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Bachelor of Midwifery


  • Semester 1 starts January 2018
  • Duration: Three years full-time, block study
  • Fee Guideline: $9,304* per year (International students: Please click here for fee information)
  • Additional costs - read more here.
  • Campus: Hamilton City Campus for all mandatory classes and regional hubs in Tauranga, Gisborne, Rotorua, Hawkes Bay and Whakatane for clinical placements and some tutorials.

If you want to become a Midwife and provide care to women during pregnancy, labour and birth, and for up to six weeks following the birth, then this programme is right for you. Wintec works closely with the Waikato District Health Board and other DHBs in supporting this programme.

This programme is studied full-time and must be completed within four years. Your first year is mainly theory-based, the second year is split between practical and theory, and the third year is predominantly practical.

This programme delivers its theory classes in blocks of 5- consecutive days, spread throughout the year.  Attendance is compulsory for all students, due to the intensive, theory-heavy content of these classes.

All students must attend mandatory classes at the Hamilton City Campus and are responsible for organising their own transport and accommodation.

During the programme you will be able to apply your knowledge with hospital clinical placements and a midwife in community practice. This includes simulations and placement in maternity care settings. You will also have the opportunity to follow women through their pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care.

On completion of the programme you will be required to sit the National Midwifery Examination to become a registered midwife.

This unique programme has been designed to provide you with a direct pathway to starting a career as a midwife.


90% of Midwifery Degree Grads get relevant jobs*

“I didn’t choose midwifery. Midwifery chose me.”

* Graduate Destination Survey 2016

Programme Content

The modules include:

  • Midwifery Knowledge and Skills
  • Art and Science of Midwifery
  • Midwifery Practice
  • Lactation and Breastfeeding
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Normal Process of Childbirth
  • Human Biological Science
  • Cultural Safety
  • Childbirth Complexities
  • Health Research
  • The Well and Sick Baby

Modules are offered via mixed-mode delivery, so you must have computer competencies and be able to access a computer and the internet.

Useful Documents

*please note that the dates will change each year.



Group A

Year One

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
HLBM501Introduction to Midwifery Knowledge and Skills515
SCM501Human Structure and Function515
HLBM502Interpersonal Skills515
HLBM503Constructions of Knowledge515
HLBM504Introduction to Midwifery Practice515HLBM501,HLBM502, HLBM503, SCM501 HLBM506,HLBM508
HLBM505Lactation and Breastfeeding515HLBM501,HLBM502, HLBM503,HLBM504, HLBM506,HLBM508, SCM501
SCM502Human Biological Science515SCM501
HLBM506Art and Science of Midwifery I515HLBM501,HLBM502, HLBM503, SCM501 SCM502
HLBM507Midwifery Practice for Normal Birth I515HLBM501,HLBM502, HLBM503,HLBM504, HLBM506,HLBM508, SCM501,SCM502
HLBM508Cultural Frameworks for Midwifery Practice515HLBM501,HLBM502, HLBM503, SCM501
HLBM509Health Research515HLBM501,HLBM502, HLBM503,HLBM504, HLBM506,HLBM508, SCM501,SCM502
Total credits165

Year Two

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
HLBM601Midwifery Practice for Normal Birth II615All year 1 Modules HLBM602,HLBM603
HLBM602Midwifery Practice and the Normal Neonate615All year 1 Modules HLBM601,HLBM603
HLBM603Art and Science of Midwifery II615All year 1 Modules HLBM601,HLBM602, HLBM604
HLBM604Women's Health Assessment and the Midwife615All year 1 Modules HLBM603
HLBM606Exploring Women's Health and Midwifery Practice615All year 1 Modules,HLBM601,HLBM602, HLBM603, HLBM603, HLBM604
HLBM609Midwifery Practice: Complications of Childbirth II615All year 1 Modules,HLBM601,HLBM602, HLBM603, HLBM603, HLBM604,HLBM606, HLBM611,HLBM612
HLBM611Complicated Childbirth630All year 1 Modules HLBM612
HLBM612Midwifery Practice: Complications of Childbirth I615All year 1 Modules,HLBM601,HLBM602, HLBM603, HLBM603, HLBM604 HLBM611
SCM601Pharmacology for Professional Practice615All year 1 Modules,HLBM601,HLBM602, HLBM603, HLBM603, HLBM604,HLBM606, HLBM611,HLBM612
Total credits150

Year Three

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
HLBM701Complexity and Diversity in Practice730All Year 1 and year 2 modules HLBM703
HLBM702The Qualified Midwife715All Year 1 and year 2 modules
HLBM703Childbirth Complexities715All Year 1 and year 2 modules HLBM701
HLBM704Integrating Midwifery Practice I730All Year 1 and year 2 modules,HLBM701, HLBM702,HLBM703 HLBM705
HLBM705Integrating Midwifery Practice II730All Year 1 and year 2 modules,HLBM701, HLBM702,HLBM703 HLBM704
HLBM706Transition to Practice730All Year 1 and year 2 modules,HLBM701, HLBM702,HLBM703, HLBM704,HLBM705
HLBM707Elective Practicum715All Year 1 and year 2 modules,HLBM701, HLBM702,HLBM703, HLBM704,HLBM705 HLBM706
Total credits165

Graduate Opportunities

The Bachelor of Midwifery may lead to employment as a Registered Midwife in hospitals, birthing units and communities, or as a Lead Maternity Care Giver.

