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On-campus block courses are held at the Wintec Hamilton City Campus. Attendance at these block courses is compulsory for all students. Further compulsory attendance is required on scheduled Education Fridays at either one of the Wintec regional hubs (Tauranga, Rotorua, Hawkes Bay, Whakatane, and Gisborne) or Hamilton City Campus.
Please note, places on this programme are limited, and applications for the Tauranga Hub for 2022 are now closed.
This programme is for those who want to learn to confidently nurture and care for women through pregnancy, childbirth, and up to the first six weeks following birth. Students will gain a wide range of knowledge and skills to work autonomously, be fully responsible for the wellbeing of women and babies, and support families safely and appropriately.
Students study full-time and are required to complete the programme within five years, as prescribed by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). On application to MCNZ, a sixth study year may be approved. The first year is mainly theory-based, with the second and third-year split between practical and theory, and the fourth year is predominantly practical.
Offered across the Midland region, students can enrol to a regional hub in their local area. Please note, students can only sign up for regional hubs if they live in the catchment area of the specific hub and local DHB.
On-campus block courses are held in Hamilton throughout the programme. Attendance is compulsory for all students, due to the intensive, theory-heavy content of these classes. Students are responsible for organising their own transport and accommodation. Block courses take place 11 times in Year 1, for a week at a time. Hours of block days are 8am–5pm, Monday to Thursday, and Friday 8am-12pm. Finishing at lunchtime on a Friday will enable hub students from outside Waikato to travel safely in daylight hours back home.
Compulsory clinical placements and several scheduled tutorials, called Hub Education days, are usually held in regional hubs so that students can complete most of their clinical experience close to home. Students will have to undertake one four-week clinical placement outside their area during their study, usually in either year three or year four.
During the programme, students will be able to apply their knowledge in clinical placements at primary units (eg birth centres), secondary and tertiary DHB hospitals, with self-employed community midwives (LMC midwives), and other community services. Students will have the opportunity to follow women through their pregnancy, labour, birth, and postnatal care. On completion of the programme, students will be required to sit the National Midwifery Examination to become a registered midwife.
This unique programme structure has been designed to provide students with a direct pathway to starting a career as a midwife.
Modules are offered via mixed-mode delivery, so students must have computer competencies and be able to access a computer and the internet.
Level 5 modules
|Module code||Module title||Level||Credits||Pre-requisites|
|HSMW511||Introduction to Midwifery Knowledge and Skills||5||15|
|HSMW512||Professional and Therapeutic Interaction in Midwifery||5||15|
|HSMW513||Constructions of Knowledge||5||15|
|HSMW514||Human Anatomy and Physiology A||5||15|
|HSMW521||Developing Midwifery Practice||5||15||HSMW511, HSMW512, HSMW513, HSMW514|
|HSMW522||Pregnancy and Birth A||5||15||HSMW511, HSMW512, HSMW513, HSMW514|
|HSMW523||Te Whare Kōhanga - Bicultural Frameworks for Midwifery Practice||5||15||HSMW512, HSMW513|
|HSMW524||Human Anatomy and Physiology B||5||15||HSMW514|
|HSMW531||Mother and Baby Dyad||5||30||HSMW521, HSMW522, HSMW523, HSMW524|
|HSMW532||The Childbearing Year and Midwifery Practice||5||15||HSMW521, HSMW522, HSMW523, HSMW524|
Level 6 modules
|Module code||Module title||Level||Credits||Pre-requisites|
|HSMW612||Pregnancy and Birth B||6||15||HSMW522|
|HSMW641||Continuity in Midwifery Practice||6||30||HSMW531, HSMW532|
|HSMW642||Women's Health Assessment||6||15||HSMW531, HSMW532|
|HSMW643||Women’s Health and Midwifery Practice||6||15||HSMW531, HSMW532, HSMW533|
|HSMW651||Complications and Conditions||6||30||HSMW633, HSMW642|
|HSMW621||Complications and Conditions in Midwifery Practice||6||30||HSMW641, HSMW643|
|HSMW661||Pharmacology for Midwifery||6||15||HSMW524|
Level 7 modules
|Module code||Module title||Level||Credits||Pre-requisites|
|HSMW711||Complexity, Diversity and Frameworks for Midwifery||7||15||HSMW651, HSMW652|
|HSMW712||Complexity and Diversity in Midwifery Practice||7||30||HSMW651, HSMW652|
|HSMW771||Integrating Midwifery Practice||7||60||HSMW761, HSMW762|
|HSMW713||Rangahau and Research Methods for Midwifery||7||15|
|HSMW731||Transition to Practice||7||30||HSMW771|
Once you have submitted your application
After you have accepted your offer
General academic admission
a. Candidates who have no midwifery or nursing qualification must have gained University Entrance, including:
b. Candidates aged under 20 years must meet the general academic admission criteria as detailed above.
c. 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. Candidates will only be accepted for year 1, year 2 or year 3 into the programme. They will also need evidence of a B grade average (i.e. above a B minus average) and a letter of recommendation from the Head of Midwifery of the previous programme before they will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Midwifery programme.
d. Candidates who have completed an approved foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme in Health at Level 4, with 65% or higher in four subjects (one module must be science) will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Midwifery programme.
