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.

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.

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree



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.

The module is an optional module for BSc (Hons) Health Studies

Course dates

This module will be delivered three times over the forthcoming academic year. The taught dates are:

October 2016 delivery: 12 and 19 October and 7, 9, 21, 28 and 30 November 2016.

January 2017 delivery: 11 and 18 January, 6, 8, 20 and 27 February and 2 March 2017. 

May 2017 delivery: 10 and 17 May and 5, 7, 19, 26 and 27 June 2017.

(Please note that these dates are provisional and may 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.

Entry requirements

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 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.

Fees and funding

Health Education England (HEE) will fund the return to practice module fee, and pay you support funding.

How to apply

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.

If you are someone considering returning to practice, either as a Nurse, Midwife or Health Visitor, you will first need to find and secure a return to practice vacancy. HEE have set up a return to practice website for additional information and to find organisations that are advertising for and looking to support return to practice.

Module lead - Carol Coleman

"The core learning will be supplemented by relevant field material delivered by field specific practitioners."

Come Back to Nursing

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

Plymouth University is working closely with all the NHS Trusts/Health Organisations in the South West and have 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.