You'll study midwifery, physiology, study skills, social psychology, sociology, English, and maths. Many approaches to learning are used including individual and small/large group work. Academic and tutorial support is given throughout the course. Health and social care courses like this open up a huge range of career options to you. If you're an international student, please note that many UK universities will not accept you for a midwifery degree if you are here on a visa or have not been a resident for more than three years. You will also need to have paid or voluntary experience within health and social care.

Midwifery/nursing related units:

  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Biology/Physiology
  • Maths
  • English
  • IT
  • Study Skills


No material fees required.


Assessments take place throughout the course with essays, assignments, presentations, tests and exams. To gain the Access Diploma you'll need to achieve 60 credits with a minimum of 45 at Level 3.

Entry Requirements

Most universities ask for GCSE English and maths grade A*-C/9-4. In order to move on, some units will need to have English and maths plus science.

If you're missing one of these GCSEs at the required grade:

You will need to sit an assessment and depending on your results, you could study a GCSE course or a Level 2 Functional Skills course alongside Access. This option is intensive so you'll need to be committed to studying the extra hours.

If you're missing both GCSE English and maths A*-C/9-4 or your assessment results show you're unlikely to get above grade D/3:

You'll need to take an English and/or maths Functional Skills or GCSE course before studying Access to develop your skills in this area.

In some cases we may consider equivalent international qualifications. Please ask our team about this when you come in for interview.

If you don't have GCSEs A*-C/9-4, don't forget we have other options that might suit you. If you're employed our apprenticeships team can help you get qualified while you work, and we have plenty of courses to prepare you for further study or work. For advice, please speak to our education advisers.

Next Steps

  • Midwifery Degree
  • Nursing Degree
  • Early Childhood Studies

Important information

All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.

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