University Entrance as defined by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority:
- NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at Level 3 and 20 credits at Level 2 or higher) which must include:
- 18 credits at Level 3 in each of biology or chemistry**
- a minimum of 16 credits at Level 3 in an English language rich subject such as English, history, art history, classical studies, geography or economics
- a further 16 credits at Level 3 in one other subject from the list of NZQA approved subjects^
- Literacy^ - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing, AND
- Numeracy^ - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627).
**We recommend that if you don't have a minimum of 18 credits at Level 3 in BOTH biology and chemistry, you have at least 16 credits at Level 2 in your secondary subject.
^ For NZQA approved subjects, visit http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance
- OR for applicants over 20, you have a Level 4 Health Science bridging course qualification with a laboratory component (this includes any Level 4 New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation). A Level 4 B+ average is required for entry including a B+ in a Level 4 bioscience course.
- OR you have a bachelor's degree in any discipline (additional bioscience courses may be recommended).
- OR you can demonstrate equivalence to the above academic entry criteria.
You must also:
- provide testimony of two referees. One referee report should be provided by an employer or community group representative and the other must be from someone who can comment on your academic ability. Referees must be people of standing in the community who are not friends or relatives of the applicant. If you have not studied in the last five years a second professional referee may be contacted instead of an academic referee.. Please see more information about the referee reports in the completing your application section below.
- submit your curriculum vitae and an application essay (topic available during application period) demonstrating your commitment to midwifery and any life experience relevant to midwifery and/or women’s health.
- demonstrate self-responsibility in relation to learning and practice and the personal qualities appropriate for midwifery practice such as strong communication skills and a demonstrated interest in women's and childrens health.
- provide a health declaration and current comprehensive First Aid Certificate (including proficiency in CPR – NQF unit standards 6401 and 6402 OR equivalent).
- provide a conviction declaration and you will be required to provide permission for a Police Check to ensure you meet the requirements of the Vulnerable Children's Act 2014.
- provide a copy of your full driver’s license.
- have good computer skills.
International students for whom English is not a first language, who come from countries with a visa decline rate of more than 20%
- You must demonstrate English language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 7.0, with no less than 6.5 in writing and reading, and no less than 7.0 in speaking and listening OR
- You must demonstrate a score from an internationally-recognised test equivalent to the required IELTS level.
- This score must come from one test taken in the preceding two years. This is a Midwifery Council requirement and the School is not able to make exceptions to this.
Domestic students for whom English is not a first language and international students from countries with a visa decline rate of less than 20%
View visa decline rates by country here.
Bridging options if you don't meet the entry requirements
The Health Bridging Certificate offered by the School of Social Services acts as a bridging programme into this midwifery qualification. A minimum B+/75 average pass, achieved across four courses during semester two, is required to meet the academic entry requirements into the Bachelor of Midwifery. This MUST include a B+/75 in Bioscience 2.
The Health Bridging Certificate is also ideal if you need to update specific knowledge and skills, and demonstrate your academic ability. Distance options are available.
Please note: Due to the high demand for places, successful completion of the Health Bridging Certificate (Level 4) will not automatically guarantee you entry into the Bachelor of Midwifery programme.