Return to Practice (Adult Field)

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The part-time Return to Practice programme at Aberystwyth University provides you with an inclusive learning experience which (subject to final approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Council) meets the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s [NMC] Return to Practice Standards (2019) and enables you to apply for re-admission to the professional register as an autonomous registered healthcare practitioner, confident in your ability to meet the person-centred, holistic care needs of the wonderfully diverse people you encounter in practice.

The programme is also suitable for nurses who are unable to meet the NMC's practice hours requirements for revalidation in order to remain on the professional register.

Course Overview

This 60-credit level 6, part time module aims to provide you with the knowledge, practice hours and competencies to meet the Return to Practice Standards (NMC 2019) and be eligible for readmission to the NMC register. This module will enable you to regain confidence and update your skills and knowledge in a safe and effective way. 

The fundamentals of holistic nursing practice will be complemented by dynamic nursing care delivery models, which are underpinned by evidence-based healthcare. Our dedicated Healthcare Education team will empower you to re-learn the skills and attributes of a registered nurse, which will enable you to make a real difference to the emotional and physical health and wellbeing of others. You can expect to be challenged, you will learn new things about yourself and find inner strengths you never thought you had. Your journey will include a rollercoaster of emotions and experiences, but it is going to be so worthwhile.

Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff in the Department of Life Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry. The Department has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.

About this course

As a part-time Return to Practice student, you will be provided with supervised clinical placements and theoretical input to ensure that you are eligible for readmission to the NMCs register by completing 450 hours of practice. If you feel that you already have some clinical experiences which can contribute towards meeting the NMC requirements, these can be agreed on an individual basis in line with our APel/RPL processes.

The programme consists of two core modules, a theory module (20 credits at level 6) and a practice placement module (40 credits at level 6). Both modules will run concurrently, and both will need to be successfully completed in order to pass the Return to Practice programme.

The programme is 20 weeks in total, consisting of 22.5 hours per week. The first two weeks will be theory based, to ensure that you have completed the necessary foundational training required for clinical practice. The following 18 weeks will consist of one blended learning day and two practice placement days per week. Your clinical shifts will be negotiated locally with your placement provider. Some flexibility will be needed to meet shift patterns, student needs and personal circumstances. All practice hours will be logged and verified.

While the programme is delivered over a 20-week period, you will be allowed a maximum of 27 weeks to complete the whole programme. This allows for any holidays and sickness/absences taken during the programme.


When you complete the programme, you will be eligible to reapply to the NMC for Registered Nurse (adult field) status. You can expect a starting salary of £27,055, which may rise in line with the Agenda for Change Pay scale if you choose to pursue different career opportunities. Registered Nurses now work in a variety of sectors, and you can choose to progress your career in a variety of avenues.

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The Return to Practice curriculum is contemporary and will update your numeracy, literacy, digital and technological literacy skills. In addition, curriculum content will include:

  • Action Learning
  • Revalidation
  • Reflection
  • Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor Preparation
  • Safeguarding
  • Law, Ethics, Policy and Governance
  • Pharmacology
  • Medicines Management/SafeMedicate
  • Professional Practice.

This Return to Practice programme aims to enable you to:

  • Enhance your knowledge and skills to meet the Return to Practice Standards (NMC 2019) and be eligible for readmission to the NMC register.
  • Apprise your personal scope of practice, identifying barriers and opportunities for professional development.
  • Critique the legal and ethical frameworks underpinning clinical practice.
  • Explain the pharmacological actions of common drugs.
  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge underpinning the safe administration of medicines and factors affecting patient compliance.

How will I be taught?

We will use a variety of methods to deliver the Return to Practice programme. 

A significant focus of the programme will be practice-based, in order to expose you to real life clinical situations where you can re-hone your nursing skills in a supervised environment. During this time, you must complete a Return to Practice Assessment Document, to evidence your clinical learning and competence achievement. You will be supported in the practice setting by Practice Supervisors and Practice Assessors.

The theoretical element will be delivered by adopting a blended learning approach. This means you will benefit from a range of teaching and learning methods including lead lectures, small group work, self-directed study, seminars and clinical skills sessions. Simulation is embedded within the curriculum, and you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in a safe, learning environment which mirrors the nurse/patient experience.

Typical Entry Requirements

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A Levels

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
GCSE (or recognised alternative) English language – grade C/4 or above
Applicants must confirm that they meet the NMCs English language requirements as outlined here: English language requirements - The Nursing and Midwifery Council (https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/joining-the-register/english-language-requirements/)

GCSE (or recognised alternative) Mathematics – grade C/4 or above
Equivalent numeracy skills through prior experiential practice-based skills","language":"

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:

European Baccalaureate:

Other Requirements Applicants must:
provide evidence of previous registration with the NMC.
have capability to update numeracy skills in order to meet the programme outcomes.
have capability for digital and technological literacy to meet the programme outcomes. Please note that capability for numeracy skills and digital and technological literacy will be further assessed during the applicant selection event. Applicants with NMC practice conditions must provide a decision letter issued by the NMC. Additional Requirements: In addition to academic achievements, in order to comply with professional requirements, the admission criteria also include:
Good Health and Good Character assessment (see Fitness to Practise information below) If you are offered a place with us, you will have to complete an Occupational Health Screening form
Enhanced DBS clearance (see Fitness to Practise information below) If you are offered a place with us, you will have to complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Screening. Fitness to Practise Process Good health and character requirements as stipulated in NMC legislation means that you are capable of safe and effective practice either with or without reasonable adjustments. It does not mean the absence of a health condition or disability. Therefore, should any issues regarding your health and character be identified through our screening processes or you have been subject to NMC practice conditions, a Fitness to Practise Risk Assessment administered by the Academic Registry Team, will look at each individual situation and if required they will convene a Fitness to Practise Panel. The Panel will look at each individual situation and make a decision regarding your eligibility to be accepted onto the programme. If you have any concerns about this, please feel free to discuss this further with the Admissions Tutor.

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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