It is usual for degree courses to ask for at least the equivalent of two A levels with a range of broader entry requirements usually considered. There must also be evidence of literacy and numeracy (NMC 2009b). Some universities will have broader entry requirements where the applicant has not had the opportunity to undertake A levels, and will accept alternatives; one example is successful completion of an Access course (see below).
Application for entry to these courses is very competitive, as can be seen from the wide age band for applications and while many students have higher than minimum educational requirements, others may have had more extensive life experiences. Each university has its own specific criteria, so it is best to check with the individual institution.
The main aim of Access programmes is to prepare adult learners without formal qualifications for admission to undergraduate education. For entry to midwifery courses, ‘Access to Health and Social Care’ courses are most applicable. When applying for Midwifery, you must have evidence of having successfully completed a FULL Access course.
The Access course should consist of at least four modules (to include Anatomy and Physiology, the Social Sciences – Psychology, Sociology and Social Policy, Midwifery Studies and Study Skills). These courses are available as both full and part-time options and once successfully completed lead to the award of an Access to H.E (Higher Education) Diploma, which is recognised by universities as an alternative to A-levels.
Higher Education Institutions (HEI) may differ in the credit level requirements for this course and individuals are advised to check with the HEI they wish to attend.
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