School of Nursing

Undergraduate Credit Return to Practice (Nursing)

Undergraduate Credit Part-time 1 year

Undergraduate Credit
Start date(s)
9 September 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Part-time (1 year)
Campus location
University: Walsall Campus
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Why choose this course?

This course will enable nurses, whose registration has lapsed, to return to the NMC register and practice as a registered nurse following successful completion of the course in both academic work and practice placements.

We offer opportunities to return to nursing practice in the fields of Adult, Mental Health, Learning Disability and Child Nursing, through the completion of a single academic module together with a clinical placement. This has been developed in line with Return to Practice Standards (NMC, 2019) and in consultation with practice partners from our local NHS Trusts. The module is normally delivered over a maximum period of eight months, with typical learning activities including face-to-face contact, skills sessions, on-line learning and practice-based learning to meet a set of proficiencies.

The Return to Practice (Nursing) programme will also help you plan your future learning to further develop your career.

What happens on the course?

This course aims to enable students to demonstrate delivery of safe and competent nursing care in accordance with the Return to Practice Standards stipulated by the NMC. Students will become an accountable, self-reflective and autonomous practitioner, working with a range of other professionals and within inter-professional and multiagency teams responding to the demands of nursing practice.

Students will also demonstrate a political awareness of local and national policies impacting on organisational change and the integration of health and social care services.

The module is suitable for nurses who have previously been on the NMC Register or are about to lapse off the register - RN1, RNA, RN3, RNMH, RN5, RNLD, RN8, RNC (Adult; Mental Health; Learning Disabilities; Children; and GPN).

 Successful completion of all assessment components will result in the award of 20 academic credits at Level 6 (Degree). 

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

The vast majority of the students who complete the course successfully find employment as a Registered Nurse having regained confidence, ensuring their practice is up to date and their knowledge is evidence based.

Following the Return to Practice course some students choose to continue with part-time studies at University in order to enhance their careers even further.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • Nursing is an exciting and developing profession that you will have previously enjoyed, and this course will provide a broad-based update on essential subjects that will allow you to continue your career in nursing.

  • If you have been a previously Registered Nurse on any part of the current or former Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or UKCC Register, this course will enable you to re-register and return to nursing practice.

  • Whether you have been out of practice for a long period of time, or have had a career break, you are welcome to apply for this course and there is no upper age limit.




Applicants must have a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Personal Identification Number (even though your registration has lapsed).

Applicants must be resident within the United Kingdom.

Applicants originally from countries where English is not the first language must provide evidence of the International English Language Test (IELTS) in accordance with current NMC thresholds.

Applicants will require GCSE grade C/4+ in Maths and English (or equivalent qualifications). Please note that we do not accept GCSE short courses.

Applicants meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for a values-based interview and will be subsequently required to meet a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and Occupational Health requirements. Please note, having a criminal record does not necessarily prevent you from returning to nursing.

Applicants who have accepted a conditional offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £44.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee. Applicants will also need to complete an occupational health assessment questionnaire and General Practitioner form prior to starting the course; vaccinations will also need to be up-to-date.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that on entry to the programme they have capability for digital and technological literacy to meet course outcomes. Evidence of digital literacy and technological literacy capability will therefore be aligned to the online application process and are an integral part of the courses.

Applicants will also be required to provide a satisfactory personal statement and reference (academic or employer). Within the personal statement applicants should identify the date they qualified as a nurse, the date they last worked as a midwife and the date that their registration lapsed.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to pay.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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