Return to Practice

If you have not been able to complete your NMC PREP requirements and have 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.

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.

The RTP course is fully funded and you can choose a Nursing, Midwifery or Specialist Public Health Nursing pathway.

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 Level 6 Return to Practice course will allow you to revisit and update your knowledge using the contemporary evidence and research that supports modern healthcare. You will cover:

  • Current issues in professional practice
  • Self-awareness and professional competence
  • Health and social policy relevant to current practice
  • Structures and organisation of care
  • Medicines management
  • Using relevant literature and research
  • Individual care planning
  • Effective communication
  • Multi-professional team-working 



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 Return to Practice course is taught over 12 days and delivered over 12 weeks on a Thursday 10-3pm. The start date is 28 March, 2019.

In addition to the 12 theory days, there are three mandatory training days on campus and one Local Health Board induction training day. The three mandatory training days cover CPR, manual handling and breakaway training (violence and aggression). If you already have an All Wales Manual Handling Passport, please bring in your file as you may be exempt from some of this training.

On clinical placement, you will be allocated a sign off mentor (a registered nurse who is on the same part of the register). Your personal tutor will act as an academic support and provide pastoral care.

Why study Return to Practice at USW

  • Excellent success rate
  • Two intakes a year
  • Placements over a wide geographical area 
  • Employability - upon successful completion of the course, the majority of our students manage to achieve a Band 5 role in their chosen area
  • Strong student support including academic writing and referencing sessions and assignment/ presentation guidance
  • Personal tutor who provides academic guidance
  • Dedicated care sciences librarian


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 4,000-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).


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

We try and place you as close to home as possible, and in the area you want to work. However, please be aware this may not always be possible.

On placement you will be working as a student nurse, and will wear the All Wales uniform (purple scrubs). You will work with your mentor to achieve the required Clinical Learning Outcomes.

You are expected you to have a 24 hour experience of the clinical environment, so it is an expectation that you will engage with the different shift patterns.



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


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.

If your application meets the entry criteria, you will be called to a formal interview. Alex Holmes, the RTP course leader, and a practice facilitator or senior nurse will interview you. The interview will last around twenty minutes and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

  • To prepare for the interview, we recommend you familiarise yourself with current campaigns and up-to-date guidance such as 1000 Lives Campaign and NICE guidance
  • Consider current health issues for debate – e.g. antibiotic resistance, prudent healthcare 
  • Prepare for common questions such as 'Why has your registration lapsed?’; ‘How do you think nursing has changed?’; ‘What do you plan to do after the return to practice course?’


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 three 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

    These courses are normally supported by Welsh Government commissioners in collaboration with Welsh NHS University Health Boards

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

    These courses are normally supported by Welsh Government commissioners in collaboration with Welsh NHS University Health Boards

August 2020 - July 2021 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 board.