Access to Nursing & Midwifery

Dates and Times

Our next courses are as follows:

  • Daytime - Wednesdays from the 14th of September
  • Evening - Tuesday & Wednesday Evening from the 13th of September

Is your dream to be a midwife or a nurse? Do you want to study from the comfort from your own home? Fulfil your dream of becoming a nurse or a midwife by joining other mature learners on our 9-month Access course from the comfort of your own home. Whether you are a returner to work, a returner to education or just want a whole new career change, we have a fantastic course where you can develop your study skills and become fully prepared to progress to university. Choose to study 2 evenings or one day per week, online, with our fantastic team of trainers. Meet the team, take a look at the exciting units you will study in the Unit Structure tab.

International Learners

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Why choose us?

  • We truly believe our team is fantastic, they have the best qualifications and have great experience in a range of disciplines relating to health including Paediatrics, Biology and Midwifery.
  • All of our lessons are live online via Teams.
  • We are offering a distinctive pathway for midwifery to maximise the opportunity for those of you who want to apply for competitive university places.
  • One of our trainers runs the superbly informative Black Midwives Network on social media.
  • Our course includes 6 hours of Cultural Competence training from a specialist trainer working with Exeter University.
  • We offer evening or weekday sessions to meet the needs of those who work or have families and are studying in their free time to change careers.

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Maths and English

All universities require Maths and English GCSE at Grade C/4 or Functional skills level 2. We require you to have at least one of these and can support you to find a suitable course to gain the other alongside the Access course. Some universities accept 'equivalency testing' for those who don't have the necessary Maths and English qualifications - read more here.

It's important for you to research your chosen universities before joining our course.

Search their website for the course entry requirements:

  • Do they ask for Functional Skills or only GCSEs?
  • Do they require science GCSE - a few of them do.
  • Do they accept Access courses - almost all of them do.
  • Do they ask for a specific number of Science/Biology credits? We have 15 solid Science/Biology credits plus other units that have been accepted as Biology. It's important that you check with your chosen universities and to help, we have prepared a list of our units with learning outcomes for both pathways. Share this when checking with admissions teams here & here.


You will need access to the internet, a tablet, laptop or computer. A mobile phone is not suitable.


You will need to allow for up to 16 hours per week for studying, 6 taught hours and up to 10 hours of protected self-study time.

Previous Experience

Previous experience of working or volunteering in health or care is an advantage but don’t worry, the great thing about access courses is they enable people to change their career.

How to Apply

If you have Maths or English Level 2 and would like to join our course, please click here and complete the enquiry form.

If you need help with Maths, English or Computer skills, click here.
To download the learning outcomes and credit information for other Nursing pathways, click here.

To download the learning outcomes and credit information for the Midwifery pathway, click here.

Midwifery Pathway

Other Nursing pathways

Promoting Wellbeing and Building Resilience Promoting Wellbeing and Building Resilience
Academic Writing Skills Academic Writing Skills
Care Principles Care Principles
Drug Calculations Drug Calculations
Human Body Systems: Circulation and Gaseous Exchange Circulation, Immunity and Homeostasis
Circulation, Immunity and Homeostasis Female Genital Mutilation
Human Anatomy and Physiology Human Anatomy and Physiology
Human Reproduction and Health-Related Issues Human Reproduction and Health-Related Issues
Introduction to Health and Disease Introduction to Health and Disease
Introduction to healthcare Introduction to healthcare
The Role of the Midwife During Labour and Birth Human Body Systems- Circulation and Gaseous Exchange
Preparation for Higher Education Preparation for Higher Education
Professional Interpersonal Skills Professional Interpersonal Skills
Antenatal Care and the Role of the Midwife Promoting Health
Research Skills for Health and Care Research Skills for Health and Care
Safeguarding Safeguarding
Study Skills Study Skills

Academic Writing Skills

The academic writing skills unit is designed to develop and sharpen your academic and professional writing skills. We will focus on the skills and strategies you can use to ensure that your writing is appropriate for academia. Researching for essays and reports can be daunting, so this unit focuses on techniques you can use to prioritise key points from a range of sources. From this, you will then look at how detailed essay plans can support you in your writing and the format your essay should take. Other key skills that are addressed are drafts and proofreading, structure and tone of the essay and appropriate referencing. Together, this unit gives you all of the tools needed to support you throughout your academic career.

Antenatal Care and The Role of The Midwife

This unit explores the role of the midwife in relation to other health professionals. How the midwife can guide and support pregnant women to make safe and healthy lifestyle choices to avoid harm to the unborn foetus.

