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Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 6 years maximum.3 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022),
Program Code40297
Selection Rank
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Entry requirements

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

Study midwifery

As a midwife, you will work in partnership with women and their families through pregnancy, labour and birth and the early parenting period. You will work alongside women and families to achieve the best health outcomes for mothers and their babies. Our Midwifery programs have been co-designed with industry partners, consumers, past and present midwifery students to ensure midwifery at the University of Newcastle reflects contemporary midwifery knowledge and practice. Our programs have a strong research inspired theoretical basis to prepare students for midwifery professional experience placement. Midwifery recognises that people have diverse gender identities, and the terms pregnant person and parent can be used to avoid gendering birth however women around the world are marginalised and oppressed so the University of Newcastle, Midwifery programs have a focus on woman-centred care in alignment with the National Standards for the Midwife and the International Confederation of Midwives definition of a midwife.

Accreditation is pending approval from Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).

Why study with us?

  • Flexible modes of study - learn with a mix of face-to-face and online activities, and hands-on experience in the placement setting. You can also take advantage of our flexible part-time study pathway.
  • Access to state-of-the-art simulation labs - students gain extensive preparedness for midwifery professional experience within state-of-the-art simulation labs which provide you with a safe environment to practice your clinical skills.
  • Midwifery Professional Experience – take advantage of the opportunity to complete a portion of your clinical placement in a rural facility, enhancing the sense of community surrounding birth in rural and remote areas.
  • Graduate work-ready - graduates from the University of Newcastle have succeeded in gaining employment at the time of graduation in leadership positions in the midwifery profession.
  • Professional recognition - upon graduation you are eligible to join a close community of midwives by applying for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
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1,400 hours of clinical placement
ANMAC ? accredited degree
94% Employed ? within four months of graduating
12 ? Medical and Health Sciences areas rated at 'well above world standard'

What you will study

The Midwifery programs are designed to sequentially build midwifery knowledge and skills. In the first year you will study courses in fundamental concepts of the midwifery profession and build foundational knowledge in human bioscience and the normal psychophysiology of pregnancy, birth and early parenting period including the newborn.

In the second year you will expand your knowledge base and learn about women who experience more complex psychophysiological needs. In the final year you'll continue to build skills and knowledge and progress to beginner level practitioners, consolidating midwifery knowledge and skills and integrating research into practice.

A mix of both face-to-face and online learning is provided to ensure you are able to be with childbearing women when required, including births, which occur at all hours.

Areas of study include:

  • Midwifery “with woman”
  • Women in pregnancy
  • Human bioscience
  • Women in labour
  • Women and babies in the postnatal time
  • Women with complex pregnancies
  • Women with complex labours
  • Indigenous health
  • Antenatal, labour
  • Advanced human bioscience
  • Women with postnatal complexities
  • Introductory pharmacology
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Midwifery futures
  • Midwifery professional experience placement

Advanced study options

An Honours degree equips you with highly sought after and respected skills and knowledge, giving you a competitive advantage.

With increasing competition in all sectors of employment, students who graduate with an Honours degree have a distinct advantage. It is often considered by employers as an added skill and has been used by previous graduates to pursue higher positions and salaries. You can develop and carry out research on a topic of interest, potentially leading to further academic study such as a research degree.

The Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours) is a one-year full-time (or equivalent part-time) degree that allows you to complete a research project exploring a midwifery issue that is relevant to contemporary practice and birthing-women’s needs.

Midwifery (Honours) program handbook Apply

Master of Midwifery Studies

A postgraduate degree will advance your knowledge and qualifications, giving you a competitive career-edge.  Specialising your midwifery qualifications lets you expand your career options to management, education and consultancy positions.

Grounded in the provision of woman-centered care, UON’s Master of Midwifery Studies is a combination of contemporary theories encompassing a holistic view of midwifery which includes the social, emotional and cultural factors which influencing health and wellbeing.

The program is available to registered midwives and is undertaken over three trimesters (full-time). At the completion of your Master of Midwifery Studies you will have a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and practical application of the midwifery discipline at a high level.