Entry Criteria

General Academic Admission

  1. Candidates who have no midwifery or nursing qualification must have gained University Entrance, including:
    1. a minimum of 18 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher in Biology or Chemistry; and
    2. a minimum of 16 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher in an English language-rich subject (such as English, History, Art History, Classics, Geography, Economics or Media Studies); and
    3. a minimum of 16 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher in one additional approved subject ( and
    4. Literacy (  (10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits each in reading and writing); and
    5. Numeracy ( (10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above); or
    6. Equivalent
  2. Candidates aged under 20 years must meet the general academic admission criteria as detailed above.
  3. Registered nurses seeking entry into the programme on the basis of their nursing qualification or nursing practice experience must hold registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand as a Registered Comprehensive Nurse, or a Registered General and Obstetric Nurse and must provide a Certificate of Good Standing from the Nursing Council of New Zealand.
  4. Registered health practitioners from other disciplines who have a qualification at Level 4 or above, seeking entry into the programme on the basis of their health professional qualification and practice experience must hold registration with the relevant regulatory authority in New Zealand and must provide a Certificate of Good Standing from that authority.
  5. Candidates who have studied on a Midwifery Degree programme at another institution will need to meet the Bachelor of Midwifery programme entry requirements or equivalent. They will also need evidence of a B grade average (i.e. above a B minus average) and a letter of recommendation and a confidential report on the student from the Head of School of the previous programme, before they will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Midwifery programme.

Special Admission

a) Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for Special Admission. Applicants will be required to produce:

i. Evidence of academic equivalence of the above qualifications, or

ii. Evidence of ability to study successfully at degree level.


iii. Have completed an approved foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme in Health at Level 4 with 65% or higher in all modules.

b) Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.

English Language Requirements

a) To be considered for admission to this programme, candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an overall International English Language Test System (IELTS) (Academic) band score of 7.0, with no less than 6.5 in writing and reading and no less than 7.0 in speaking and listening; or equivalent.

b) On completion of this programme and prior to registration, to comply with Midwifery Council of New Zealand Regulations, candidates will be required to demonstrate an overall IELTS of 7.5 with no less than 7.0 in any one band, or equivalent.  Achievement of this requirement is the sole responsibility of the student.

Application Process

  • Check out the Midwifery Step by Step Guide.
  • Apply online or download and complete an application to enrol form.
  • Complete the online Self-Disclosure form.
  • If you’re not sure if you meet the entry criteria complete the online Additional Information form so we’re able to assess your likelihood of success
  • If you have them, provide us with certified copies of your prior academic transcripts. Find out more about supporting material for enrolment here
  • We may also need to verify your identity (your legal name and date of birth) as well as your residency status. If you’re a domestic student we may be able to do this through your National Student Number (NSN), If we can’t we will need you to provide evidence of this by supplying verified copies of your birth certificate or passport.  

Take a look at the application checklist for Midwifery here

Once you’ve submitted your application

  • We’ll email you to confirm we’ve received it and let you know if there’s anything more we need from you.
  • We’ll assess your application and let you know the outcome.
  • If you’re accepted to study, we’ll send you an enrolment offer letter – you’ll need to accept this to confirm your place on the programme. Click here to find out more about enrolment and accepting your offer.

After you’ve accepted your offer

  • You can register for a Get Prepared session with our midwifery team that will help you prepare for your study.
  • If you don’t have a current Comprehensive First Aid Certificate (NZQA units 6400, 6401 and 6402) you’ll need to complete this before you start the programme.
  • At the start of the programme, you’ll need to provide evidence of your immunity and vaccination status. Your doctor will need to complete Wintec’s Immunisation Form.
  • During your induction, you will be required to complete a number of safety checks to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014. You can find out more about the safety check process and the Vulnerable Children Act here

Don't Meet the Entry Criteria?

There are pathways to help you get where you want to be. You could start with the Te Ara Pūtake My Academic Pathway, or if you just need to brush up on your science knowledge, check out this course.

Please note if you are under 20 years of age you will not be eligible to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Midwifery unless you have met the requirements of NCEA level 3.

After completing the Te Ara Pūtake My Academic Pathway and reaching the age of 20 years, you may apply for entry into the Bachelor of Midwifery programme.

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