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Return to Practice - Nursing - 15 credits

The return to practice course offers a flexible approach to regaining your professional registration. You will share core learning with others who are returning to healthcare practice after a break, so you'll have the support of other returners to develop your confidence in practice.  This course is now full for September 2021. Applications for April 2022 start are open....

Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Information about the arrangements the University has put in place for the 2021/22 academic year in response to Covid-19 and the emerging variants can be found here.

Should the impact of Covid-19 continue in subsequent years of your course, any additional and/or alternative arrangements put in place by the University in response will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

  • Level Short Course
  • Study mode Short Course
  • Location City South
  • Award N/A
  • Start date September 2021, April 2022
  • School School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences


The return to practice course offers a flexible approach to regaining your professional registration. You will share core learning with others who are returning to healthcare practice after a break, so you'll have the support of other returners to develop your confidence in practice.

 This course is now full for September 2021. Applications for April 2022 start are open.

Important notice for Return to Practice applicants with less than five years lapse in registration.

As part of the response to the Covid-19 outbreak the Government has introduced emergency legislation to enable fit, proper and suitably experienced people to practise if they are able to under a temporary register.

If you have a NMC registration that has been lapsed less than 5 years then you may want to consider this route to support the NHS during the current pandemic.

Registrants on the temporary register will be unable to undertake a Return to Practice Course at the same time and you may wish to defer your application to a later date if you take this option.

Please use the following links for further details:

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

The programme length will be tailored 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 University arranges your placement with a local healthcare provider. We involve you in these arrangements to ensure you have a placement which can fit in with your personal circumstances. The return to practice programme will help you plan your future learning to develop your career.

Accredited By

This course is accredited by:

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Why Choose Us?

  • Excellent employability rate
  • You will study at our recently extended £71 million City South Campus, complete with real-life hospital environments and simulation equipment so you can practice your practical skills at all times – not just on placement
  • We offer two intakes a year in April and September so that you can start at the right time for you.

Fees & How to Apply

  • International students


Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • Individually determined (Adult Nursing)
  • TBC
  • Short Course
  • Individually determined (Chid Nursing)
  • TBC
  • Short Course
  • Individually determined (Learning Disabilities)
  • TBC
  • Short Course
  • Individually determined (Mental Health)
  • TBC


Starting: Apr 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • Individually determined (Adult Nursing)
  • TBC
  • Short Course
  • Individually determined (Child Nursing)
  • TBC
  • Short Course
  • Individually determined (Learning Disabilities)
  • TBC
  • Short Course
  • Individually determined (Mental Health)
  • TBC

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.

 This course is now full for September 2021. Applications for April 2022 start are open.

Access to computer equipment

You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.


You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

Field trips

All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.

Access to Microsoft Office 365

Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.

Key Software

You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

Key subscriptions

Subscriptions to key journals and websites are available through our library.

Free access to Rosetta Stone

All students can sign up to the online learning language platform for free through the Graduate+ scheme.

DBS check

You will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for this course. Your first DBS check is included in your fees.

Placement expenses (mandatory)

Placements are a compulsory element of many health and teacher training courses. You'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst living or working away from home.

Clothing and safety equipment (mandatory)

This course requires the purchase of safety equipment. You will need to provide appropriate shoes for placement experiences.

Specialist equipment (mandatory)

This course requires the purchase of specialist equipment, including stethoscope (approx. £80-£100) and fob watch.

Excess printing (optional)

Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

Books (optional)

All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. You may choose to purchase a copy.

Subscriptions (optional)

You may wish to purchase subscriptions to additional journals and websites.

Memberships (optional)

You may wish to join a union or professional body related to this course.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Entry requirements

  • Lapsed UK registration as a nurse, midwife, health visitor or operating department practitioner
  • Evidence of your literacy and numeracy
  • Satisfactory occupational health and DBS checks
  • You will need a confirmed placement - this will usually be confirmed following interview
  • You will need to attend for an interview
  • Applicants should be aware that qualifications, personal statement, interview and reference all form part of the selection criteria for this programme.

Important information for Applicants with Conditions of Practice orders/returning following a Striking-Off Order

If you apply for the Return to Practice Course at Birmingham City University you are required to declare if you are subject to any Conditions of Practice Orders or previous Striking-Off Orders.

If you are subject to either of these, we will then need to disclose this information to our:

  • insurance advisers
  • placement partners

Based on the information supplied they will decide on a case by case basis whether they are able to:

  • Provide indemnity insurance cover during your placement
  • Offer a placement based on support needs identified in the conditions of practice.

