West Thames College London

Access to Midwifery

This course is ideal for those who would like to progress to a Higher Education course in the field of health care, in particular Midwifery. The key modules for this pathway are: Midwifery Studies, Psychology, Health Science and Sociology. You will learn study skills such as note taking, essay writing, reading and research, preparation for exams and oral presentation.
Key course features

Qualification: Level 3 Access to Midwifery

Level: Level 3

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 04 September 2017

Who is this course for?
This course is ideal for those who would like to progress to a Higher Education course in the field of health care, in particular Midwifery.
About the course
This course is ideal for those who would like to progress to a Higher Education course in the field of health care, in particular Midwifery. The key modules for this pathway are: Midwifery Studies, Psychology, Health Science and Sociology. You will learn study skills such as note taking, essay writing, reading and research, preparation for exams and oral presentation. The list below shows the range of units normally offered on the programme. The units offered are reviewed periodically to meet the interests and progression aims of the students on the course and may change slightly.
  • Biology
    The Blood, The Reproductive System, Human Biology, Nutrition, Digestion and Excretion, The Cardiovascular System, Cells, Human Tissues and Systems and Human Physiology
  • Midwifery Studies
    Role of the Health & Social Care Profession, Role of the Midwife in Antenatal Care, Post-natal care of Mother and Baby and Role of the Midwife during labour and birth
  • Study Skills
    Essay Writing, Reading and Comprehension of text, Report Writing, Finding and Reading Information, Writing and Delivering Seminar papers
All units are Level 3. To pass the Diploma you must achieve 60 credits.
Additional opportunities
Work experience forms an essential part of the course and where appropriate will be supported by the college.
How will I be assessed?
Your development and progress on the course will be assessed on a regular basis both informally and formally. You will receive regular feedback from your tutors about your progress. The assessment procedures vary from module to module and so will depend on what you are studying; there will be some set essays, coursework projects, and tests throughout the course. All of the modules use continuous assessment processes, which means that there is no dependence on final examinations (except GCSE Maths, English and Science). As you go through the course you will know whether you are meeting the requirements or not, and you will be given opportunities to catch up and make good any problems.
Where next?
On completion of this course you may progress to a degree in Midwifery.
Entry requirements
Universities require learners to have GCSEs and are expected to have experience of voluntary or paid work in a health care setting to progress onto a degree in midwifery. To join an Access course, students must already have either their GCSE Maths or GCSE English (or both at grade A*-C / grade 9-5). If you need to achieve either your GCSE Maths or English qualifications, we will enrol you on this when you join the Access course and you will study this GCSE as you also study for your Access course. Please note that this is a very demanding course, equivalent to an A-Level programme, so you will need to have a good level of literacy and numeracy (GCSE grade A-C standard / grade 9-5) in order to succeed. You will have an initial assessment to assess your suitability for the course. If successful, you will be invited for an interview. If you are not quite ready for the Access course we may offer you another course that will prepare you for the Access course.
Fees
There may be additional fees for materials, course kits and DBS checks. Fees may be subject to change. If you are over 19 you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Please visit our Advanced Learner Loans page for more details or call 020 8326 2015.
How to apply?
Please click the "apply now" button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.

Soundbite

  1. Amy Laver

    Access to Nursing

    Amy Laver

    "Undertaking the Access course has been life changing for me. I feel so confident compared to when I started and am very excited for the future. I am planning to go to university to study midwifery and the support and encouragement I received on the Access course helped me to achieve two university offers which I am really proud of."

  2. Kerry Saunders

    Access to Nursing

    Kerry Saunders

    ā€œI really enjoyed the Access course ā€“ it helped me get back into the swing of studying after six years out of education. It was a really good preparation for university. I met lots of nice people and it was fun too. Iā€™m now studying Nursing at Bucks New University.ā€ Kerry also won a Spirit of London award at the end of last year to recognise her achievements in education.

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