Care Principles

Anyone who works in the health and social care sector must ensure that they fully understand what is required of them from a legal and ethical perspective. This unit looks at professional codes of conduct and how they apply to health and social care roles, with particular emphasis on nursing. We look at confidentiality, maintaining confidentiality and the situations in which this is not possible. Understanding and promoting anti-discriminatory practice is a legal requirement for health and social care professionals. This unit looks at how this can be done, along with supporting the individual rights of a service user and understanding the importance of personal beliefs and identity.

Drug Calculations and Health – Related Charts

This unit deals with some of the basic numerical and mathematical skills associated with Drug Calculations and Health-related Charts. It highlights the need for attention to detail when allocating units of measurement to recorded data, and when completing observations on charts. Allocating wrong units of measurement to a number can lead to major problems, since errors such as the misinterpretation of units of measurement or the use of incorrect units of measurement can make a difference of a factor of 1000 in many dosages. Likewise, the incorrect recording of numerical data can make a significant difference in determining the well-being and treatment of a patient or service user. You will gain an understanding of how drug dosages and intravenous infusion rates are calculated, and how the calculations relate to a variety of specific information concerning the human body and physiology, such as age, weight and body surface area. Again, these calculations require careful attention to the accuracy of the units of measurement in which quantities are measured in.

You will also gain an understanding of health-related charts, such as the National Early Warning Score (NEWS2) chart, and fluid balance charts, including their purpose, how they should be completed and interpreted once completed. The accurate recording of clinical data is key to keeping service users well cared for and safe, and how the data which the charts contain significantly contribute to diagnosis and treatment. Record kept in all aspects of healthcare are legal documents; this means that individuals who work for health-related organisations are responsible for what they record and write. All documentation and data must therefore be recorded accurately. Working in a health-related setting is a team effort and can be stressful and pressurised. Working in this sort of atmosphere can lead to mistakes and, therefore, all documentation and data should be completed with care and accuracy if service users are to remain safe and colleagues are to make effective use of the information for the benefit of those in their care. Finally, the unit explores the implications and consequences of errors in recording information.

Female Genital Mutilation

This unit explores the 4 types of Female Genital Mutilation, the law and prevalence in the UK. You will study the multi-agency approaches to FGM and gain an understanding of mandatory reporting procedures.

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Our body is made up of eleven integrated systems, and each system has its own major function. In this unit you are going to learn about six of these systems: circulatory, digestive, skeletal, reproductive, respiratory, and the excretory system. All these systems are made up of organs, and the organs consist of tissues which are made up of cells. In addition to learning about the anatomy (the structure and parts of the system), you will be focusing on the physiology of each of these parts (how they work together to carry out the main function of the system). There will be opportunity to learn not only the gross structure but also the structure of the organs at cellular or microscopic level. You will also be carrying out an experiment to investigate how enzymes of the digestive system work.

First, here is a brief look at what each system does:

  • Circulatory system: movement of substances within the body.
  • Digestive system: breakdown of food into simpler molecules that can be used by the body for energy.
  • Skeletal system: protects the internal organs and supports movement.
  • Reproductive system: produces offspring.
  • Respiratory system: intake of oxygen as well as removal of carbon dioxide.
  • Excretory system: removal of metabolic waste.

Human Reproduction and Health Related Issues

In this unit you will get the opportunity to learn about the male and female reproductive systems. The process of production of male and female gametes will be looked at along with the biological significance of mitosis and meiosis in sexual reproduction. This will be followed by an in-depth look at the processes of fertilisation, implantation and pregnancy, and the stages in childbirth. Having built an understanding of how reproduction takes place in humans, issues related to sexual health will be studied. These will include contraceptive practices, some common sexually transmitted diseases and reproductive technology.

Diagrams and illustrations are included to support learning, and several links to useful videos are included at the end of each subtopic to support development of understanding and application of knowledge gained.

Introduction to Healthcare

Healthcare has changed significantly over the years. This unit is designed to give an overview of three significant areas of health care, including; how we define health, how British healthcare has evolved, and how this impacts the role of health and social care professionals.

Defining health is something which is a great topic of debate and there are many theoretical perspectives regarding the subject. This unit discusses the three most prominent models of healthcare, and how they define what impacts a person's health.

There have been many influential changes to healthcare in Britain, arguably the most significant being the establishment of the NHS. In this unit, we discuss the background leading up to the NHS being established, and how the NHS has evolved over the years to meet the needs of an ever-changing industry and population.