Master of Midwifery Studies

Career

Practical experience

Midwifery at the University of Newcastle gives you the opportunity to obtain approximately 1,400 hours of clinical experience in a maternity service environment.

There are two forms of clinical practice that you will participate in; clinical placement in a hospital and continuity of care relationships with childbearing women.

Clinical placement in a hospital

You will spend a minimum of 880 hours (over the three year period) in an allocated hospital in one of the health facilities listed below.

You will have hands-on experience with women during:

  • the antenatal period
  • labour and birthing
  • the postnatal period

Locations


Detailed information on each of the available Clinical Placement locations.

Continuity of care relationships with childbearing women

During your midwifery degree, you will also participate in a minimum of 10 relationship-based, continuity of care experiences (CCE) with childbearing women. Each relationship equates to approximately 20 hours of interactions. You will have a real-world experience as an on-call clinician for these women. The hours for this component of clinical experiences totals a minimum of 200 hours over the three years.

The remaining 320 hours will be spent in further CCE relationships OR additional allocated hospital experiences, depending on your allocated clinical placement venue and the models of care available.

Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Midwifery is a specialised program that qualifies graduates to become registered midwives in Australia. Below is a list of the typical job titles for Midwifery graduates:

  • Registered midwife
  • Clinical midwife educator
  • Clinical midwife specialist
  • Midwife manager
  • Midwife researcher
  • Midwifery academic
  • Private midwifery practice

Professional recognition

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration to practise as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

How to apply

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If you are an international student, read the information below before completing an application.

As someone who recently completed secondary education, either at high school, TAFE or another VET provider, you will generally be considered for entry based on your Selection Rank (SR). Some degrees have additional entry requirements such as auditions or interviews and where required you will find these listed on the relevant degree page.

Try to choose what you are most interested in and then research some back up options with lower Selection Ranks (SR) to put as your later choices. A good tip is to look at degrees that may have similar first year subjects. This will help you reduce your overall study time if you want to apply to transfer to your degree of choice after the first year. We also recommend choosing one of our free pathway programs as a backup option as your fifth preference on your UAC application. Selection Ranks (SR) requirements for our degrees do change from year to year so only use the Selection Rank (SR) as a guide.

You should start planning your way into uni from Year 10 onwards. Think about:

  • Using our study areas to narrow down study options based on what you are interested in
  • Come and speak to us at events like Open Day, Schools Visit Day and campus tours
  • Check the Assumed Knowledge and Recommended Studies of the degrees you are interested in
  • If you are a high performer you can get a head start by completing some uni subjects while still at school
  • Sign up to our mailing list for regular updates
  • Have a look at adjustment points and other entry schemes that may give you an extra boost
  • Decide on some back up options like Open Foundation and other entry pathways if you don't get the required marks
  • See our Application FAQs .
  • Have questions? Ask a student.  We know you must have heaps of questions about university life – what’s needed to get into your degree, where to go for support, what on-campus accommodation is available and of course, where to find the best coffee. Jump on our website to chat to one of our Student Ambassadors.

Secondary results don’t have a use-by date, so even if you completed high school 20 years ago, these results may be used to apply to the University of Newcastle. You can use your ATAR or equivalent (UAI, TER etc) to apply irrespective of when you completed Year 12.

It can be complicated to calculate your Selection Rank (SR) based on high school results prior to the introduction of the ATAR in 2009. Contact us at 1300 275 866 and let us do the calculating for you.

If you don’t think you will meet the Selection Rank (SR) for admission there are other options to get in depending on your situation:

For advice on these other options please contact us by calling 1300 275 866.

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission. TAFE and private providers, as well as some universities, typically offer Certificate III, IV and Diploma Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) awards. Some also offer Advanced Diploma and Associate Degrees.

For admission purposes, and to ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, all assessable qualifications are converted to a selection rank. Selection ranks from different individual qualifications are not combined or added together to form a rank. The highest of the two numbers will be the one used to assess your eligibility for admission. Different selection ranks are assigned to VET courses with graded assessment and competency based (ungraded) assessment. The tables below provide information on how to assess your selection rank based on your AQF qualification.

