Course details

Study options

Part-time: 24 weeks †

Course level



Chesterfield, Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Return to Practice nurse experience – Alice’s story

The course has seven and a half days of theoretical classroom contact with a minimum 150 hours in the clinical placement environment over 24 weeks.

You will be assessed via a portfolio of reflective practice, which demonstrates your achievement of the underpinning skills and evidence-based knowledge required; there are also clinical practice assessments with a sign-off mentor or practice teacher. The NMC requirement is for a minimum of 150 hours’ supervised practice in clinical practice.

We’re proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy. As a result, some of the information about our courses may change. Please check the website for the latest information.

Study at Derby or Chesterfield

You have the option to study this course at our Chesterfield Site or Derby Campus.

Studying at our Chesterfield Site

Our new Chesterfield Site at St Helena’s offers an outstanding learning environment, with state of the art teaching rooms and IT suites. It also has a state of the art clinical skills suite, six bed mock ward and a 360° video projection suite to simulate a range of working environments.

Formerly Chesterfield Girls High School, St Helena’s is a striking Grade II listed building. Built in 1845 from local stone, the building holds much history, and provides an authentic and inspiring study environment.

Studying at our Derby Campus

At our Derby Campus we boast some of the best resources you'll find in any university - a Clinical Skills Suite, Immersive Simulation Room, Domestic Living Suite, Counselling Suites, and a Community Care Living Space.

What you will study

The Return to Practice programme consists of one 24 week module.

Your clinical placements will give you the opportunity to consolidate and apply this knowledge, enabling you to provide care in the best interests of the client group. The course content has been designed in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Council guidance.

You will be required to meet the following outcomes via a reflective portfolio of practice to successfully complete the course;

How you will learn

Distance learning and face to face contact will assist your theoretical and work-based learning. The majority of the programme can be studied off site via online resources.

You will benefit from using information technology to enhance learning in environments other than the classroom.

You will undergo work based learning in a clinical environment with support of NMC qualified sign-off mentors or practice teachers. Your mentor or practice teacher will support you through the practice elements of the programme and confirm the hours completed in placement.

How you're assessed

You will be assessed using a competency framework within clinical practice. Your reflective portfolio enables you to demonstrate an evidence based approach that  is mapped against the NMC standards for  Return to Practice (NMC 2011).

Entry requirements

This course is available to any nurse who has previously been registered with the NMC but is currently unable to comply with the practice standard requirement of working in a nursing capacity for 450 hours, in the three years prior to renewal of registration.

Your application will be subject to an occupational health and advanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance review.

Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)



Usually funded through LBR




Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Additional Fee Information

Find out more about Learning Beyond Registration (LBR), or contact

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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How to apply

UK/EU students

Students should apply directly to the University.

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This course will thoroughly prepare you to confidently return to practice; enabling you to re-activate your NMC registration upon successful completion of the course, as long as you meet the NMC’s requirements.

You will also be awarded 20 credits at Level 6 which you can contribute towards your future professional studies.

Contact us

Course: Navjot Kaur Virk (Programme Leader)  

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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† Additional information about your studies

Over a period of 24 weeks

Download programme specification

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.