If indemnity insurance cover is declined by our insurers then we will also need to share this information with the placement provider for the course.

You should be aware that there is a possibility that the placement provider will be unable to offer you a placement if:

  • The placement provider is unable to provide the necessary support/supervision in regards to your conditions of practice
  • Insurance cover has been declined

If either of these apply this may mean that you will be unable to complete the Return to Practice Course at BCU and we will be unable to progress with your application.

Please contact the Course leads if you wish to discuss this further.

Course in Depth

Module Description

This is a single module which has been developed in line with the Nursing and Midwifery (NMC) standards and consultation with practice partners from local NHS Trusts, service users and previous students. Learning activities during the module include face-to-face contact, online learning and practice-based learning. Completion of the module assessments enables application for re-registration with the NMC in the relevant field of nursing. You will evidence required study and practice learning within the Practice Assessment Document.

This evidence is used then to illustrate attainment of competence at course completion.

Return to Practice Nursing 15 credits

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) who regulate Nurses and courses that prepare nurses are changing the standards required for practitioners returning to practice. As a result there will be a new programme from September 2021.

This is happening nationally and at BCU we will be posting the Programme Specification and Module Descriptions on our website at a later date-please keep checking for updates

In the meantime please visit the NMC website for more information about the new standards.

Course Content

Nursing skills:

  • Patient Handling
  • Basic life support
  • Monitoring vital signs
  • Introduction to venepuncture cannulation
  • ECG monitoring
  • Service-user input
  • Medicines management

Professional skills:

  • Ethics, law and professional aspects of nursing
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Numeracy
  • Socratic thinking
  • Safeguarding
  • Self-care, spirituality, resilience and  mental health awareness

Supervisory skills:

  • Leadership in nursing
  • Practice supervisor training

Assessments in module

Part A - Clinical assessment

  •        Professional values, clinical skills and competencies and will be assessed whilst in placement.

Part B - Academic assessment choice of:

  •        Ten minute PowerPoint audio presentation (marked out of 100 - pass mark 40%) OR
  •        1500 word assignment (marked out of 100 - pass mark 40%)

Part C - Numeracy exam:

  •        This will involve numeracy questions according to the student’s field of study.
  •        Pass mark is 10/10

What happens on the course?

This course aims to enable students to demonstrate delivery of safe and competent nursing care in accordance with the Return to Practice Standards stipulated by the NMC. Students will become an accountable, self-reflective and autonomous practitioner, working with a range of other professionals and within inter-professional and multiagency teams responding to the demands of nursing practice.

The module is suitable for nurses who have previously been on the NMC Register - RN1, RNA, RN3, RNMH, RN5, RNLD, RN8, RNC (Adult; Mental Health; Learning Disabilities; Children; and GPN).


Minimum expectation during placement is part time hours (22 hours a week either long days or short shifts). There is flexibility to work full time if your placement area are able to support it.

One placement undertaken (with opportunities for pathways):

  • You are expected to work part time hours as a minimum (ideally x2 long days or x3 short shifts a week) following the shift patterns of your placement provider and working consistently with your practice assessor/supervisor.
  • Placement length is up to 300 hours (with a minimum of 150 assessed hours) and can be in a hospital, social care, GP surgery or community setting.
  • The University arranges placements in the West Midlands area. If you would like to be placed outside the West Midlands or in a non-NHS area you will need to arrange your own placement.

Contact us:

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
The Nursing and Midwifery Council

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) works with partner organisations to set and maintain high standards of nursing and midwifery education across the UK.

This course has been approved and monitored by the NMC to make sure that the education and training on offer meets their standards.

To work as a nurse or midwife, you must pass an NMC approved course at a higher education institution (HEI) in pre-registration nursing and midwifery, leading to registration with the NMC.

Facilities and Staff

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

We boast 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. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge facilities.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration nurses and midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Care Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Care Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Manikins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct manikins 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.

The SIM men and SIM baby manikins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Our staff

Chris Jones

Senior Lecturer Child Health

I qualified as an Adult Nurse at South Warwickshire school of Nursing in 1998. I qualified as a Child Health Nurse at the University of Luton in 1998.

My background is in emergency care specialising in child emergency care. I have worked at various emergency departments such as Wycombe Hospital, Shrewsbury and Telford, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Solihull and Good Hope hospitals.

I am qualified as an emergency nurse practitioner.

I have worked at Birmingham City University as a senior lecturer since 2010 and mainly work on the first year modules.

I am placement support for Solihull Hospital.

More about Chris


Course enquiries

The programme leader welcomes informal enquiries to discuss your individual situation. 

Please contact Chris Jones: