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Midwife student

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) sets standards, guidance and requirements for nursing and midwifery programmes of education across the United Kingdom (UK). They do this because they have a responsibility, as the regulator of nurses and midwives in the UK to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the public, as required by the Nursing and Midwifery Order (2001).

The Standards for Pre-Registration Midwifery Education (2009) set out what midwifery students must demonstrate to be fit for practice at the point of registration with the NMC and incorporate requirements to meet the European Union Directive 2005/36/EC Recognition of professional qualifications. They contain the requirements and guidance that all Approved Education Institutions (AEIs) and their partners within the UK must adhere to in the development and delivery of education programmes.

Midwives meet women and their families throughout the childbearing cycle, providing antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care. They ensure women have the best experiences and health outcomes possible. Midwives work in a variety of healthcare environments, such as hospitals, birth centres and the community, often moving between these locations to provide continuity of care and support for women. The course has been carefully designed to help students develop the competencies, skills and knowledge required to register as a midwife in the United Kingdom. In line with NMC requirements, it is 156 weeks long and 50% of the course is spent in clinical practice.


Contact for Programme Lead

Ellen Kitson-Reynolds



Nursing and Midwifery Council

NMC Order

Nursing and Midwifery Council Order


Standards for Pre-Registration Midwifery Education

EU Directives

European Union Directive 2005/36/EC Recognition of professional qualifications


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