Applicants who achieved University Entrance through NCEA in 2020 will be assessed under separate NZQA entry requirements that take into account the impacts of COVID-19. Candidates must have gained University Entrance, including:
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:
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.
a) Candidates will be required to complete:
They may also be required to provide additional information and/or attend an interview/hui in order for their application to be assessed.
b) Candidates are required in their application to indicate whether they have been convicted of, or have been prosecuted for, a criminal offence. Candidates should be aware that, under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA Act (2003)), some types of criminal conviction may result in the Midwifery Council of New Zealand refusing to allow a person to register as a Midwife. Similarly, some types of criminal conviction may result in difficulty to obtain a clinical practice placement and therefore meet the requirements to pass the programme.
c) Candidates are required in their application to indicate whether they have had a mental and/or physical condition that may prevent them entering the Bachelor of Midwifery programme. Candidates are required under the HPCA Act (2003) to demonstrate that they are fit for registration as they progress through the programme. Candidates should be aware that, under the HPCA Act (2003), some types of convictions, physical or mental conditions, or professional or academic misconduct, may result in the Midwifery Council of New Zealand being unable to register a person as a Midwife.
d) Candidates are required to indicate in their application whether they hold a full driver’s license and if not, how they will meet the travel requirements associated with the on-call nature of clinical placements.
Safety check requirements
In order to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children’s Act, 2014 and Child Protection Policies for all ‘specified organisations’ providing a ‘regulated service’, all candidates/students will be subjected to safety checks. These will include, but are not limited to;
1) Referee Checks,
2) A Police Vet Check,
3) A Risk Assessment.
Applicants may also be required to attend an interview.
Any unsatisfactory result arising from the full safety checking process may result in the candidate/student being precluded/declined entry or withdrawn from the programme of study. Furthermore, students must declare any pending or new convictions arising during any stage throughout the entire enrolment period. A conviction or failure to declare a conviction may also result in the student being immediately withdrawn from the programme. Persons who are convicted of ‘specified offences’ will not be accepted onto any programme that requires that person to work in an organisation providing a regulated service.
Clinical practice requirements
a) Before undertaking clinical practice within the programme, candidates will be required to provide a signed Medical Certificate and immunisation status and/or evidence of vaccination from their health practitioner or designated registered health professional.
b) Candidates must hold a current Comprehensive (or full) First Aid Certificate covering NZQA Units 6400, 6401 and 6402 prior to undertaking any clinical practice module in the programme.
c) For registered health professionals entering the programme, a current Annual Practicing Certificate (APC) covers the First Aid Certificate requirements listed in b).
d) Candidates must meet all the clinical passport requirements on Moodle to be able to commence clinical practice placements.
English language requirements
Candidates who have English as an additional language are required to achieve in the International English Language Test System (IELTS) (academic version) with an overall score of 7.0 with not less than 6.5 in writing and comprehension; and not less than 7.0 in speaking and listening. A pass in the Occupational English Test (OET) is either A or B in each section. These scores must be achieved in one sitting of the IELTS or OET test.
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 need to brush up on your science knowledge, we have an online health science module that we can refer you into.
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.
To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.
Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.
What to bring on your first day
If not submitted to the Student Enrolment and Information Centre, if possible, please bring a copy of your:
Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.
You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.
Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.
Please find the course-related additional cost for midwifery here.
You can view the required and recommended booklist by clicking the above link. The list will also be given to you at the information evening you attend.
If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:
New Zealand-based suppliers
General book suppliers
At the start of your programme, you will be asked to provide evidence of your immunity and vaccinations; this is required for clinical placement. Your doctor or health provider may be able to confirm this from your medical records; otherwise, a blood test will be required. Please ask your doctor to complete the Immunisation Status and Vaccination Declaration. You will be required to cover the cost of any screening, treatment or vaccinations you may require.
Vaccinations are also available from Wintec Health, Counselling and Wellbeing Centre, located in A Block, open 8am to 4pm, phone 07 834 8869 to make an appointment.
Students are also required to submit a medical certificate. This must be signed by a medical practitioner.
Clinical practice placements in the programme may be out of your hub (Hamilton, Hawkes Bay, Rotorua, Tauranga or Whakatane). Transport to and from these placements, accommodation, and any extra costs required are the students' responsibility. Students with a restricted driver's licence will need to submit a plan on how they will get to clinical placements and births that happen between 10pm, and 7am for the first year of study. A full driver's license is required for year two, three and four of study.
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