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Return to Practice


Attendance mode

Start date(s)
September, February

3 months

City Campus

UK students can apply

Attendance dates

September 2023 intake

Application closing date: 23 June 2023  
Interviews: 7 July 2023

  • 4 September 2023 - 8 September 2023 inclusive
  • Week commencing 11 September 2023 - Breakaway for MH or LD students
  • 19 September 2023
  • 26 September 2023
  • 3 October 2023
  • 10 October 2023
  • 17 October 2023
  • 24 October 2023
  • 31 October 2023

February 2024 intake

Application closing date: 17 November 2023  
Interviews: 1 December 2023

  • 5 February 2024 - 9 February 2024 inclusive
  • Week commencing 12 February 2024 Breakaway for MH or LD students
  • 20 February 2024
  • 27 February 2024
  • 5 March 2024
  • 12 March 2024
  • 19 March 2024
  • 26 March 2024
  • 2 April 2024

Entry requirements

Students should already have:

  • Lapsed registration with the NMC (Nurses and Midwives)
  • 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.
  • Satisfactory occupational health clearance
  • DBS check
  • Demonstration of academic ability/evidence of current knowledge
  • Awareness of changes in the NHS since last practiced

It is also strongly advised that applicants have experience of using information technology resources.

Shortlisting criteria

  • Locally situated/local placement (intention of working in the local authority area)
  • Length of time out of practice (shorter the better)
  • 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, and incorporates a minimum of 150 hours of clinical practice.

The theoretical component of the programme consists of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Directed study
  • Group & individual tutorials

The first week is taught on campus.

The following week is a breakaway training session for students returning to mental health nursing and learning disability nursing. This session then runs every Tuesday for 7 successive weeks.

You will also undertake a minimum of 150 hours in clinical placements; the time it takes you to complete placement hours will depend upon your progress. We would advise that you work a minimum of 24 hours a week. 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.

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

Got a question?

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.