Return to Practice Cert

Return to Practice Cert

The aim of the Nursing and Midwifery Council PREP (practice) Standard ( is to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the public by ensuring that anyone renewing their registration has undertaken a minimum amount of practice. This standard requires nurses and midwives to have practised in some capacity by virtue of their nursing or midwifery qualification for a minimum of 450 hours during the three years prior to the renewal of your registration. If this requirement is not met, nurses will need to undertake an approved return to practice course before they can renew their registration.

This NMC validated Certificate Return to Practice Certificate is additionally now able to offer funded places to nurses wishing to develop their career as a practice nurse in general practice.

We welcome nurses who have or do not have previous experience in practice nursing.

Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to continue your practice nurse education with funded places available on two new ‘General  practice nursing’ modules.

For those prospective students interested in the practice nursing route, please contact Gillian Armitage Tel 01772 893695. 

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:


Ancillary Award:


Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Part-time: Eight study days over a twelve week period


School of Nursing

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

February, October

Entry Requirements:

  • Registered Nurse whose NMC registration has lapsed

  • A pre-course medical screen and enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check (please note that the CRB check takes time and may delay your entry to course practice requirements)
  • Selection meeting to include an Interview, the production of a 250 word essay and the undertaking of a numeracy test (NB: The minimum pass rate for the numeracy test is 70%)

  • Two references (can be character references).

DBS Checks:

Throughout this course you will be working with vulnerable groups of individuals including children. In order to ensure that the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing offers places on their programmes to the most suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing will be able to guide you through this process once you have been successfully offered a conditional place at the University. It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.

Course Content

Course Outline:
The course will offer:

Insights and information relating to current practice and point you in the right direction to go and read and learn more
Education and training to support competent practice in relation to: 
Moving and handling

  • Infection control
  • Basic life support
  • Health and safety
  • Administration of medicines
  • Nursing process (assessment, care planning, implementation and evaluation)
  • Record keeping and documentation.

Key content themes are:

Health and social policy
Ethical, legal and professional contexts of practice
Patient led services and patient centred care
Life long learning and professional development
Promotion of health
Clinical skills and practice competencies.

You will be expected to undertake:

  • Eight study days over a 12-week period of the course and accessing directed study via eLearn (Blackboard)
  • a certain amount of directed study
  • 100 hours (minimum) of clinical practice in a NHS acute or primary care trust.

Clinical shifts can be from five hours long if required - start and finish times can be negotiated.
Each study day offers six hours of teaching and learning support, and you may also wish to spend some additional time with your personal tutor.

Students will be allocated a Sign-off Mentor in the clinical area who will:

Orientate the student to the clinical area and introduce them to care management
Work with the student to enable them to refresh their skills and knowledge
Sign-off your work to enable you to register with the NMC.
100 per cent attendance is necessary.


Learning Environment & Assessment:

The main approach to teaching and learning is through the use of focused seminars and group discussion.

Students are encouraged to engage in self-directed study and to utilise their existing skills and experience through directed study activity on line and in practice.

Opportunities for practice learning will be available in clinical skills labs prior to clinical placements.

Each student will be allocated a personal tutor to support personal learning, personal development and reflection on practice.

Additional learning opportunities will be provided via 'eLearn'. In addition to face-to-face contact between student and tutorial staff, support will be available via email.

Students are required to undertake a minimum of 100 hours of supervised clinical practice. This practice must be supervised by a named mentor who will ultimately 'sign-off' successful completion of the required competencies. The work based mentor will have undergone appropriate mentor preparation with the University. Clinical assessment documents will be provided to help students to achieve competencies.

Written assignment (3000 words)
Practice (Pass / Refer)

Competence assessment in core skills
Self and peer assessment using essential skills clusters.

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

£880 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

If you are already employed by any of the NHS Trusts linked to the University of Central Lancashire for Pre-registration Nursing (in a non-registered nurse role) contact your local manager or education lead for support to undertake the course and to access placements with your employer.

To make a general enquiry or request an application form, please telephone, email or write to:
Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839