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Undergraduate

Midwifery

Bachelor of Science (Midwifery) - BSc(Midwifery) - B-MIDW Health Sciences
Minimum ATAR Not applicable This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.
STAT entry Written English and MC Verbal STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February
Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

This course is unavailable in 2018.

You can strive to help women have a healthy pregnancy and a satisfying birth experience.

This course emphasises the close integration of evidence-based theory and clinical practice. The theory content is comprehensive and includes physical, biological, psychological and social sciences.

You can gain clinical experience in a wide range of community and hospital settings, and will have opportunities for interprofessional learning across the duration of the course.

The clinical placements are coordinated with theory, and progress from simulation and observation visits to longer periods in maternity care settings. You’ll be involved in caring for women, babies and their families in supervised practice, appropriate to your academic level and experience.

You will also be required to recruit 10 pregnant women, over the three years of the course, to follow their pregnancy, birth and postnatal journey which will involve an on-call component.

Please note that student placements include night duty, weekends and may take place during semester break.

Because you will commence clinical placement in first semester it is important to start the process for health and legal checks as soon as you accept your place in this program. More information can be found here.

Take a Google Maps virtual tour of our simulated hospital environment.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Minimum ATAR: Not applicable This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites):

    None

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Human Biology ATAR and Integrated Science ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Applicants with higher education study Applicants with higher education study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, whether at a university or non-university provider.

  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites):

    None

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Human Biology ATAR and Integrated Science ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Minimum ATAR: Not applicable This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites):

    None

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Human Biology ATAR and Integrated Science ATAR
  • Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Applicants with work and life experience Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

'Experience' includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Minimum ATAR: Not applicable This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites):

    None

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Human Biology ATAR and Integrated Science ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other requirements and notes for this course

You must be available to undertake clinical practice during and/or outside semester in health care facilities. 

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Fees

Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

The requirements of this course may attract additional costs. For more information visit other fees and charges.

Professional recognition

The course is designed to meet the national midwifery education standards and upon graduating, you are eligible to apply for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Additional education requirements may be required if you wish to work in some other countries.

Advanced standing/credit transfer/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Midwife

As a midwife, you may work in a variety of settings such as clinics, hospitals, birthing centres, in the mother’s home and in regional health services. Hospital midwifery usually involves shift work. 

You may also work as a community-based midwife, working in shifts, on-call, or both. Your work may involve other aspects of women’s sexual and reproductive health, lactation consultancy and childcare. 

Other employment opportunities include research and policy development, which may have standard office working hours. Midwives, who have a highly developed knowledge base and many clinical skills, are in demand both nationally and internationally.

Why Midwifery?

  • This is the only midwifery-specific degree in Western Australia at undergraduate level. 
  • Industry partnerships are integrated with teaching and research programs. 
  • Comprehensive content.
  • Emphasis on the integration of evidence-based theory and clinical practice. 

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.