Standards for post-registration programmes
Part 3 of our standards for education and training
These standards set out the entry and practice learning requirements, curriculum, length of programme, methods of assessment and the level of award for NMC-approved nursing, midwifery and nursing associate programmes. They have been designed so that students can get the most out of their education and learn the skills they need to become safe, effective and kind professionals.
Our Standards for post-registration programmes have been in effect since 1 September 2022. We re-published these standards in April 2023. None of the content has changed, we simply updated the introduction and design to align with our other standards publications.
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Why our standards are important
Our education and training standards help nursing, midwifery and nursing associate students achieve the NMC proficiencies and programme outcomes.
All nursing, midwifery and nursing associate professionals must practise in line with the requirements of the Code, the professional standards of practice and behaviour that nurses, midwives and nursing associates are expected to uphold.
The standards for education and training includes the standards framework for nursing and midwifery education, standards for student supervision and assessment, and programme standards specific to each approved programme.
Our Standards for education and training are set out in three parts:
- Part 1: Standards framework for nursing and midwifery education
- Part 2: Standards for student supervision and assessment
- Part 3: Programme standards
Our standards framework
Our standards for post-registration 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 post-registration SCPHN and/or community nursing SPQ
Standards for the content, delivery and evaluation of the post-registration SCPHN and / or community nursing SPQ programme
- Practice learning
Standards specific to learning that takes place in practice settings for students undertaking programmes leading to SCPHN and/or community nursing SPQ Supervision and assessment
Standards for safe and effective supervision and assessment of students on post-registration SCPHN and/ or community nursing SPQ programmes
- Qualification to be awarded
Standards about the academic award and registering the student’s SCPHN award and/or recording the student’s community nursing SPQ award with us
How these standards were developed
Since 2016 we have been developing our standards with input from stakeholders across the UK.
Find out more about how these standards were developed.