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Return to Practice (all fields of nursing practice)

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This course is aimed at nurses who wish to prepare for re-registration to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register and return to clinical practice.

Who the course is aimed at

If you are a nurse whose NMC registration has lapsed within the last ten years and you would like to renew your registration with the aim of returning to practice, this course is designed for you. You may also choose this course if you have maintained your registration, but have been out of clinical practice for a period of time and would like to return to practice.

What you learn

You will gain knowledge and understanding about current practice, and develop your ability to critically reflect on your learning and practice again.

General areas covered

Your particular field of nursing, as well as individual learning needs are considered at the start of the course and reviewed as it progresses.

You will spend time in clinical placement, where your learning needs will be supported and your practice assessed by professionals in your field of nursing / health visiting.

We provide modern facilities to help you redevelop your clinical skills and specialist knowledge for your career. You will study in our purpose-built Robert Winston Building on our Collegiate Crescent Campus.

You will explore topics including:

  • Legislation and policies
  • Safeguarding adults and children
  • Reflective practice
  • Contemporary issues in nursing practice

You will have access to a wide range of supporting materials which will enable you to build upon the topics covered in the programme of study.  These materials, along with further personal study, will ensure that you have knowledge of contemporary topics and theories relevant to your particular area of practice.  

This programme brings together learners from a range of backgrounds, to study together, creating a vibrant, challenging and supportive learning experience. 

This course will start September 2021 (Subject to NMC Approval)

*References should not be from family members or close friends.

For students living in England who meet the entry criteria, the course is funded by HEE so there are no fees to pay. This also includes a non means-tested bursary. For any queries related to funding eligibility, please contact Paul Gibson (Return to Practice Coordinator for HEE) on or 0191 275 4796.

Fees and Funding for 2020/21

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home / EU student: £1,545

International students: £2,275 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.


This module attracts Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funding by the following schemes:

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:

To apply for a Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below:

Further information and LBR/SSPRD online application form

  • Entry requirements

    Typically you need:

    • evidence of recent self-directed learning
    • evidence of the capability to study at degree level such as previous study or evidence of critical analysis in a substantial written piece of work or report which you have substantially contributed to including project management or practice /service development reports
    • transferable skills from other experiences
    • information on status re NMC FtP proceedings
    • a reason for returning.
    • The selection event

      If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving licence with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

      Course enrolment - professional requirements

      Before enrolling you must fully declare on the forms provided during the admissions process:

      • unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
      • involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
      • involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations
      • enrolment on a health or social work professional course at another University

      Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check

      • you must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
      • if you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining this check can be found here
      • where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Professional Issues Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.

      Occupational Health Screening

      You must undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.


      You must undertake a programme of immunisations as required by the Department of Health and meet the immunisation and immunity requirements of placement providers. This will be provided by the University free of charge.

      Pre-course Day

      After completing the above professional checks, if you reside in the UK you are expected to make every reasonable attempt to attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the professional requirements of your course. This is also an opportunity to meet fellow applicants to the health & social care courses who will be starting their studies at the same time as you, some current students and teaching staff.

      Other professional suitability information

      Your full enrolment on your course will be confirmed when the Professional Issues Team have verified that your Enhanced DBS Disclosure (and overseas criminal record check where relevant) indicates that you are suitable to work with vulnerable groups including children and clearance from your health screening has been received.

      If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements, from when you apply to the end of your course, you must tell the Professional Issues team immediately by calling 0114 225 5637 or emailing

  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    Blended Learning this module will involve a limited number of face-to-face study days supported by online distance learning activities

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    The module is planned to commence delivery in September 2021 only.

    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one or more assessment tasks. The assessment task(s) for this module are:

    • Written Assignment
    • Practical Assessment

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 20 level 6 credits

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Michaela Brown - or contact the student experience team:

(0114) 225 2372

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