TAFE Guaranteed Entry

Many of our students come to us after completing TAFE studies. You can gain guaranteed entry into many of our 2021 undergraduate programs if you have previously completed an accredited Certificate IV, Diploma, or Advanced Diploma at TAFE or another registered training organisation (RTO).


Complete Graded AQF Diploma or AQF Advanced Diploma

Grade Point Average Rank - AQF Diploma Rank - AQF Advanced Diploma
6.5+ 95 96.95
6.25-6.49 93 95.25
6.00-6.24 90 93
5.75-5.99 88 91
5.50-5.74 86 89
5.25-5.49 83 86
5.00-5.24 81 83
4.75-4.99 78 80
4.00-4.74 75 76

Complete and Incomplete Ungraded AQF Diploma or AQF Advanced Diploma

Rank - AQF Advanced Diploma Rank - AQF Diploma
76 75


Complete Graded AQF Certificate III or AQF Certificate IV

Please note: Certificate III qualifications and below are not accepted for the Bachelor of Nursing program.

Grade Point Average Rank - AQF Certificate III Rank - AQF Certificate IV
6.5+ 78 90
6.25-6.49 78 88
6.00-6.24 77 86
5.75-5.99 76 84
5.50-5.74 75 82
5.25-5.49 73 80
5.00-5.24 71 78
4.75-4.99 69 75
4.00-4.74 67 73


Complete Ungraded AQF Certificate III and AQF Certificate IV

Rank - AQF Certificate III Rank - AQF Certificate IV
6773

Note: Incomplete VET studies must be AQF Diploma level or above and more than 0.2 of a full time student (FTE) to be considered for admission.


It is probably best to contact our Enquiry Centre on 1300 275 866 to discuss your qualifications and grades. Our team are happy to advise you on your options.

Your previous qualifications may also make you eligible for credit to your degree. This will cut down on your study time. You can apply for credit before you start. See our credit page for more information.

If you don’t think you will meet the requirements for admission there are other options to get in depending on your situation:

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average (GPA) (or Grade Average as a percentage for pathway programs like Open Foundation or Yapug) can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. To ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, all assessable qualifications are converted to a selection rank. The selection rank from this qualification is not added to your ATAR. The highest of the two numbers will be the one used to assess your eligibility for admission.

If you have completed a degree and want to move onto postgraduate study please see our Postgraduate website.


Bachelor degree studies

Min GPA (>0.5FTE*) Selection Rank
6.5+ 97.30
6 93.40
5 86.30
4 77.65
3 67.25

*Your GPA can only be calculated if you have completed at least 20 units of study. A full-time study (FTE) load is usually 80 units per year.


Completed pathway (also known as enabling or tertiary preparation) programs

Overall Grade Average Selection Rank
>97 99.55
80 84
70 77
60 70
50 65

If you are currently studying a degree at the University of Newcastle and want to transfer across to another degree, please see our Internal Transfers page for current students for more information.

If you have completed or are soon to complete an Enabling Pathways program (Open Foundation or Yapug) you can apply with us directly for free for most degrees. Please visit the Your Next Move website for more information.

If you want to transfer or complete a tertiary preparation program at another university you will need to apply through UAC. Please contact our Enquiry Centre 1300 275 866 for information and advice.

If you think you may be eligible for credit please visit our credit section.

If you’re applying on the basis of overseas secondary qualifications, there are some that are considered as equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification. Note that equivalence of qualifications alone does not guarantee entry into programs. For admission purposes, and to ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, your overseas qualification will be converted to a selection rank so you can be compared to other applicants.

For advice on your options please contact us by calling 1300 275 866 or visit AskUON.

If you haven’t completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree. Our recommended pathways are:

Pathway programs (Open Foundation and Yapug)

The University of Newcastle is the largest provider of pathway programs in Australia. If you haven’t studied for a while, or your high school results weren’t what you expected, you can start at university with one of our pathway programs. Our pathway programs offer guaranteed entry to over 40+ University of Newcastle degrees. When you complete this program your Grade Point Average as a percentage can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. The programs on offer are:

  • Open Foundation
    Completing our Open Foundation pathway program will award you a new rank to apply to uni.  Finish Open Foundation in just a single semester or take your time - up to 2 years. Flexible study supports you to learn at your own pace, including online, part-time or full-time options.
  • Yapug
    If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student you could complete our one year Yapug pathway program.
  • Diploma in Engineering
    Complete this program full-time (in one year) or part-time (up to 4 years) to get entry into one of our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degrees.
  • Undergraduate Certificates
    Complete this program full-time  (in a single semester) or part-time (two semesters) you can gain up to 40 units of credit and receive guaranteed entry into a number of related degree programs.

