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Online Access to Midwifery Course — How to become a midwife

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Our online Access to Higher Education Diploma for Midwifery is one of two main routes into midwifery if you don't have the qualifications to start a university course.  To qualify as a midwife you need to complete a 3-year midwifery degree programme at university (BSc. (Hons) Midwifery) which then leads on to your registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The entry requirements for most universities are either 3 A Levels and 5 GCSEs or an Access to Higher Education Diploma and GCSE English & Maths (or equivalent level 2). Not having the GCSEs does not prevent you studying on the Access to He Diploma.

If you are already a Registered Nurse you don't need to start again from scratch, you can apply to take a conversion course which is an 18-month programme of study. 

What are the university entry requirements for a midwifery degree?

To apply to universities for midwifery, you should have, or be working towards achieving a relevant Access to HE Diploma in Health Science. Or alternatively, 3 A Levels with at least one in a science area. Universities can advise on their particular entry requirements and they also publish these on the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) website.

With the A Level route, you may also be expected to have a minimum of 5 GCSEs. With the Access to Midwifery route, you are normally only required to have GCSEs in English and Maths at Grade C or above. (or equivalent level 2)  Access to HE Diplomas are normally aimed towards adults 18+ returning to education or wishing to change to a new career. There are no upper age limits. The Diploma qualification is viewed as being equivalent to 3 A Levels.  Access to HE can be studied from home via online learning or at a local college. 

To gain the required level of practical skills and technical competence to become a midwife, your 3 year degree programme will be spent between theory and clinical practice. The theory part is based within the university setting where you have contact with other students, your tutors, attend seminars and lectures.  Clinical practice is where you will undertake supervised midwifery placements within hospitals and out in the community. 

University Requirements

A Levels + 5 GCSEs including English and Maths


Access to Higher Education Diploma + English and Maths GCSEs (or equivalent)


Why should I do an online Access to Higher Education course?

Our online Access to Midwifery course allows you to continue working while you study for the diploma, which means you may be in a better financial position to support yourself before you are able to get a maintenance loan for the midwifery degree course. If you have a busy family life, the flexibility of the online Access to Higher Education course can enable you to pursue a career that would be otherwise out of reach. With Academy Online Learning's online Access diploma you get interactive learning materials and full support from qualified subject specialist tutors. You can book tutorials at convenient times and speak to your tutor over the telephone or through our online videoconferencing system, whichever is most appropriate. We also provide help with your UCAS application and provide academic references.

What personal attributes are required to become a midwife?

One of the main attributes of a midwife is being able to develop high levels of trust and confidence. Therefore you will need excellent communication skills, patience and tact. Being a practising midwife is also about being able to understand the needs of families from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds and being able to respect these differences. Being a team player is essential although being able to work independently in stressful circumstances is also required. You will train and work within a professional Code of Practice based on four areas – ‘prioritise people, practise effectively, preserve safety and promote professionalism and trust’ (NMC, 2015).


What does a midwife do?

There are many and varied tasks for the midwife which covers all aspects of post and ante-natal care. 

As a midwife, your role is to care for and support pregnant women, families and their babies, before, during and after delivery. This can include advising women in the early stages of pregnancy about the various birthing options and choices they can make from how and where they can choose to give birth to pain relief options, diet and providing information about ante-natal classes. Throughout a pregnancy, you will monitor the health of both mother and baby at different stages. During labour, you will monitor the baby’s progress and offer advice on pain management. Once the baby arrives you continue your support in advising about feeding methods and the general care of the new-born. The role of the community midwife goes a little further as you would visit the family home to check the health and well-being of the new mother and baby.


What career progression opportunities are available?

The majority of qualified midwives work within the NHS but you can also work in the private sector. Some choose to work overseas in both established and developing countries. 

As you gain in experience there are opportunities to undertake training in becoming a health visitor.  You may decide on heightened responsibilities from managing wards, teams of community midwives or more leadership roles, such as Director of Midwifery or consultant. Whichever pathway you choose in midwifery you will find it challenging exciting and a highly rewarding career. 


What are the pay and working condition like?

As a guide, the starting salary for a newly qualified midwife working in the NHS starts at over £22,000. As an experienced midwife, this can rise to around £35,000 year. Team managers and higher level midwives can earn between £31,000 and £41,000 a year and, depending on the payment band scale, midwife directors and consultants can earn between £68,000 and up to over £98,000 per year.

Extra allowances can be earned for additional responsibilities, length of service, and geographical location. Midwives can often earn up to 20% more if working in an area where living costs are higher, for example in London. You can also choose to work full or part-time.


What annual leave are midwives entitled to?

Within the NHS this is quite generous, the basic annual leave is 27 days, which on average exceeds the amount of paid holidays in private sector companies. On top of this, you’ll get eight general and public holidays.


If you would like to complete an online Access to Midwifery course to obtain the qualifications for entry onto a midwifery degree course at university, please choose your payment plan below, or contact us for more information


What units will I study on the Online Access to Midwifery Course?


Ungraded Units

This gives you an opportunity to shine when you are invited for an interview at the university. You will research the university and look at the syllabus and the combination of academic and practical experience and delivery. You will address your own transferable skills and put them to use when writing your UCAS application. You can produce a practice UCAS form prior to submitting your application to UCAS. All the research relating to this unit needs to be contained in a portfolio. You can take this with you to demonstrate that you have carried out detailed research of the course that you have applied for.

