This essential handbook helps midwifery students to make the most from their time studying. It clearly explains the core learning skills they will need right from the start of the course, such as academic writing, placement learning and understanding theoretical concepts. It also introduces more advanced skills, such as reflection, research, evidence-based practice, writing a dissertation and complex decision-making. It shows why these important skills are essential both to succeed at university and beyond into practice.

Beginning your Midwifery Education

Beginning your Midwifery Education

Beginning your midwifery education

NMC Standards for Pre-Registration Midwifery Education

This chapter will address the following competencies:

Domain: Professional and ethical practice

Practise in accordance with The Code: Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives (NMC 2008) within the limitations of the individual's own competence, knowledge and sphere of professional practice, consistent with the legislation relating to midwifery practice.

Chapter Aims

After reading this chapter you will be able to:

  • understand what will be expected of you when studying for the degree in midwifery;
  • appreciate the particular characteristics of midwifery education;
  • identify what knowledge, skills and experience you bring to the course;
  • discover some effective ways for you to study, learn and develop.


The purpose of this chapter is to help you to think about some important aspects ...

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