Access to HE Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery

Access to HE Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery

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Brockenhurst College - Main Site


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Course introduction

If you wish you had trained as a nurse or midwife after leaving school, then this Access course represents your second chance to secure the career you want.

This programme of learning will equip you for higher-level learning in this area through the study of Biology and Social issues in Healthcare.

These subjects will enrich your knowledge of the mind, body and issues relevant to anyone entering nursing or midwifery, giving you a foundation of knowledge on which to build at university.

You will also acquire many transferable skills including an improved capacity for higher-level thinking.

Why choose
Access to HE Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery?

At Brock we provide specialist pastoral support to ensure you make an easy transition back into education.

Small class sizes, a focus on study and academic writing skills, and a dedicated Progression Advisor to assist you with your UCAS application, are all part of the Brock support package.

We will also help you build your knowledge and skills, helping you become a more confident self-directed learner who can make the switch to higher education relatively easily.

Teaching & learning

We combine proven teaching methods with a focus on fostering a deep understanding of the subject matter in order to help you reach your learning objectives.

You will engage in a range of learning activities, including: writing essays, delivering presentations, examining case studies and participating class discussions.

In addition, we will encourage you to read around your subject to enhance your understanding and apply your knowledge to unfamiliar situations, helping you become a more independent learner.

Information & support


You can apply for funding through the Advanced Learner Loan system to help you cover the costs of studying for an Access qualification, find out more.

Once you are at university you may be able to apply for a £5,000 annual support payment, plus other help, depending on your course, find out more.

Funded nursery places:

If you are in receipt of an Advanced Learner Loan, you may be eligible for funded nursery places.

Not only that, at Brockenhurst College we have an Early Years Education centre conveniently located on our main campus.

Highwood Nursery is rated GOOD by Ofsted and currently has vacancies.

For more information, including details about availability and eligibility, please call 01590 625555.



Minimum entry requirements

Most universities require Maths and English GCSE at grade 4 (C) or above. You should achieve these grades before starting an Access course. 

Access to Higher Education is aimed solely at students aged 19+ who want to go to university and is accepted by universities for their courses.

This is an intensive programme of study. For this reason you must be able to commit to the timetable of lessons plus independent study each week. 

Course structure

The qualification comprises 60 credits, all at Level 3. Fifty-one credits are for academic content and nine are for study skills, academic writing and IT skills.

Here is a breakdown of the study units:

1. Biology

Biology is a key subject on this course. You will study a range of units including cell biology, organ systems, homeostasis and human reproductive biology.

2. Social Issues in Healthcare

In this unit you will learn about the development of health and social care, the concept of inequalities, and the factors influencing services.  You will also undertake a research project in an area of personal interest.

3Academic Writing

This unit will give you the writing skills you need to perform well at university. It also covers effective research, referencing and essay planning.

4. Study Skills

Picking up effective study skills such as time management and organisation is covered thoroughly by this unit. Study Skills will also help you with your UCAS application and university interviews.

5. IT Application Skills

This unit will help you develop the IT skills you need for this course and for university. You will learn how to produce professional reports in Microsoft Word, presentations in PowerPoint and also how to efficiently manage your files.

What can I do with this qualification?

This Access qualification is designed to give you the academic credit you need to get into university.

It will also give you a solid background in healthcare matters to help you progress in associated fields such as care work.

We recommend you seek relevant work experience opportunities to strengthen your university application.

Dates & Locations





LocationBrockenhurst College - Main Site

Date & time 09/09/2024 to 31/07/2025

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