Return to Practice - Speech and Language Therapist - 20 credits

Distance Learning (12 months)
April 2018
Online Learning

The Return to Practice course is for Speech and Language Therapists whose registration with the Health and Care Professions Council has lapsed.

The Return to Practice programme offers a flexible approach towards achieving the CPD requirement for regaining your professional registration. You will be studying at a distance using the University’s Virtual Learning Environment ‘Moodle’ and the Virtual Case Creator (an online client simulator).

This programme acknowledges your current competence and will inspire and stimulate you to not only return to Speech and Language Therapy but shape its future. You can tailor the programme to your individual needs depending on how long you have been out of practice, your previous knowledge and experience, and relevant experience undertaken while you have been out of practice. The return to practice programme will help you plan your future learning to develop your career.

We have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.


This course is worth...

20 credits

This course is open to International students

UK or EU students (Self Funded)

Funding Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Self Funded Apr 2018 DL 12 months TBC
DL 12 months TBC

UK or EU students (Employer Funded)

Funding Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Employer Funded NA Apr 2018 DL 12 months TBC

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Entry requirements

  • Lapsed HCPC registration as a Speech and Language Therapist
  • Relevant degree/further degree/Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy
  • A satisfactory supporting statement
  • A satisfactory reference

Please read the 'Online application and enrolment process' and 'Method of payment' information below before making your application.

Online application and enrolment process

  1. Complete an online application form via the link. The form requires you to submit a completed authorised funding form which must be uploaded with the application. Alternatively, you can download a hard copy application form.
  2. When your submitted application form has been processed and approved, details of the module and enrolment details will be sent to the email address stated on your application form.
  3. You will be sent an email asking you to complete your online pre-enrolment. This must be completed before you enrol.
  4. Without proof of funding, you will not be able to complete your enrolment/receive online pre-enrolment email.  The funding form must be received within four weeks of the enrolment date; otherwise you will be withdrawn from the course.

Please submit your application as early as possible. We aim to give you a decision within two weeks of receiving your application. Please note that NHS Trust application deadlines may differ from our own and you should check with your NHS Trust training/education contact for confirmation of their deadlines.

Please ensure that you include full details of your qualifications and relevant work experience as part of your application.

Method of payment

The method of payment of your course fees will differ depending on whether you are a self-funding, sponsored or contracted/commissioned applicant. Definitions are provided below and you must choose the appropriate option when prompted. If you are unsure which funding method applies to you please consult your training/education contact in your NHS Trust prior to applying:

1) Self-funding

You are paying for the course and responsible for the fees.

Select 'Self Funded' when making your application.

2) Sponsored

Course fees are paid directly by the employer/NHS Trust which means we invoice your employer/NHS Trust to obtain payment.

To apply for this course you must download and complete the CPD Sponsorship Agreement Form, and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Sponsored (eg employer, NHS Trust, charity)’ when making your application’.

Download Financial Support Form Instructions

3) Contracted/Commissioned

The NHS Trust agrees with HE West Midlands for your course fees to be paid directly to the University from funds managed by HE West Midlands for pre-agreed programmes.

To apply for this course you must obtain a contracted/commissioned financial support form from your Trust contact and upload the completed form and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Funded by HE West Midlands (Contracted/Commissioned)’ when making your application.

Fees for part time students

If you study this course part-time or via distance learning, you will be charged on a pro-rata basis. This means your fee will be calculated per module.

This course is available part-time

Health Education England Funding

For 2018 applicants there is some HEE funding available but the applicant must meet the specific funding requirements outlined below. Any other applicants are welcomed but they will need to self-fund or gain employer sponsorship. If you are hoping to be funded by HEE as you meet the requirements please state this on your application form. 


  • The program will support qualified AHP/HCS/SW living / working for service delivering NHS / Social Care in England looking to return to the HCPC register.

  • Previously registered with the HCPC or qualified in the UK, but have not registered with the HCPC in the last five years..


  • Currently the program is not open to AHP/HCS/SW who have qualified abroad and have not been registered with the HCPC. You will need to follow the guidance for overseas registrants.
  • Returnees looking to work outside England when returned to the HCPC register
  • Excludes any individual that has a fitness to practice issue cited against them on the HCPC register.