There are many diseases and consequently many causes of diseases. Identifying the prevalence of diseases comes with the notion of patterns in society where disease is prevalent. You will be looking at the nature of diseases and the changing patterns across society over time. By identifying diseases and causes, steps can be taken to reduce a disease. Public Health Agencies play a clear role in this; you will be given the opportunity to discover how effective these agencies are in promoting health.

There are many different methods involved in research and you will be introduced to some of these, for example; Correlations, Experiments, Observations, Case Studies Questionnaires and Surveys. You will be given the opportunity to develop your own piece of research in a standard report format.

This can be awarded against a level 3 essay. In essay preparation, you will be expected to research a topical area and present an argument, analysis or evaluation, demonstrating that you can use the evidence you have researched to present ideas and empirical evidence to support the claims that you are making.. The set of writing conventions relating to an essay can vary depending on the subject area. You will be asked to read the question carefully so that you know what the question is asking. In identifying the key words you will be able to see what the main idea is behind the title. You will be able to demonstrate your ability to select relevant material.

Psychology Units (Graded)

This involves the localisation and function of the brain. The different methods of investigating the brain are considered, whereby the strengths and weaknesses of those methods are addressed. You will be given the opportunity to look at the interaction between the brain and behaviour in an example of day to day living.

Health Units (Graded | Level 3)

This unit relates to communication between health care professionals and clients. Here you will be able to explore the different ways of breaking down barriers of communication and how some barriers are more difficult than others to eradicate. You will develop an understanding of the importance of listening skills and how empathy is a focal point of the client /nurse relationship. There are many forms of communication used to convey confidential information. There is a focus here to show how any breaches of confidentiality can have serious consequences.

There are a range of physiological disorders identified here in this unit. You will be made aware of at least three different disorders in detail from the onset and the processes involved in the diagnosis of the disorder including the tests involved in identifying the disorder and remedies to address the disorder and the care strategies used to support the individual on recovery. The roles and responsibility of health care specialists is also important in the speed of recovery and palliative care.


Biology Units (Graded | Level 3)

The topical area for this unit considers the nature of a range of non – infectious diseases including auto immune, inherited and congenital disorders. The relationship between disease and life style (epidemiological factors) is an important combination where it is considered that diseases can have a multi – factorial cause. Epidemiological research has played a role in health promotional campaigns which have been introduced as part of health and well being initiatives to attempt to reduce the incidences of diseases.

The main theme in this unit is to develop an understanding of the hormone system and the endocrine glands. You will be looking at the principles behind homeostasis and feedback mechanisms involved in as blood sugar control. You will also look at the actions of hormones and the understandings of molecular processes in steroid and peptide action. You will be illustrating and giving accounts of the endocrine system and identifying the specific organs associated with the system. There will be an opportunity to discuss the medical use of synthetic hormones such as HRT.

Here you will be given the opportunity to explore the components and function of a balanced diet. You will be directed towards looking at what happens when there are deficiencies of a particular nutrient and you will be given the opportunity to identify common forms of malnutrition. Whilst collecting your evidence you will be explore the Alimentary Canal, identifying and locating the structure and function of the Digestive System and the processes involved in the digestive process.

This addresses the understanding of genetic inheritance including simple Mendelian crosses where you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding with illustrations and give a robust account of autosomal dominant recessive patterns and co – dominance. You will need to be able to draw and interpret a Punnett square and calculate probabilities for a variety of monohybrid or dihybrid crosses and recognise inheritance patterns. There will be an opportunity to research and understand the chromosomal basis of sex determination and explain the intra species variations as a result of features such as the environment.

This unit covers the structure and function of the male and female reproductive system. There is a focus on puberty and of the mammalian menstrual cycle where sequences of events involve hormonal changes. You will develop a broad understanding of Gametes and compare Oogenesis and Spermatogenesis. The process of IVF in understanding fertilisation is covered along with methods of contraception and their effectiveness.

The skeletal system is the primary focus of attention in this unit where you will be given the opportunity to understand the function and structure of the skeletal system, the different joints and movement possibilities relating to joints. You will locate the regions of the spine and identify a number of bones in the human body. You will explore the muscle fibre action in detail and the mechanism involved in sliding filament theory.

This introduces the basic structure and function of the nervous system including the peripheral nervous system the autonomic nervous system and it’s subdivisions. You will also be given the opportunity expand upon your research and look at the nature of nerve impulses and the importance of action potential and the myelin sheath. You will also look at the principles of synaptic transmission, the direction of transmission and the effects of synaptic inhibition.

This looks into the organisation and structure of the body considering tissue types and DNA. You will study the various blood components, the roles and relate this to the circulatory system as a whole. You will cover the blood flow within them, the dynamics of the heart in relation to the needs of the body as well as the differences between plasma and tissue fluid.

This unit looks at homeostasis and the kidney as a homeostatic organ. You will be researching the kidney’s role in the balance of water, salt and pH and the effects of the environment on a cellular level. There will be an opportunity to give a detailed account of the kidney and illustrate its function in relation to the body. Kidney replacement is also a topical area. Malfunction diagnosis is a key consideration and point of investigation.

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