Bachelor of Midwifery

Course information for - 2022 entry

Offered at 2 locations

Study mode
Attendance
Duration
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
QTAC code
115512
ATAR
93.00 for Brisbane
Fees (first year)*

$5818 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 - February , Semester 2 - To be advised

Overview

The Bachelor of Midwifery is for those who want to become registered midwives and work in maternity settings such as hospitals, birth centres and other community agencies.

This midwifery course will teach you how to:

  • manage normal pregnancy and childbirth
  • provide effective postnatal, maternal and newborn care to women and their newborn infant
  • provide safe and reliable care that meets the individual psychological, emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs of women.

Bachelor of Midwifery students will do midwifery clinical practice throughout the course in hospital and community settings. The students will also engage with a minimum of ten women to follow their pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care journey called their Continuity of Care Experiences (CCE). This experience involves the student recruiting the woman in early pregnancy and attending appointments throughout. If possible, the student attends the labour and birth and follows the woman after discharge home up to six weeks following birth.

A graduate entry program is available to registered nurses and paramedics.

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Professional experience

Bachelor of Midwifery students will do over 1000 hours of midwifery clinical practice throughout the course in hospital and community settings.

Work placement

Students will undertake clinical placements at maternity hospitals and community facilities across Australia. The first clinical placement begins in the first year of the program. Our clinical partners are very important to us and range from small maternity units to large tertiary hospitals. Examples of partners in Victoria include The Mercy Hospital for Women, Monash Health, The Royal Women’s Hospital and St Vincent’s Private Hospital. In Queensland partners include the Mater Health Service, St Vincent’s Private Hospital and Redcliffe Hospital. There are many more partners including rural health services where students experience placement.

As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

Students may also apply to take part in a community engagement elective in the third year of their studies that offers the opportunity to study a number of women during their pregnancies and undertake approved available overseas study. This presents students with the opportunity to experience different cultural health practices and services.

Professional recognition

Eligible graduates can apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra). To obtain further information relating to Registration Standards for Midwives visit the Ahpra website.

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Careers

Our graduates have pursued career in:

  • registered midwife within maternity settings
  • consultant midwife
  • clinical specialist
  • antenatal educator
  • researcher
  • family care
  • independent midwifery practitioner
  • special care nurseries

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Midwifery, a student must complete 240 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1

HLSC120 Indigenous Health and Culture

BIOL121 Human Biological Science 1

HLSC122 Evidence for Practice

MIDW127 Foundations in Midwifery

Year 1 - Semester 2

Core Curriculum

100 level unit: 

Either

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society

or

PHCC102 Being Human

or

PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life

HLSC111 The Person, Health and Wellbeing

MIDW113 Midwifery Care of the Pregnant Woman


MIDW100 Clinical Midwifery Practice 1


Year 2 - Semester 1

MIDW246 Midwifery Care of the Postnatal Woman and Family


BIOL122 Human Biological Science 2


MIDW216 Midwifery Care of the Birthing Woman


MIDW200 Clinical Midwifery Practice 2


Year 2 - Semester 2

HLSC220 Health Care Ethics

MIDW215 Perinatal Mental Health


MIDW217 Midwifery Care of the Woman with Complex Needs


MIDW201 Clinical Midwifery Practice 3


Year 3 - Semester 1

Core Curriculum

300 level unit: 

Either

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World

or

PHCC320 The Just Society

MIDW350 The Profession of Midwifery


MIDW335 Babies Needing Extra Care


MIDW300 Clinical Midwifery Practice 4: Caring for Babies


Year 3 - Semester 2

MIDW353 The Inquiring Midwife

MIDW351 Global Perspectives on Midwifery


MIDW301 Clinical Midwifery Practice 5


This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Additional course information

Classes

Class sizes: Your class size will depend on the unit you are studying, whether or not that unit is taught across different degrees and on which campus you are studying . You can expect around 100 students in your lectures. Tutorial classes have up to about 30 students and there are normally three to four day and time options to choose from via the timetable. Laboratory classes are smaller in size and there are more to choose from. Labs run for two hours and are compulsory as our clinical partners need to know that you have practised skills in a simulated environment before practising on any woman or baby.

 In 2021, there were approximately 65 first year students at our Melbourne Campus, and approximately 114 at our Brisbane campus.

Contact hours: You can expect to have approximately 15 hours per week on campus with additional studies required in your own time, plus any clinical practice from the end of first year.

