Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery)

learndirect Careers
United Kingdom
Online Course
22 Nov 2020
22 Dec 2020
Contract Type

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Course overview

Midwifery is a unique profession, perfect for those with a natural passion for women’s health and a desire to care for others. While the role is one that involves a significant level of responsibility, practising midwives are rewarded with a sense of purpose and gratification that few other roles produce.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Midwifery) is a fully remote course, allowing aspiring midwives the opportunity to learn everything they will need in order to be able to successfully bring new life into the world, including the social skills required to support expectant parents and carers.

Some of the topics covered in this course include post-partum care, the wider healthcare system and the history of the NHS. Students will also explore the roles and responsibilities involved in being a midwife at every stage of the pregnancy, in addition to learning about other key topics such as cell biology, human reproduction and the influence of heredity.

Apart from learning about midwifery itself, students will also learn key skills such as time management, prioritisation and academic writing.

Duration study load

Most students complete their Diploma within 9-12 months, but you can take up to 2 years, fitting your studies around other commitments.

Entry requirements

If you wish to start your Access to Higher Education Diploma right now, you should hold a GCSE in maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. It is a common requirement for entry to most universities and degrees. However, you can also have a relevant NVQ at level 2 if you wish to study a related degree at university.

Course features

  • Support expectant mothers throughout pregnancy
  • Monitor the health of mother and baby
  • Deliver babies in Midwife lead maternity units
  • Provide aftercare following the birth
  • Learn the key elements of Midwifery
  • Prepare for your university degree
  • Develop study and essay writing skills

Who's it for?

Being a Midwife is an intense job. It can mean long hours and call outs to someone’s home at 3 am.

But you will also have the immense privilege of helping expectant parents bring their child safely into the world.

If you have a desire to help people with the pregnancy, caring for them throughout and providing aftercare too, then this could be the role for you.


All your study materials will be accessible 24/7, 365 days a year on our world-class online learning platform. This gives you the ability to learn wherever and whenever you want – on your terms, around your other commitments. You’ll be provided with an Individual Learning Plan to ensure your studies are on track and that key milestones and deadlines are met.

Add on our industry-leading career support for a whole year and your dream career is closer than you think! Get one-to-one help with your CV from our team of expert careers advisers and make sure you are interview ready! We’ll also help you with your UCAS application, provide you with a letter of recommendation and help you prepare for any University interviews you may be required to attend!


Core Units

  • Preparing to Study
  • Academic Writing Skills
  • Preparing a Written Assignment
  • Cell Biology
  • The History of the National Health Service
  • Human Reproduction, Growth and Development

And more!

Job outcomes

  • Midwife


Recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)


  • Midwifery Degree

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About learndirect Careers

We believe that everyone should get a career they love and the education they need. That is why we support students, just like you, to develop industry-ready skills in a variety of fields. We will support you on your journey to becoming qualified and into a career you love.

Why choose learndirect Careers?

As the biggest training provider in the UK, we offer industry-leading courses and exceptional support. You can be confident that your course will help you achieve your goals. And that there will be expert help there should you need it. All of our courses are accredited and delivered on our world-class learning platform, making your studying straight forward and stress-free.

Career skills to support your employment

We offer tailored courses to ensure you are fully prepared for your new career. Included in your study package are the main Regulated Qualification and 3 additional short courses. These accreditations can be added to your CV to enhance your employability. With a 12-month guided advice plan from our Career Skills & Student Support Team, you will become increasingly employable while you develop your industry expertise.

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