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Bachelor of Midwifery

The University of Newcastle

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As a midwife, you will focus on caring for women, babies and their families during pregnancy, labour and birth and the immediate period after birthing. You will work with women and families to achieve the best health outcomes for mothers and their babies. Our Bachelor of Midwifery has been developed in partnership with, and is supported by, local health districts so that our midwifery students provide direct clinical care under the supervision of a registered midwife with an emphasis on woman-centred care and relational continuity with women and practice experiences in all midwifery contexts.

This degree requires students to participate in clinical placements in NSW Health facilities. During placement, students will be subject to NSW Health policies and procedures. Students must also meet all NSW Health verification requirements before attending clinical placement. Clinical placement essentials.

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

Students enrolling in this degree are required to obtain a WorkCover-approved Provide First Aid Certificate during semester 1.

There are a limited number of deferrals available each year. Applicants must apply for deferment and deferment is not guaranteed.

This degree and future professional practice are both mentally and physically demanding. Students may be required to practise hands-on examinations and simulated treatments/procedures with other students in laboratory classes.

Areas of study Antenatal care, care of the newborn baby, human bioscience, labour and birthing care, postnatal care.

Career opportunities Registered midwife, clinical midwife educator, clinical midwife specialist, midwife manager, midwife researcher.

Professional recognition 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.

Practical experience There is the opportunity to complete a minimum of 1,400 hours of clinical experience in two formats:

  • Clinical placement in a maternity service – a minimum of 880 hours in an allocated hospital and hands-on experience during the antenatal period, labour and birthing, and the postnatal period.
  • Continuity of Care Experience (CCE) relationships with childbearing women – a minimum of 10 relationship-based experiences as the on-call clinician for expectant mothers (minimum 200 hours).

The remaining 320 hours will be spent in further continuity of care relationships or additional hospital experiences.

The participating hospitals for clinical placements are John Hunter, Maitland, Taree, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Scone, Newcastle Private, Gosford Public and Gosford Private, Port Macquarie, Kempsey and Taree. While attending placements, students are responsible for all travel, accommodation and related expenses. Applicants should be aware of this requirement when applying for entry to the program.

Honours Available as an additional year (or part-time eqv) to students based on merit.

Fees and charges Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Essential requirements for admission

Selection of applicants will be made on the basis of their academic performance/selection rank. Bachelor of Midwifery is a full-time program. Any alteration to the full-time program enrolment sequence will result in the student being relocated from their current clinical placement location allocation to an alternate location.

Check the special requirements and policies for this course.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Any 2 units of English (Band 4 or higher), Mathematics Standard 2, Biology, Chemistry.

Recommended studies: Biology and/or Chemistry, English Standard, Mathematics Standard 2.

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

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.

Applicants with work and life experience

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.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.

Further information

View all details of this course on the UON website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2020)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2020 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in 2016 to 2018) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites by publishing:
    • separate data for 2018 Year 12 students and 2016/17 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2019 – semesters 1 and 2).
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

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Review of programs
The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, visit University of Newcastle degrees.

Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.