Give birth to an inspirational career with midwifery
Make a difference to the lives of women and their families with UC’s innovative Bachelor of Midwifery. Upon completion of this three-year full-time or five-year part-time degree, you’ll play a vital role in building strong communities as a creative and socially valuable midwife.
The degree accepts a small cohort of students each year, which allows for a highly flexible and personalised learning experience, giving you the opportunity to develop a very special bond with your fellow midwifery students.
The Bachelor of Midwifery offers Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities in a variety of practice areas and starts early in your first year of full-time study. Over the course of your degree, you’ll undertake a total of 1310 hours of clinical placements, including the provision of woman-centred care to 22 women during their journey through pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period. The course has an extremely high graduate employment rate, and feedback from industry is that it produces ‘sensational’ midwives.
Study a Bachelor of Midwifery at UC and you will:
- work with women in pregnancy, labour, birth and early parenting using a primary health framework
- participate in WIL placements, including rostered and on call shifts tending to women in labour and birth
- learn to contribute to the development of services, policies and research into maternity care now and as a future leader
- work at individual, family and community levels to facilitate all women’s rights to, and responsibilities in, active participation in their maternity care
- contribute to new understandings of midwifery and other work by participating in research activities
- experience a variety of workplace settings, including birth centres, regional and rural maternity units, and tertiary hospitals.
Work Integrated Learning (WIL)
WIL is essential to the process of becoming a midwife. With a total of 1310 practice hours across the three years of this course, UC invests significantly in WIL compared with other universities. From the moment you begin your studies, you’ll engage in clinical practice experience across a range of ACT Health and Southern NSW maternity settings, such as Calvary Public Hospital, Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, and Queanbeyan District Hospital.
You’ll support the birth journeys of 22 individual women during your time on the course and will graduate job-ready, with an in-demand qualification from an innovative university.
If you would like to undertake international work experience, opportunities exist to participate in two-week Study Abroad WIL programs in places such as South-East Asia and the South Pacific. You’ll also be encouraged to join the University of Canberra Midwifery Society, which has student engagement as a primary focus.
Please note: throughout your degree you will be working in continuity with women and will be required to attend their regular antenatal and postnatal visits, and be on call for the woman’s labour and birth. The nature of continuity work means that you will need flexibility in both your personal and professional life and be able to adjust your commitments accordingly.
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Midwifery, you’ll be eligible to register as a midwife in Australia across a variety of settings, including rural and remote areas, hospitals, birth centres, communities and in women’s homes.
This course is accredited with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Graduating students will be eligible to apply for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
This course has an early closing date to submit applications (October 31 every year). To apply you will be required to:
(i) have completed Year 12 or a similar level of study
(ii) meet normal University requirements for admission to an undergraduate course and
(iii) submit a curriculum vitae (CV) and a written response to the questions included on the supplementary application form https://www.canberra.edu.au/about-uc/faculties/health/documents/supplementary-forms/Supplementary-Application-for-Midwifery.pdf
Applications are judged on both how well they meet the admission requirements (i) and (ii) and how well they consider the issues raised in the supplementary questions (iii).
Admission to this course is competitive. Applications will be assessed on the basis of academic merit and the number of available places.
Please be advised that if you submit your application after the advertised closing date, your application may not be considered.
Additional Admission Requirements
National Police Check, Immunisations, TB Screening, Working with Vulnerable People Registration, NSW Health forms (Code of Conduct Agreement, TB Assessment Tool, Student Declaration).
Information on admission closing dates can be found here.
English Language Requirements
There are non-standard English language requirements for admission to this course that must be met by all candidates. To be eligible candidates must demonstrate English language proficiency via one of the following: A) English Language Assessment Test results from one of the following English proficiency tests: Overall academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no band score below 7.0, or an OET grade of B including any of the sub-tests, or TOEFL iBT with an overall score of 94 & minimum scores of 24 in Listening, 24 in Reading, 27 in Writing and 23 in Speaking, or PTE Academic score of 65 overall with no skill score below 65. B) Primary Language Pathway having undertaken six years of primary & secondary education taught & assessed in English, including at least two years between years 7 & 12 from one of the following recognised countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, & the USA.
Information for Fee Paying Students
The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.
Typical Study Pattern
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Standard Full Time, Semester 1 Commencing
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- Semester 1
- Winter Term
- Semester 2
- Year 2
- Year 3
Standard Part Time, Semester 1 Commencing
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- Professional Orientation (Midwifery)
- Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology (10298) (or Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology (10298) or Systemic Anatomy and Physiology (6529) in Year 1, Semester 2)
- Indigenous Health: Contemporary Issues (7434) (or in Year 2, Winter Term or Year 3, Semester 2)
- Growing a Family
- Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology (10298) or Systemic Anatomy and Physiology (6529) (or Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology (10298) in Year 1, Semester 1)
- Semester 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
- Year 4
- Year 5
- Standard Full Time, Semester 1 Commencing
- Bachelor of Midwifery (72 credit points)
Required - Must pass 69 credit points as follows
- 7434 - Indigenous Health: Contemporary Issues - 3 cp, Level 2
- 11294 - Professional Orientation (Midwifery) - 3 cp, Level 1
- 11295 - Women In Pregnancy and Beyond - 9 cp, Level 2
- 11296 - Complexity in Early Parenting - 3 cp, Level 2
- 11297 - Pharmacology and Diagnostics in Midwifery - 3 cp, Level 2
- 11298 - Women in Labour and Beyond - 9 cp, Level 2
- 11299 - Continuity Midwifery A - 6 cp, Level 3
- 11300 - Sharing Contemporary Knowledge in Midwifery - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11301 - Perinatal Mental Health - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11302 - Frameworks for Midwifery - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11303 - Continuity Midwifery B - 6 cp, Level 3
- 11304 - Professional Evidence (Midwifery) - 3 cp, Level 3
- 11333 - With Woman With Child - 6 cp, Level 1
- 11334 - The Work of Birth - 6 cp, Level 1
- 11335 - Growing a Family - 3 cp, Level 1
- Restricted Choice - Must pass 3 credit points from the following
For a list of breadth majors and minors follow this link. Other majors may also be available so seek course advice if you want more information.
In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course.
Taught over nine teaching periods full time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.
Unit Delivery Modes
Each unit within your course may be offered through the following delivery modes:
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|Flexible:||The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.|
|Intensive:||The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.|
|On Campus:||The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.|
Check how each of your units are delivered in the Course Requirements section.
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|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
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ACT: English (T) major; Studies in Science (Chemistry and Biology) and Mathematics are highly recommended.
NSW: English Advanced; Studies in Science (Chemistry and Biology) and Mathematics are highly recommended.
|Bachelor of Midwifery||B Midwifery|
Alternate Exit Awards
- Diploma of Health Studies
- Associate Degree of Health Studies
Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)
In order for the Diploma of Health Studies to be awarded the student must have: a) completed 24 credit points with at least 12 credit points at Level 1 b) completed a minimum of 12 credit points at UC and c) obtained a minimum of 12 credit points in any of the health disciplines. In order for the Associate Degree in Health Studies to be awarded the student must have: a) completed 48 credit points with at least 12 credit points at Level 1 and 12 credit points at Level 2 b) completed a minimum of 24 credit points at UC and c) obtained a minimum of 24 credit points in any of the health disciplines.