midwife listening to foetal heart beat of pregnant belly

Bachelor of Midwifery


Course details

On-campus block courses are held at the Wintec City Campus (Hamilton). Attendance at these block courses is compulsory for all students. Further compulsory attendance is required on scheduled Education Fridays at either one of the regional hubs (Tauranga, Rotorua, Hawkes Bay and Whakatane) or Wintec City Campus.


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 responsible for the wellbeing of women and babies, and support families safely and appropriately.

Clinical placements and tutorials are held in regional hubs, so that students can complete most of their clinical experience close to home.

Compulsory 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 14 times in Year One, 11 times in Year Two, and six times in Year Three for a week at a time. Hours of block days are 8-5pm Monday to Thursday, and Friday 8am-12pm. Click here to view schedule.

This programme is studied full-time and must be completed within four years, as prescribed by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand.

The first year is mainly theory-based, the second year is split between practical and theory, and the third year is predominantly practical.

During the programme students will be able to apply their knowledge in clinical placements at primary units (eg birth centres), hospitals, with community 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 has been designed to provide students with a direct pathway to starting a career as a midwife.

What you'll learn

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

View programme modules

Year 1- Level 5 modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisites
HSMW511Introduction to Midwifery Knowledge and Skills515 
HSMW512Professional and Therapeutic Interaction in Midwifery515 
HSMW513Constructions of Knowledge515 
HSMW514Human Anatomy and Physiology A515 
HSMW521Developing Midwifery Practice515HSMW511, HSMW512, HSMW513, HSMW514
HSMW522Pregnancy and Birth A515HSMW511, HSMW512, HSMW513, HSMW514
HSMW523Te Whare Kōhanga - Bicultural Frameworks for Midwifery Practice515HSMW512, HSMW513
HSMW524Human Anatomy and Physiology B515HSMW514
HSMW531Mother and Baby Dyad530HSMW521, HSMW522, HSMW523, HSMW524
HSMW532Midwifery Practice and the Childbearing Year515HSMW521, HSMW522, HSMW523, HSMW524


Year 2 - Level 6 modules

Group A

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisites
HSMW611Continuity in Midwifery Practice630HSMW531, HSMW532
HSMW612Pregnancy and Birth B615HSMW531, HSMW532
HSMW613Women's Health Assessment615HSMW531, HSMW532
HSMW621Complications and Conditions630HSMW611, HSMW612, HSMW613
HSMW622Women’s Health and Midwifery Practice615 
HSMW621Complications and Conditions in Midwifery Practice A630HSMW611, HSMW612, HSMW613
HSMW631Pharmacology for Midwifery Practice615 
HSMW632Complications and Conditions in Midwifery Practice B615 


Year 3 - Level 7 modules

Group A

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisites
HSMW711Complexity, Diversity and Frameworks for Midwifery Practice730HSMW631, HSMW632
HSMW712Complexity and Diversity in Midwifery Practice730HSMW631, HSMW632
HSMW713Rangahau and Research Methods for Midwifery715 
HSMW721Integrating Midwifery A730HSMW711, HSMW712
HSMW722Integrating Midwifery B730HSMW711, HSMW712, HSMW713
HSMW731Transition to Practice730HSMW721, HSMW722
HSMW732Elective Practicum715HSMW711

Career/further opportunities

Graduates will be eligible to sit the National Midwifery Examination to become a registered midwife. The Bachelor of Midwifery may lead to employment as a registered midwife in the community (self-employed), hospitals, or birthing units.

Application process

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

  • 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 the Wintec Immunisation Form and a Wintec Bachelor of Midwifery Medical certificate.
  • 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


Entry criteria

General academic admission

a. 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; or a minimum of 16 credits at level 2 biology or chemistry if the applicant has not studied these subjects at level 3; 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, Religious Studies or Media Studies); and
  3. a minimum of 16 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher in one additional approved subjectand
  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.

b. Candidates aged under 20 years must meet the general academic admission criteria as detailed above.

c. 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.

d. 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.

e. 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:

  1. Evidence of academic equivalence of the above qualifications; or
  2. Evidence of ability to study successfully at degree level;or
  3. 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.

Selection criteria

a) Candidates will be required to complete:

  1. Self-declaration of criminal convictions, and
  2. Self-declaration of mental and physical condition, and
  3. One written reference.

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.

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 written health and immunity status assessment from their health practitioner.
b) Candidates must hold a current First Aid Certificate prior to undertaking any clinical practice module in the programme.

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.

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.

Want to see full details of the entry criteria?
Don't meet the entry criteria?


Health and social practice pathway diagram

Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at info@wintec.ac.nz.

Your first day

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.

Induction day (and first day of teaching)

Year one students semester 1 - all intakes:

Date: Monday 10 February 2020
Time: 8.00am-5.00pm
Venue: A1.04, A Block first floor, City Campus

Returning students:

Your first day of class is timetabled, please check the timetable link below.

What you will need

What to bring on your first day:

  • Student ID number, log in and password details
  • Pen and paper
  • Your laptop

If not submitted to the Student Enrolment and Information Centre, if possible, please bring a copy of your:

  • Comprehensive first aid certificate
  • The health declaration
  • Immune/Vaccination Status- completed form
  • Please bring two photo ID's (e.g driver's licence and passport) with you for the VCA applicatrion that will be done in class during the week including the names of two referees.
  • Wintec will welcome all our Centre for Health and Social Practice (CHASP) students with a special pōwhiri on your first day. Further information about this will be available on the Wintec website. 

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri  - Your official welcome to Wintec

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. Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Kura Cloud $65.00 for Year 1

Kura Cloud $32.50 for Year 2

Uniform: Approximately $79-$99 each top. Navy or black pants or knee-length skirts make up the full uniform along with sensible, sturdy flat black leather shoes.

Health screening costs. Blood tests and inoculations/vaccinations - up to $500.00

Comprehensive first aid cert. Needs to be valid for throughout year 1 - $120-240

Reliable car (plus petrol) to get to main campus classes and for when on clinical practice. Parking on the main campus incurs a fee.

Accommodation costs for clinical placements out of home areas, and for hub students when on city campus.

Reliable cell phone with a professional answerphone message

New Zealand College of Midwives Membership - $54.00

Required textbooks $450-$600.

Additional information

Vulnerable Children Act (VCA) Safety Check
Wintec is required by law, under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, to safety check students enrolled in programmes that include placements where they could be working with children or young people under 18 years old.
The safety check will be completed at your induction and will require you to complete an NZ police vetting form, a questionnaire and provide the contact details of a referee we can email, as well as additional forms of ID (one of which must be a photo ID).
If you would like more information about the Vulnerable Children Act or the safety checking process you can visit www.wintec.ac.nz/VCA



Bachelor of Midwifery Required Textbooks

A required and recommended booklist is available on Wintec’s website and at the information evening for applicants

Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

First aid certificate

At the start of the programme you will be asked to provide a copy of a current Comprehensive First Aid Certificate - this is a requirement for clinical placement.

Health status

At the start of your programme you will be asked to provide evidence of you immunity and vaccination status; 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 Wintec’s Immunisation Form, available at www.wintec.ac.nz/immunisation. 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 8.00am to 4.00pm, Phone 07 834 8869.


Our uniform supplier will be at WINTEC, week beginning 11 February, to custom fit uniforms to order.

Uniforms cost $80


Clinical placement

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. Restricted driver’s license is only workable in the first year. A full driver’s license is required for year 2 and year 3 of study.

Prospectus (course guide)

The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.

Access your copy of the Wintec Prospectus

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