Return to practice (Nursing) (degree level)

Key features

This 20 credit degree-level module will provide eligibility to return to sub part 1 or sub part 2 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register. 

On successful completion, you will be eligible to re-register with the NMC as a nurse in any one of the four fields – adult, child, mental health or learning disability


General Practice Nursing

The module curriculum has been developed in partnership with employers and service users and we use individual profiling to underpin your personalised learning journey which is tailored to meet your particular needs. You will also have the opportunity to achieve graduate skills.

The theoretical aspect of the module will run alongside your practice placement, and the main learning environment will be in one of the designated placement providers, with a graded approach to placement hours based on Department of Health guidelines.

Years not registered                           Number of hours required

3-5                                                       100 - 150

10-15                                                   250

15 and above                                      450

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree


Blended learning approach with face to face delivery in Plymouth

Course details

At the end of the module you will be able to:

  • critically appraise the influence and impact of current legislation, clinical guidelines, codes of practice and operational policy on practice
  • critically analyse and evaluate the current structure and organisation of care, nationally and locally
  • examine and assess need, design and implement interventions and critically evaluate outcomes in all relevant areas of practice, including the effective delivery of appropriate and/or emergency care
  • participate effectively within a multi-professional team
  • demonstrate the ability to critique and review relevant literature and research to inform the practice of nursing
  • critically analyse and apply appropriate use of communication, teaching and learning skills
  • critically appraise personal strengths and establish development needs through analysis of limitations recognising the importance of maintaining and developing professional competence
  • demonstrate competence in relation to practice learning outcomes as identified in the practice portfolio.

Module dates

The module dates are 23 October, 6, 13 and 27 November and 4, 11 December 2019.

2nd delivery dates are 18 March, 1, 15, 29 April and 13 and 27 May 2020. 

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).


The module is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). 

In addition, the module is mapped against learning outcomes across Southern England Consortium (SEEC) descriptors, NMC criteria and Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) benchmark statements.

Fees and funding

Health Education England (HEE) will fund the return to practice module including Tuition fee, Stipend and Placement fee via your trust. Please liaise with your prospective employer.  

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.

Access to: 

  • application forms 
  • change of name forms
  • pre-course information
  • downloadable guides
  • student card.

Visit our admissions homepage for full details.

Entry requirements

If you are considering returning to practice, you will first need to find and secure a return to practice vacancy. To find a suitable vacancy please visit the NHS Jobs website and in the keywords/job reference section search for ‘Return to practice’ roles. Only once you have secured this position will your employer be able to book you a place on the course at the University. Unfortunately, you are unable to do this directly.

This is because the model of provision for return to practice has changed to an employer-led model, with places commissioned by Health Education England (HEE). Healthcare organisations such as NHS Trusts, general practices and independent providers will be supporting returnees to return to practice with the intention of employment on successful completion of the module.

Places are commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) or for GP Practice Nurses if you are considering returning to practice, you will first need to find and secure a return to practice vacancy within our field of practice. To find a suitable vacancy please visit the NHS Jobs website 


for GP Practice Nurses via their training hubs in Cornwall, Devon or Somerset. 

Search 'return to practice roles' in the key word search box. 

Once you have secured this position your prospective employer will be able to book you a place on the course. Unfortunately you are unable to do this directly. 

Who can apply for the module?

  • Potential returners to the Nursing and Midwifery (NMC) sub part 1 or sub part 2 register can apply, such as adult nurses, mental health nurses, paediatric nurses, learning disability nurses, school nurses, midwives and health visitors.
  • Nurses who have qualified within the European Union (EU) and meet the NMC requirements for entry to the register and require evidence of a return to practice module.

If English is not your first language you must have evidence of a minimum overall IELTS 7.0 (6.5 in writing and 7.0 for speaking, listening and reading) or equivalent and level 2 numeracy. For further information about English language requirement please view our English language requirements page.

Disclosure and barring service (DBS) certificate and occupational health assessment

You are required to undergo an occupational health and DBS assessment which forms a condition of acceptance. This will be a part of the recruitment process and undertaken by your employer.

Further information

For further information regarding this module, please contact:

Professional Development Unit

Level 4, Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Prospective student enquiries:

Phone: +44 (0)1752 586951

Current student enquiries:

Phone: +44 (0)1752 586958

Come Back to Nursing

Come Back to Nursing has a six-week campaign – please watch the new Health Education England film.

The University is working closely with all the NHS Trusts/Health Organisations in the South West and has had several cohorts successfully enrol on the course this year. 

Please find below further links and also information on the programme. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

The campaign is being driven through the Health Education England's online channels:

Interested in returning to nursing?

Why we returned

The following programme specifications represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change

Every postgraduate programme has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.