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Return to Practice


Attendance mode
Start date(s)
September, February
3 months
City Campus

UK students can apply

Attendance dates

February 2025 intake

Application closing date: 18 November 2024  
Interviews: 29 November 2024

  • 3 February 2025 - 7 February (inclusive)
  • Week commencing 10 February - breakaway for mental health or learning disability returning students
  • Tuesday 18 February
  • Tuesday 25 February
  • Tuesday 4 March
  • Tuesday 11 March
  • Tuesday 18 March
  • Tuesday 25 March
  • Tuesday 1 April

These dates are for classes on campus. Your course continues until you have completed all three assessments. We estimate the programme will take six months to complete. This may be due to you being out on placement or needing to request an extension, etc.

Entry requirements

Students should already have:

  • lapsed registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • evidence of GCSE grade C or above in English and Maths or Level 2 equivalent such as functional skills or O Levels
  • two satisfactory references, preferably from education and employment sources. References from friends and relatives are not acceptable
  • demonstration of academic ability/evidence of current knowledge
  • awareness of changes in the NHS since last practiced 

You will also need, which you will be supported to complete:

  • satisfactory occupational health clearance
  • DBS check 

Shortlisting criteria

  • applications are invited from “returners” within our Yorkshire & Humber region
  • genuine and thoughtful reasoning for wanting to return (assessed through personal statement)
  • good references
  • evidence of recent academic study (as recent as possible) 

Learning and assessment


The programme is delivered over 9 weeks.

All the learning content will be available to students via an electronic platform called CANVAS. We will show you how to navigate this site when you start your programme. There will be lots of reading to do, and on some occasions, some preparation ahead of a session.

CANVAS is structured a week at a time, so each week is made available to you at least a week before the next day in university.

The theoretical component of the programme consists of:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • clinical skills sessions
  • directed study
  • group and individual tutorials


Practice placement

You will undertake and successfully complete a practice placement, consisting of a minimum of 150 hours.

The time it takes you to complete placement hours will vary for many reasons. We recognise that not everyone can work full-time hours. We would advise though that you work a minimum of 24 hours a week to develop some continuity and to become familiar with the placement and to feel part of the team.

The actual days and hours worked are negotiated with you and the placement area. If clinical competencies cannot be achieved in 150 hours then an extension of hours may be possible at the discretion of the placement provider, and the University of Bradford. We will identify placement areas for you, based on your geographical location and preferred trust. You are not required to source a placement yourself.

Students will start placements at different times, and this is dependent on availability of the placement along with other relevant points to be considered.

3000-word reflection

You will submit a 3000-word reflection related to a patient care scenario in your practice placement area. There is a timetabled session looking specifically at academic writing skills, and the lecturers are only a phonecall or email away.

Safemedicate exam

This is an electronic exam platform where you will undertake a drug calculation exam online. This is introduced to you within the first week, and you will receive your own ID and login details. You will be advised to practice as much as you can.

It is fantastic that you are considering returning to the nursing profession. At the University of Bradford, our programme is designed to meet the needs of a changing and diverse workforce, whilst also supporting you all the way. Fi Croucher, Programme Leader

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.