Available to:
Domestic students only.
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
Duration:

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2018 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Brisbane (7/88)
  • Melbourne (88.65)

Description

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 over 1000 hours of 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.

Possible career paths include:

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

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

Course duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Melbourne (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
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 UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
HLSC111
The Person, health and wellbeing
MIDW113
Midwifery care of the pregnant woman
(Pre: HLSC122, MIDW127)
MIDW100
Clinical midwifery practice 1
(Pre: MIDW127)
Year 2 - Semester 1 MIDW246
Midwifery care of the postnatal woman and family
(Pre: MIDW127)
BIOL122
Human biological science 2
(Pre: BIOL121)
MIDW216
Midwifery care of the birthing woman
(Pre: MIDW100, MIDW113)
MIDW200
Clinical midwifery practice 2
(Pre: MIDW100)
Year 2 - Semester 2 HLSC220
Health care ethics
MIDW215
Perinatal mental health
(Pre: MIDW113, MIDW246, MIDW100)
MIDW217
Midwifery care of the woman with complex needs
(Pre: BIOL122, MIDW200, MIDW216)
MIDW201
Clinical midwifery practice 3
(Pre: MIDW200, MIDW216)
Year 3 - Semester 1 UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
MIDW350
The profession of midwifery
(Pre: MIDW217)
MIDW335
Babies needing extra care
(Pre: MIDW201, MIDW217)
MIDW300
Clinical midwifery practice 4: caring for babies
(Pre: MIDW201)
Year 3 - Semester 2 MIDW353
The inquiring midwife
(Pre: MIDW217)
MIDW351
Global perspectives on midwifery
(Pre: MIDW217)
MIDW301
Clinical midwifery practice 5
(Pre: MIDW300)
 

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
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.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

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

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $6909 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

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.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with 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.

Queensland

  • Prerequisites: English (4, SA).

Victoria

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

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2018

OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer 3 1
Median OP to receive an offer 9 5
Lowest OP to receive an offer 10 7
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer 96 99
Median Rank to receive an offer 83 92
Lowest Rank to receive an offer 80 88
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 96.45 98.35
Median ATAR to receive an offer 87.95 91.93
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 82.55 86.35

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
57 52.29%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 22 20.18%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
6 5.50%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of OP/Rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 18 16.51%
Recent secondary education admitted where both OP/Rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum OP/Rank) 5 4.59%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/Rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/Rank requirement) <5 N/P
International students 0 0.00%
All students 109 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
88 75.21%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 7 5.98%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 10 8.55%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 8 6.84%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) <5 N/P
International students 0 0.00%
All students 117 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

Applying for admission

Brisbane, Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units. Note - you may need to complete up to 8 units (equivalent to one year fulltime) and achieve more than a pass grade to gain entry to this course

Career paths

Graduates can pursue a range of careers including: midwife, consultant midwife, special care nurseries, clinical specialist, pre-natal educator, researcher, family care and child health centre professional.

Professional experience

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 www.wil.acu.edu.au to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

Uniforms

Students are required to purchase and wear an ACU student midwife uniform during clinical components of the course. Details regarding uniform purchase is available via ACU's Work Integrated Learning site www.wil.acu.edu.au.

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.

Volunteer experience

Students may 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.

English language requirements

Academic IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 (with minimum scores of 6.5 in all tests).

See English language proficiency (Schedule 2) for details.

Pathways to further study

An Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.75, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours).

The Faculty of Health Sciences offers a suite of postgraduate coursework degrees with specialties including mental health, clinical education, health administration as well as leadership and management in health care.

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