Finally, we look at the role of health and social care professionals and how this can impact a service user. We discuss the balance of power and how this can affect service users, as well as looking at the ways in which healthcare professionals are able to support and maintain dignity in their practice.

Preparation for Higher Education

To get the most out of your Access to HE Diploma you need to have an idea of what you are aiming for. Once you have this you can start to tailor your research, write bespoke applications, and prepare for any potential interviews. This unit helps you begin this process if you have not done so already.

Professional Interpersonal Skills

This unit explores a range of interpersonal skills, both verbal and non-verbal taking into account cultural diversity. It will enable you to identify your own strengths and areas to develop.

Promoting Health

Health education and promotion is something which is extremely important in supporting individuals to live healthier lifestyles. This unit looks at different models of health education and promotion, and how support can be delivered to service users. We then look at the different settings in which health education can take place, and apply this to the role of two healthcare professionals; a dental health nurse and a nutritionist. Finally, we look at health education and promotion in the mass media and how this can encourage people to live healthier lifestyles.

Promoting Wellbeing and Building Resilience

Learning how to identify the possible cognitive, emotional, physical and behavioural signs and symptoms of abnormal stress/pressure and how to manage them safely. Exploring the concept of mental wellbeing and factors that help and negatively affect it. Better understand resilience and ways to build your own and that of others.

Research Skills for Health and Care

This unit provides students with the opportunity to choose, plan and carry out their own research project on a topic or issue relevant to the subject field of their diploma.

The project enables students to develop and hone their academic research skills, preparing them well for study in higher education. This includes developing and learning a wide range of key academic skills, including an understanding of research methods, analysis and evaluation, critical thinking skills, ethics, time management, report writing, referencing and self-evaluation.

The unit is designed to provide opportunities for the student to engage with research in an area of special interest to them – and to give an insight into some of the key aspects of what higher level study will involve.

Safeguarding Children, Young People and-or Vulnerable Adults

Safeguarding is a critical element for anyone working with children, young people or vulnerable adults to ensure that they are protected from abuse or neglect. It is essential that anyone in these roles understands what safeguarding is and how abuse or neglect can be prevented. Unfortunately, not all cases can be prevented so it is crucial that health and social care professionals are able to recognise abuse and know what their responsibility is with regard to reporting this and supporting their service users.

This unit sets out to define what safeguarding is, how this applies to children, young people and vulnerable adults, and the impact this has on health and social care professionals. We identify the signs of abuse and how this abuse can impact the victim in question. Finally, we look at the legislation that supports safeguarding and the other agencies involved in the prevention of abuse and the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Study Skills

The development of study skills is at the heart of every Access to Higher Education course. It is these skills that enable you to thrive in higher education, placing you on an equal footing with students who have followed A-level or other routes.

This three-credit unit contains the key study skills common to all Access to HE programmes. A number of the criteria have been explored in depth elsewhere to form units in their own right. For example, Access to HE students can study whole units on being a reflective learner, writing reports, and references and the reliability of sources. But in this small unit, you have an invaluable treasury of skills which will set you up for your higher education studies.

You will learn how to balance your work, family and other commitments with the demands of study and how to produce a study plan, manage your deadlines and organise your work.

You will learn what to expect in a class or tutorial and how to participate effectively. When you receive your first assignment titles you will have learned to analyse what is required and the best approach to responding to the task.

You will learn that we are highly individual in our learning styles and preferences, and you will be able to use common tools to analyse your own style.

Finally, you will learn how best to extract information from written sources, and how to give credit to the sources you have used – and your own research efforts in locating them.

The Role of the Midwife During Labour and Birth

This unit explores the interesting and various environments for labour and birth. You will learn about the role of the Midwife through every stage of the labour and birth process and how the Midwife assists the new parent/s immediately following the birth.

There are three options available for funding:

  • If you live in England, the course is fully funded with an Advanced Learner Loan which is written off in full when you achieve your degree. More information here.
  • If you live in other countries, they have different funding schemes available:

    Northern Ireland: please apply here.
    Wales, please apply here.
    Scotland, please apply here.
    The Isle of Man, please apply here.

  • If you are self-funding your course, we can offer a discount on the full price of £3380 and an instalment plan. Please ask for more details.

University Funding

Student Finance England. How you are assessed and paid 2022 – 2023. Click here for more information.