We understand the need for flexibility when it comes to your studies. Lectures are delivered online and tutorials are either face to face or online. Lectures provide an opportunity to engage with the lecturer and at times guest lecturers who provide specialist insights into the course content. Tutorials are where critical exploration of key concepts and development of attributes takes place. This is achieved through activities including group work, debate and role play.

Lectures and many tutorials are recorded and are made available online for students who cannot attend in person. Due to the lack of interactivity, recordings clearly do not provide the learning experience that face-to-face provides, however, post-COVID face-to-face lectures/tutorials may not always be possible.

 Sample assessments

Assessments are a combination of essays, quizzes, examinations and class presentations on campus. When you are undertaking your clinical experience, you will also have practical assessments which are called MCATs (Midwifery Clinical Assessment Tools). The following is an example of the assessments for one particular unit:

 MIDW127 - Foundations in Midwifery

• Written assignments (40 per cent): knowledge and understanding of beginning clinical skills.

• Oral presentation (20 per cent): key issues in foundational midwifery practice.

• Examination (40 per cent) (two hours).

• Portfolio (pass/fail): showcase clinical experiences.

Overseas study available

Each year ACU’s Faculty of Health Sciences offers a number of opportunities for students to undertake community engagement activity with an international partner organisation as part of their studies. These activities are facilitated through our ACU overseas partners. Most of these experiences are offered to students enrolled in their third or final year of study at ACU.

You may also be able to choose to study health sciences units at ACU’s Rome Campus over the June - July or December - January breaks. Units on offer include indigenous health and culture, and justice and change in a global world.

Examples of countries where Bachelor of Midwifery students may be able to join a Short Term International Study Experience (STISE) (link to: https://www.acu.edu.au/study-at-acu/study-overseas/study-tours-and-short-programs/study-health-sciences-overseas/short-term-international-study-experience) include Vanuatu (Port Vila) and Timor Leste; this engagement occurs as part of community engagement in the unit MIDW351 Global Context of Midwifery. We are always looking to expand these opportunities.

Note: overseas study opportunities are subject to program availability and to public health restrictions in place at the planned time of travel.

To find out more, visit: www.acu.edu.au/study-at-acu/study-overseas/study-tours-and-short-programs/study-health-sciences-overseas/

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

All students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent.

StatePrerequisites

Queensland

English (Units 3 & 4, C)

Victoria

Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

New South Wales

Assumed knowledgeNil

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2022 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

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Applicants with recent secondary education

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If your school result was affected by circumstances outside of your control, such as financial hardship, illness, disability or a challenging home environment, you may qualify for an access scheme. You can apply through your TAC as part of your application process.

Learn more about access schemes

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

For current year 12 students

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency-based and graded AQF Certificate III or above.

For non-school leavers

If you’ve completed, or are completing a competency-based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements.

ACU has partnerships with ACU College, TAFE, and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study.

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have completed at least two units of AQF-recognised study at bachelor level or above, you’ll be assigned a selection rank based on your study level, duration and grade point average that will be applied during the admission process.

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner.

Learn more about recognition of prior learning

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.

  • If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.
  • If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.
  • You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.
  • If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

Find your path into study

English language requirements

Applicants need to meet the English Language Requirements as stipulated in Schedule 3 of the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you

Pathways

Pathways into course for current or recent Year 12 students

If you can’t meet the ATAR requirement for your choice of course and you’re currently completing Year 12 or finished Year 12 in the two years previously, we have entry programs to get you where you want to be.

Understand your pathway options

Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

Are you applying to ACU as a non-school leaver?

By that we mean, you’re not currently completing Year 12 and haven’t completed it in the two years previously. If the answer is yes and your selection rank isn’t enough to meet the requirements for your desired course you still have a number of options to help you achieve your study goals.

If you’re over 21, you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT), or you can complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course.

Explore the pathways to your future

Further study

An Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.5, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours).

The Faculty of Health Sciences offers a number of postgraduate coursework degrees suitable for Bachelor of Midwifery graduates including in clinical education, health administration, leadership and management in health care, public health and dietetic practice.

Further study courses at ACU

You can find out more on postgraduate programs in Health Sciences here – https://www.acu.edu.au/about-acu/faculties-directorates-and-staff/faculty-of-health-sciences/postgraduate-study-in-health-sciences

Fees

Course costs

Average first year fee*

$5818 CSP

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options

Scholarships

You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.

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How to apply

Domestic applicants

Brisbane

Apply through QTAC

QTAC code 115512

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

 

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