will give you an excellent grounding in the knowledge and skills you need for a career in nursing and midwifery.
It covers health psychology, medical sociology and human biology. Following successful completion of the course, you will be able to apply for entry into a variety of nursing and midwifery degree courses.
Perfect for people interested in: career development; changing field; further education; getting back into study
If you are over 23, you may not have to pay anything upfront. An Advanced Learner Loan may be available to you. If you complete the course and your degree, the loan for Access may be wiped. Find out if you are eligible here.
This course is assessed through written and verbal assignments, practical tests, and exams. You will study Application of Number and the wider skills required for university (in our HE Skills sessions), as well as three specialist subjects:
Heath psychology introduces you to the scientific study of behaviour. After an introduction to psychology, you will look at the methods and ethics of research and psychological approaches. You will explore topics such as mental illness and psychological principles used in the management of health concerns and social and intellectual development
Medical Sociology will introduce you to important social issues relating to healthcare in the UK. The units cover a range of topics including models of health, the history and structure of the NHS, the sociology of health and illness, health inequalities, values and ethics in healthcare.
Human biology introduces you to the complexity of life processes. You will explore cells, human reproduction, the basic structure and function of different body systems, mechanisms involved in nutrition and digestion and infection control
In addition to these specialist subjects, you will study how to promote your own and others’ well-being and build resilience. This will help you cope with the demands of the course and your future career.
In the final weeks of the course, you will complete a piece of research on a topic of your choice related to the healthcare profession.