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Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test or STAT is an aptitude test, organised through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), that assesses a range of competencies considered important for successful tertiary study. If you are over 18 and not a current Year 12 student, results from the STAT multiple-choice test can be used for entry into some (but not all) of the degrees offered at the University of Newcastle. Make sure you look into which degrees accept STAT for entry.

If your qualification is not listed and you are unsure whether you can use it to gain entry please contact us on 1300 275 866 or AskUON.


If your qualification is not listed and you are unsure whether you can use it to gain entry please contact us on 1300 275 866 or AskUON.

Non-Award Admission

If you want to do one or two subjects at the University of Newcastle but not a full degree you can apply for non-award admission. You may want to do this for preliminary work for a higher degree, professional requirements or because of an interest in the area.

Find out more and apply by visiting Non-Award Admission.


Cross-Institutional Study

If you are currently at another university and want to do one or more subjects at the University of Newcastle for credit you can apply for Cross-Institutional Study.

Find out more and apply by visiting Cross-Institutional Study.

If you have more than one of the qualifications listed above they may all count towards your application. We are always happy to provide advice and discuss your circumstances so please contact us by calling 1300 275 866 or by submitting a question using AskUON. Otherwise check out our application FAQ.

Senior secondary school qualification

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools. To check if your qualification is recognised for direct entry into the University of Newcastle, please refer to the entry requirement tables below.

International Undergraduate Admission Requirements - Asia

International Undergraduate Admission Requirements - Rest of World

International Undergraduate Admission Requirements - South Asia

International Undergraduate Admission Requirements - Europe

Post-secondary study

Further education like diplomas and university study can also be assessed for admission.

Additional requirements

Some of our programs have additional requirements like an audition, or portfolio.

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy.

The Australian Government operates a student visa program that enables people who are not Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents to undertake study in Australia. A person who wants to undertake a course of study under the student visa programme must obtain a student visa before they can commence a course of study in Australia. A successful applicant must be both a genuine temporary entrant and a genuine student.

An applicant who is a genuine temporary entrant will have circumstances that support a genuine intention to temporarily enter and remain in Australia, notwithstanding the potential for this intention to change over time to an intention to utilise lawful means to remain in Australia for an extended period of time or permanently. All Australian education providers must have strategies and arrangements in place to ensure that all students and prospective students meet the requirements with Direction 69 as a condition of admission to the institution.

When your application for admission is received, the University of Newcastle will assess this against university entrance requirements including: minimum age, English and academic entry requirements. To comply with Australian law your application will also be assessed to check that you are genuinely seeking temporary entry to Australia to study. You may be asked to provide the University of Newcastle with evidence addressing Ministerial Direction 69 as part of finalising your admission. If the University forms the opinion that you are not a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) it may refuse to assess your application, withdraw an offer of a place, or cancel your confirmation of enrolment.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Australia will also assess each application for a student visa (subclass 500) against the applicant’s intention to stay temporarily in Australia as a genuine student. The criteria for this assessment are outlined in Ministerial Direction 69. Applicants that don’t satisfy the criteria under Direction 69 will not be granted a student visa.

For more information, please refer to the following areas of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website:

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

Admission to this program is available to Australian citizens and residents only.

Current Australian Year 12 Students:

Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on Selection Rank or equivalent. During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Find out if you are eligible.

Non school leavers and previous Australian Year 12 students:

Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on:

  • Previous Year 12 studies and/or
  • Higher education, tertiary, post-secondary qualifications and/or
  • Overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants:

Apply for entry through UAC. You have the opportunity to access the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admission Scheme which incorporates an interview process considering personal attributes as well as educational qualifications.

 

Admission is not available to International Applicants (non Australian Citizens/Residents).

