Access to Nursing & Midwifery

This course is delivered at several locations. Please select your preferred location

About this course

Our Access to Nursing and Midwifery course is perfect for those individuals keen to pursue a career in nursing. This programme begins in January and is designed to give learners the skills and knowledge needed to progress into higher education. This is an intensive course, so candidates must be certain they are ready for both the academic demands and the workload of the programme. On successful completion of the course, pupils will achieve the Access to Higher Education Diploma qualification. This is a nationally recognised qualification which is accepted for entry into Higher Education courses.

What you will study

Human Biology, Care Studies and Social Sciences are covered as major subjects on this course. You will also be required to study Numeracy, Communications and Study Skills as mandatory core subjects. Weekly personal tutorials are held to support students through their studies.

Please note that some degree pathways require additional qualifications (e.g GCSE Maths/English at Grade B), alongside the Access to HE Diploma qualification. Please ensure you sign up to the appropriate provision based on your planned exit route - this can be discussed with us during your interview if you wish.

If you don't already have the GCSE qualifications and these are needed for your preferred university course, you might like to consider our pre-Access course - Adult Foundation. This course is designed for those with life experience and is not typically suitable for applicants aged under 19 years.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language A* - C is mandatory and evidence must be provided before enrolment. Successful interview and assessment result - Level 1 in Maths and Level 2 in English. Learners need to be outside of Post Compulsory Education for 3 years prior to studying . NB: Prospective learners whose English is a second language are requested to demonstrate during the application process a IELTS Score of 6 overall (International English Language Testing System) of spoken and written English.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information
This course is presented in several different locations, please choose the one convenient for you above.


What our students say

The courses were perfect for getting into university...small class sizes, really great support and a fantastic environment to be able to learn in.

Ceri-Ann Mathais Jones
Studied Adult Foundation and Access. Now studying Foundation Degree Care Studies at CAVC.
Former Access to Health Sciences student

Career prospects & further study

Learners completing this course can progress to a Nursing or Midwifery degree at a university of their choice. Cardiff and Vale College is linked with the University of South Wales and pleased to announce that USW offers learners enrolled on the Access to nursing courses a guaranteed interview for nursing at the university.


Barry Campus
Barry Campus

Cardiff and Vale College,

Barry Campus,

Vale of Glamorgan,

CF62 8YJ

East Cardiff Campus
East Cardiff Campus

Trowbridge Road,