Return to Practice

If you have not been able to complete your NMC PREP requirements and have therefore lapsed registration, our Return to Practice (RTP) nursing course will enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and competence required to re-enter the NMC Professional Register. You can choose pathways from Nursing, Midwifery or Specialist Public Health Nursing. Read our Essential Guide for more information.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 1 Year March Glyntaff A
N/A Part-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 1 Year March Glyntaff A
N/A Part-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A

The 40 credit module will allow you to revisit and update your knowledge using the contemporary evidence and research that supports modern healthcare.

The practice component will allow you to draw on previous clinical skills, working in a negotiated clinical placement, alongside a designated mentor for 200 hours to experience today’s pace of nursing and facilitate a means to relate theory to practice.

Our Return to Practice course will enable you to deliver safe, effective and compassionate care again within your individual field of practice. It will develop your awareness of local and national policy, reports, public health agenda and legislation relating to contemporary health and social care practice.

Our experienced team will help you secure a suitable practice learning environment to undertake the course requirement of 200 hours of supervised practice.


The diverse range of contemporary topics covered within this Return to Practice course will be taught by experienced lecturers as well as clinical practitioners.

Students appreciate the knowledge that is shared in the mixed classroom learning environment. Simulated activities undertaken in our Clinical Simulation Centre will also enrich your learning experience.

The module is offered at Level 6 and is within the BSc Professional Practice award.

The Return to Practice course is taught over 12 days and delivered over 12 weeks on a Thursday 10-3pm. In addition you will attend four days from 9am-5pm to undertake mandatory training. These dates will be confirmed after you enrol.


Students will be allocated a personal tutor from day one of the programme to support you with your academic work. Theoretical assessments are staggered to complement clinical learning. You will be allocated a mentor in the local health boards to support you to complete your clinical practice learning outcomes.

Assessment for Level 6 (degree) is a 4000-word written assignment linked to five of your clinical learning outcomes, a 15-minute presentation, as well as 200 hours of clinical practice.


The University of South Wales is an NMC Approved Education Institution (AEI).


As part of your studies you will use our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Centre facilities.


Alex Holmes, course leader

The module is offered at level 6 and is within the BSc Professional Practice award. Entry to level is dependant on previous experience and qualifications. Read our Essential Guide for more information.


There are on average 20 funded places per cohort paid for by the Welsh Government for applicants who are resident in Wales. Those applicants who are not resident, the standard module fee for 40 credits applies.

Additional Requirements

A pre requisite to this course is lapsed registration of between 3 years up to a maximum of 15 years.

In addition a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check is required (additional cost applies, no offences are considered spent).

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

This Return to Practice course has a consistently high success rate in enabling its students to find employment as registered nurses or midwives across a range of differing clinical/ care environments.

We recognise that returning to practice after a career break can be a daunting experience for individuals. Upon successful completion of return to practice course, which results in re-registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, our students are fully prepared to return to practice.

You will supported by the RTP team in finding employment through attending career fairs organised by USW, providing interview advice, references and through our connections with our local health boards.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.