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Midwifery Access to Higher Education Level 3 (Feb start)

This course will provide you with all the skills and knowledge you will need to progress on to a degree-level course in midwifery.

Entry requirements

This Access to Midwifery Diploma is a one year intensive course aimed at mature students (19+) without the standard qualifications to enter higher education.

Midwifery is a very competitive area of nursing. You will need English and Maths at Level 2 (preferably as GCSE qualifications at grade C or above) to enrol on to this course. Please note that most degree level courses will require GCSE Maths and English, and, in some cases, GCSE Science at grade C or above. Entry will also be subject to a successful interview and a Maths and English entry test. Additionally, students whose first language is not English will need an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher.

It is very important to research the entry criteria of the universities you would eventually like to apply to. You will often need a minimum of GCSE English and Maths, in addition to your Access qualification, for entry on to degree level courses. Many university courses can be very competitive and it’s important to understand and fulfil the entry requirements prior to applying.  Work experience (paid or voluntary) in a health care setting will improve your chances.

Course content

During the course you will study the following units:

  • English
  • Maths
  • ICT
  • Research project
  • Human physiology
  • Additional sciences
  • Health studies.

Assessment methods

You will be regularly assessed throughout out the course via a range of methods, including written, practical and oral assignments, as well as project work.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this course you can apply to university to study nursing or midwifery. The College has especially good links with the University of Bedfordshire. We will also support you while you complete your university application.

Additional information

This is an intense, full-time course that runs over one academic year. You will be required to attend College three days each week, with additional sessions if appropriate. There are additional costs associated with some courses. For example, you may be required to purchase specialist uniforms, equipment or books.

Note: Many Universities require GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above in addition to the Access course.

If you are aged 24 or over you may qualify for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. Find out more about your payment options at

Funding information

If you are aged 16-18, this course is not funded and costs between £3,022 and £3,384. Alternatively we offer BTEC Level 2 and Level 3 courses that may be funded for 16-18 year olds. If you are aged 24 or over you may qualify for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. Find out more about your payment options at

Course Information & How to Apply

Unfortunately this course has been cancelled. Please ring 01234 291000 or email for alternatives.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 28/01/2014 Aged 19-23: £1,692 / Aged 24 and over: £3,384 Cauldwell Street E2251


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.


After 12 years of childminding at home, I turned 40 and wanted my house back to myself! I’d always wanted to be a midwife and this felt like the right time for me to do something about it. A friend recommended the Access courses to me and, to my delight, I found that Bedford College offered a pathway in midwifery.

I’ve really enjoyed getting back into education. It hasn’t been easy financially, but the Advanced Learner Loan is there to cover the course fee and gets written off when you graduate from university. The studying has not been as difficult as I thought it might be; the tutors are excellent and help ease you into the course.

My favourite part of the course is science and the practical sessions in the lab. I’ve always enjoyed it and have studied some physics courses through the Open University over the years.  We have to do about 10 hours extra study at home per week, which is manageable as long as you stay organised and on top of it all.

Once I’ve completed the Access course I’ll be going to the University of Bedfordshire to study midwifery, and it will take three years to become qualified. It’s been an amazing year here at Bedford College. My confidence has gone from zero to absolutely through the roof, so if you’re considering it, just do it! 

Arlene - Access to Midwifery 

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