Contact HEE by email:

Visit HEE website for more information  

Course Content

The content and length of your programme will be determined by your own learning needs and how much time you need to spend to meet your individual professional requirements. The programme consists of one 15-credit module at level 6 which equates to a minimum of 150 learning hours. You will begin by planning your academic learning across the 3 streams of the course. The streams are:

Speech and Language Therapy: As part of this stream you will revisit and reflect upon your knowledge of the management of a wide variety of clients with communication and swallowing needs. As part of this stream you will access the Virtual Case Creator (client online simulator). Topics covered here include:

  • Phonetics and linguistics
  • Adults with learning difficulties
  • Developmental and adult acquired conditions
  • Voice disorders.

Professional Practice: In this stream you will revise and extend your knowledge of professional practice in preparation for return to work as a Speech and Language Therapist. Topics covered here include:

  • Professional practice
  • Reflection
  • Workforce issues
  • Employability and CPD

Research and Evidence Based Practice: In this stream you will consolidate your skills and knowledge to enable you to be an evidence based practitioner. Topics covered include:

  • Literature searching
  • Statistics
  • Critical analysis

There are well developed support facilities in the University to help you develop your study skills, academic writing, professional practice skills and use of technology.


You will be assessed by an assignment which relates to the three strands of learning in the course (SLT, Professional Practice and Research and Evidence Based Practice). As part of this submission you complete a client simulation on the Virtual Case Creator. You will submit your assessment online via the course Moodle space, using the electronic submission process.


The return to practice programme will give you CPD evidence towards renewing your professional registration as a Speech and Language Therapist; classed as formal study by HCPC*. Careers support is available in preparing for job applications and interviews so that you will be able to make the most of your past and new experience in selling yourself to employers.

*HCPC Returning to Practice Guide available

The creation of our new suite of courses in Sport and Life Sciences is yet another exciting development at Birmingham City University. The 10,500sq metre building at City South Campus will enable us to offer a wide range of new health, nutrition, biomedical science and sports courses, as well as providing a new home for our education programmes.

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to jiu jitsu.

The courses will reflect the latest developments in our teaching and our focus on practice-led learning with work placements and live industry case studies incorporated into the curriculum. All courses have been co-designed with employers and are endorsed or accredited by professional bodies where appropriate.

By expanding our provision to these new areas, we will be helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today, such as obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, by encouraging and supporting healthy eating and greater physical activity.

In addition, we will be producing graduates who can support elite performers in meeting the UK’s ambitions for sporting success at events such as the Olympics and other world sporting tournaments. We are constantly looking to enhance the range of courses we offer - please check all our courses for the latest additions to our portfolio.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

Simulation Mannequins

SPACE skills practice model


SPACE is an innovative practice area all students can access to use equipment and resources to practise a wide range of skills in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. It provides students with a creative learning environment to get the best educational experience before becoming a health care professional.


Learning Facilities

We offer up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across. These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice.

Learning Facilities

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Virtual Tour

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Virtual Tour

Doug Ellis Sports Centre

Our £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports Centre boasts an 80-station fitness suite, an eight-court sports hall, and workout and spinning studios. The centre offers state-of-the-art fitness training equipment and plenty of room for team sports including five-a-side football and cricket. An all-weather pitch adds the finishing touches to the centre, which is located close to our City North Campus.

Visitors to the gym can choose a personalised fitness programme, instructed by qualified fitness trainers, and take advantage of a selection of classes, such as yoga, salsa or body combat.

Doug Ellis Sports Centre website

Claire Hartley

Claire Hartley

Senior Lecturer

Claire Hartley is a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) and Senior Lecturer (in acquired communication difficulties) at Birmingham City University. She is also the Programme Director for the Return to Practice in SLT Programme. Her interests include aphasia, motor speech disorders, simulated practice in SLT, and working with service users. She is a Better Conversations Champion, Lee Silverman voice treatment (LSVT) Certified clinician and Chairs the Central Neuro Rehab CEN. She also supervises the department's placements with the Stroke Association.

Course enquiries

To find out more about this course, please contact the Programme Director, Claire Hartley on:

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