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Bachelor of Midwifery

Close Date: 1 September
International Close Date: 1 September

Learn how to confidently nurture pregnant women through one of life's most meaningful events.

Midwives work with women to provide care in pregnancy, childbirth and up to the first six weeks of a baby's life. Midwives have a wide range of knowledge and skills to be able to support women and their families safely and appropriately.

Recognised by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand, our three year degree* uses blended delivery techniques to enable you to study and work in your own community. You will be able to access practical experience, face-to-face tutorials and online study while living in your own region, including Christchurch, Nelson/Marlborough, West Coast and South Canterbury. All sites are supported by a midwifery lecturer/s who will provide individual support, organise the tutorials and coordinate local midwifery practice experience for you. Compulsory block weeks are taught in Christchurch throughout the year, and all students are required to attend these sessions.

To meet the Midwifery Council of New Zealand requirements the degree is made up of theory and practice content carried out over 45 weeks of delivery per year. You will have the opportunity to follow at least 25 women throughout their midwifery care and facilitate 40 births in a variety of maternity settings.

Studies cover a wide range of topics including midwifery practice skills, nutrition, lactation and bioscience foundations. You will also learn about Maori health, integrated midwifery practice and rural midwifery practice to allow you to adapt to the wide range of needs and circumstances encountered in midwifery.

You will gain a good understanding of how to assess the social, psychological, physical, emotional, spiritual, and cultural needs of each woman and her family, so you have the knowledge and skills needed to support women during their childbirth experience. Part-time, 4 years (with approval).

Fees for 2020

Domestic costs
$10,090 - $11,330 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$427
International costs
$30,660 per year
International Levy
$697.80
Valid To
December 31, 2020

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$10,500 - $11,300 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$427
International costs
$31,580 per year
International Levy
$697.80
Valid To
December 31, 2021

New Zealand University Entrance: NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at level 3 and 20 credits at level 2 or higher) which must include:

18 credits at Level 3 in each of Biology and/or Chemistry††

and a minimum of 16 credits at Level 3 in an English language rich subject such as English, history, art history, classical studies, geography or economics

and a further 16 credits at Level 3 in one other subject from the list of approved subjects* and

  • Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing, and
  • Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)

OR New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Ara Pre Health Pathway or equivalent.

†† If an applicant does not have a minimum of 18 credits at Level 3 in Biology OR Chemistry, they must have achieved 16 credits at level 2 in Biology OR Chemistry.

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

* NZQA approved subjects: see http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/

Complete a written statement which discusses the recent work/life experience relevant to midwifery and/or women's health.

  • Disclose any health or learning issues which may affect the applicant's ability to meet the academic and/or practical requirements of the programme.
  • Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via two referee reports.
  • Consent to Disclosure of Information - Successful applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form.
  • Hold a current Class 1 Driver Licence.
  • Hold a valid first aid certificate (minimum 12 hours) covering NQF unit standards 6400, 6401 and 6402).
  • Have basic computer skills prior to starting the programme.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Registered nurses or other Registered health practitioners must hold registration with the relevant regulatory authority in New Zealand. A Certificate of Good Standing is required from the relevant regulatory authority.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, you may also be required to provide evidence of English language skills as listed below.

  • The Midwifery Council of New Zealand accepts OET as an alternative to IELTS. Applicants wanting an exception must contact the Midwifery Council as Ara does not have the authority to grant an exception.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS test report form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • The English Language requirements for this programme are higher than the minimum set by NZQA, therefore; applicants who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance may be required to provide evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 7.0 Academic

  • 7 Listening
  • 6.5 Reading
  • 6.5 Writing
  • 7 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

Please note: on completion of Year 3 you will be required to sit the Midwifery Council National Exam (at an additional cost of $200) to enable you to be registered to practice as a midwife.

You can work as a midwife, providing midwifery services either as a self-employed midwife with a caseload in the community or employed in a hospital setting providing maternity services to women.

Many graduates have established practices with their colleagues or joined an existing midwifery practice.

Midwives have the opportunity to develop skills in health management areas, education, and women's health settings and to participate and undertake research projects as well as work with other health professionals to enhance health care provision for women and their families.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Bachelor of Midwifery

FULL-TIME - 3 Years

Learn how to confidently nurture pregnant women through one of life's most meaningful events.

Information
Type Degree
Code CH3991
Application close date 1 September
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date 1 September
Credits 480
Level 7
Additional Equipment/Fees Approx $2000 - $4500 per year including text books and equipment plus travel and accommodation expenses for satellite students attending compulsory block weeks in Christchurch. $200 National Midwifery Exam (Year 3).
May be eligible for Studylink? Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference CH3991-STRU

Fees for 2020

Domestic costs
$10,090 - $11,330 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$427
International costs
$30,660 per year
International Levy
$697.80
Valid To
December 31, 2020

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$10,500 - $11,300 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$427
International costs
$31,580 per year
International Levy
$697.80
Valid To
December 31, 2021
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Additional Entry Requirements

Complete a written statement which discusses the recent work/life experience relevant to midwifery and/or women's health.

  • Disclose any health or learning issues which may affect the applicant's ability to meet the academic and/or practical requirements of the programme.
  • Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via two referee reports.
  • Consent to Disclosure of Information - Successful applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form.
  • Hold a current Class 1 Driver Licence.
  • Hold a valid first aid certificate (minimum 12 hours) covering NQF unit standards 6400, 6401 and 6402).
  • Have basic computer skills prior to starting the programme.

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Credit Recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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