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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.

Standards for pre-registration midwifery programmes

Our Standards for pre-registration midwifery programmes have been in effect since 31 January 2020.

These 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.

If you can't find what you're looking for, feel free to email us.

Why are our standards are important

Our standards are important because education institutions must comply with them 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 be able join our register.

Our standards framework

Our 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
  • Curriculum
    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 will give you:

  • Clarity on what midwives need to know and be able to do, by the time they register with us
  • Our expectations of what approved education institutions and their practice learning partners must do for delivering NMC-approved programmes for nurses, midwives and nursing associates.

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.