Careers Service

Mediprospects operates a MATRIX accredited (Since 2012) Information, Advice and Guidance Service which is available to everyone who visits the Centre without any costs. Our Careers Advisers are trained to find out about your future aspirations and map out how you can get there. If you are unsure about your next steps in learning, work or career, our Advisers can help you make decisions that are best for you. Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) service can help you to:

  • Find out what you are skilled at
  • Decide about your career
  • Find work
  • Find learning opportunities
  • Build confidence
  • Prepare CV
  • Get ready for job interviews
  • Apply for University places
  • And much more

You can also find out about your career options by visiting this website: National Careers Service.

Donna Simmonds MA(Ed) - Team Leader

Donna has a background in paediatric nursing and 30 years of experience in teaching further and higher education, including 7 years as an Ofsted Inspector for Further Education and Skills.

Joy Palmer Registered Midwife (RM) MSc Contemporary Health and Social Policy

Joy has been a practising midwife for over 25 years in both hospitals and the community, she has experience as a Ward Manager/Senior Midwife and as a Pharmacy Dispensary Manager in busy London hospitals. She is also very experienced at teaching and mentoring student nurses and midwives and teaching in further and higher education.

Sarah Kenny BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences

Sarah has over 12 years of experience teaching and quality assuring Biological Sciences in further and higher education. She is experienced at teaching English as a foreign language and speaks 4 languages. She is a member of Mensa and a member of the Royal Society of Biology.

Lisa Ross BSc (Hons) Sports Rehabilitation

Lisa has many years of experience as a Rehabilitation Therapist and over 10 years of experience teaching Health and Social Care in both secondary and further education. She is also an experienced examiner for OCR and Edexcel.

Dean Harvey

Dean joins the team to deliver Cultural Competence, his specialisms include Race Equality and Cultural Capability, Hate Crime and Hate Incident Awareness, Impacts of racism on mental health, Equality, Diversity and Human Rights

1. Are there any entry requirements for the access course?

You will need English and Maths at Level 2 to enter university to study Nursing or Midwifery. To join our course, you will need either Maths or English GCSE C/4 or functional skills level 2.

2. Do I need experience in Health or Care work?

You don’t have to have formal health or care experience – have you cared for a family member or a friend – it all counts.

3. Can I get funding to cover the whole cost of the Access course?

If you live in England, you may be entitled to a non-means-tested Student Loan which is written off fully once you achieve your degree. Read more about it loan.

4. Can I get full funding for the Nursing or Midwifery degree and how do I pay it back?

Funding for Nursing or Midwifery Degrees are for tuition and maintenance. Read more here.

5. When does the course begin?

Our next courses start week beginning 12th September. Tuesday & Wednesday evenings 6.30 - 9.30 or Wednesday daytime 9.15 to 3.45.

6. If I can’t begin the Access course in September, when does the next course begin?

February 2023.

7. How long does the course last?

Approximately 9 months.

8. How will the course be assessed? Are there any exams?

There is a range of different assessments to prepare you for study at HE, reports, essays, tests, mini-presentations, written questions & answers and posters.

9. Do I need to have good computer skills?

Digital support will be given but you will need to have a basic understanding of using a computer or tablet. Ask us about our Digital Skills course here.

10. Will I get help to apply for university?

Absolutely, we will take you through the whole process. We are a registered UCAS Centre and will submit your application along with a reference from us, electronically.

11. Will I have to travel to lessons?

No, all of our lessons are delivered live online by our team of trainers.

12. Can I apply to the course if I need additional support with my studies?

Yes, of course. We will discuss your needs with you and where possible, put a support plan in place.

13. How long is the Access course valid for?

We say 5 years as universities usually ask for you to have had recent study or within 5 years.

14. Is there an age limit on studying for a Nursing or Midwifery degree?

Not in the UK, but you can check with your chosen university to be sure.

15. What will I study in the Access course?

A great range of interesting units, click here to take a quick look.

16. How long does a Nursing or Midwifery degree take to complete?

Usually 3 years full-time and 4 years part-time.

17. Will I get support with learning difficulties such as Dyslexia at university?

Absolutely, read more here.

18. How much can I earn as a Nurse or a Midwife?

Nursing, click here.
Midwifery, click here.

19. Is it true that Midwifery places are hard to find in the UK?

There aren’t as many places for Midwifery as there are for Nursing, this is why we have a pathway for Midwifery on our course giving you the opportunity to study additional Midwifery units to make your application stronger.

20. Can I apply for jobs with an Access Diploma if I don’t go to university?

Yes, of course, it's a Level 3 Qualification and equivalent to 3 A Levels.

21. Is the course recognised by UK universities?

The majority of universities accept Access to HE courses, there are very few that don't. We are registered with the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

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