Standards for pre-registration midwifery programmes
Part 3 of Realising professionalism: Standards for education and training
These new standards may be used from 31 January 2020.
If you have any questions about implementing the standards, please feel free to email us.
Our new Standards for pre-registration midwifery programmes set out the entry requirements, length of programme, methods of assessment and the level of award.
This is important information for midwives in training and education providers.
Education institutions must comply with our standards to be approved to run any NMC-approved programmes.
Student midwives must successfully complete an NMC-approved pre-registration programme in order to meet the Standards of proficiency for registered midwives and join our register.
How to read these standards
Standards for pre-registration midwifery programmes follow the student journey and are grouped under the following five headings:
- Selection, admission and progression
Standards about an applicant’s suitability and continued participation in a pre-registration midwifery programme
Standards for the content, delivery and evaluation of the pre-registration midwifery programme
- Practice learning
Standards specific to pre-registration learning that takes place in practice settings
- Supervision and assessment
Standards for safe and effective supervision and assessment of students on pre-registration midwifery programmes
- Qualification to be awarded
Standards about the academic award and registering the student’s award with us
Using the standards
It's important to read these standards along with other parts of Realising professionalism: Standards for education and training:
Reading them together provides a complete picture of:
- what midwives need to know and be able to do, by the time they register with us
- what approved education institutions (AEIs) and their practice learning partners must provide when delivering education and training courses
How these standards were developed
Since 2017 we have been developing these standards with input from stakeholders across the UK.
We put our proposals to consultation in spring 2019 and were pleased to have more than 1,600 responses.
We listened closely to the feedback we received, and made several positive changes to the standards as a result.
Find out more about how these midwifery standards were developed.