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 7.0 with no subtest result below 7.0.

Before being considered for admission to the Bachelor of Midwifery, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council requires all applicants to demonstrate a high level of English language proficiency. To do this, applicants must do one of the following:

  • Declare that:
    • English is your primary language (ie the language you primarily use for reading, writing, listening and speaking and the language you know best and are most comfortable with)
    • before the program start date you will have completed six years of schooling in English - including at least two years of secondary school in English - in one of the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United States, Canada, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom. All the requirements for schooling are on the UAC website.
  • Undertake an English language proficiency test accepted for entry to the Bachelor of Midwifery no more than two years before the program start date. You will need to achieve specified minimum results. Minimum test results are outlined in the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy.
  • Declare that you are currently registered as an enrolled nurse, registered nurse or registered midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency - Nursing and Midwifery (AHPRA).

Upon graduation and application for registration as a midwife in Australia, you will also need to meet the English language skills registration standard of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

HLC English Band 4 or higher, General Mathematics, Biology and/or Chemistry. Computer Skills, including word processing, email, web and web searching.

HSC Biology and/or Chemistry, General English and General Mathematics.

Students should also be aware that they may be required to undertake midwifery professional experience placement and/or classes outside normal semester dates.

Bachelor of Midwifery (Hunter Placement)

If you choose this option you will be undertaking your on campus studies at the Callaghan Campus, Newcastle and you will be placed at one of the following hospitals for your entire midwifery professional placement over the three year program (except in the instance of a short term voluntary rural/metropolitan/international exchange).

  • John Hunter Hospital
  • Maitland Hospital
  • Muswellbrook
  • Newcastle Private Hospital
  • Singleton
  • Scone
Bachelor of Midwifery (Central Coast Placement)

If you choose this option you will be undertaking your on campus studies ta the Central Coast Clinical School, Gosford and you will be placed at one of the following hospitals for your entire midwifery professional placement over the three year program (except in the instance of a short term voluntary rural/metropolitan/international exchange). 

  • Gosford Public Hospital
  • North Gosford Private Hospital
Bachelor of Midwifery (Mid-North Coast Placement)

If you choose this option you will be undertaking your on campus studies at the Manning Education Centre at Taree and you will be placed at one of the following hospitals for your entire midwifery professional placement over the three year program (except in the instance of a short term voluntary rural/metropolitan/international exchange).

  • Kempsey District Hospital
  • Manning Base Hospital, Taree
  • Port Macquarie Hospital

The Bachelor of Midwifery is offered with both full-time and part-ime pathways. 

Midwifery education and midwifery professional practice require students to be committed to study and professional practice that can be mentally and physically demanding. Students will engage in simulated practice in specially designed simulation laboratories and will conduct emotional, social and physical examinations of childbearing women on midwifery placement under the supervision of a midwife/obstetrician. Students engage in peer learning on campus and virtually.

Students will complete a minimum of 1104 hours of midwifery professional experience placement that includes:

  • Midwifery Professional Experience Placement in an allocated hospital with hands-on experience during the antenatal period, labour and birthing, and the postnatal period.
  • Continuity of Care Experiences (CCE) where students develop relationships with childbearing women - a minimum of 10 relationship-based experiences as the on-call clinician for expectant mothers (minimum 200 hours).

Further hours may be required in order to complete minimum requirements for registration and may be completed as rostered hours or continuity of care experiences.

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements

  • First Aid Certificate

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.

MIDI1101 - Introduction to Midwifery and the Childbearing Woman

MIDI1207 - Midwifery Professional Experience 2

MIDI2105 - Midwifery Practice and Women with Complex Care Needs

MIDI2204 - Midwifery Practice and Women with Complex Care Needs B

MIDI3105 - Midwifery Practice and Contemporary Maternity Care

MIDI3202 - Transitioning to Professional Midwifery Practice

You can look at NUPrep for options to brush up on knowledge before you start.

You should also think about degree add-ons like combined options or a Diploma in Languages. If you would like to learn an additional language alongside your main bachelor degree, then this program is for you. Languages offered include: Australian Sign Language (Auslan), Chinese, French, German and Japanese.

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