School of Health Sciences

The Selection Process

Please note: we are not expecting any work experience to have taken place or be ongoing after March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Your application for 2021 entry will not be negatively affected if you’ve been unable to complete work experience you had planned.
 

 

When you apply for a nursing course at the University of Nottingham, we are looking for you to show us:

  • why you want to be a nurse
  • your commitment to your chosen field of nursing
  • an understanding of the demands of the role
  • academic achievements
  • a caring and committed attitude
  • teamwork, social, organisational and time-management skills
  • the skills gained from relevant work, voluntary and other experiences
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Interviews

Shortlisted candidates for both the BSc (Hons) Nursing and MSc Graduate Entry Nursing are invited to attend an interview.

For 2022 entry, the interviews for BSc Nursing will be taking place online using Microsoft Teams over a period of four weeks in January, February and March.

If you are successful in being selected for interview you will receive and invitation and be asked to book a slot. The interviewers will be an academic and either a present student, practice staff or one of our simulated group; representing the public.

If you have any questions or need further information about the interviews for 2022, please get in touch with our support hub.

For 2022 entry, the interviews for MSc Graduate Entry Nursing (GEN) will be taking place online using Microsoft Teams over the period of November 2021 to May 2022.

If you are successful in being selected for interview you will receive and invitation and be asked to book a slot. The interviewers will be an academic and either a practice staff or one of our simulated group; representing the public. The interview will still aim to assess the areas it usually does, including a short presentation that you will have been asked to prepare and an individual interview.

If you have any questions or need further information about the interviews for 2022, please get in touch with our support hub.

 

BSc (Hons) Nursing

We run interview days on various days of the week starting from November and running into early March. All take place in the School of Health Sciences; this is adjacent to the Queen's Medical Centre, one of our major Trust partners.

There is also the opportunity to be interviewed over the internet. This could be useful for candidates who live a distance from Nottingham or cannot attend a face-to-face interview. You will have the option of which you prefer. The content and structure of the interview process will be the same in both cases.

We invite a number of applicants to attend each day and candidates arrive at different times during the day. This ensures that we have sufficient time for each candidate. 

Outline of the day

The day consists of:

  • an introductory talk
  • the chance to meet and talk to academic staff, current students and practice staff
  • a tour of the main School 
  • a chance to ask questions
  • the interview itself

All candidates will have an individual interview with two interviewers. The interviewers will be an academic and either a present student, practice staff or one of our simulated group; representing the public. The interview will last approximately 25-30 minutes during which you will be asked a small number of fixed questions. You will be marked against fixed criteria that allow for consistent results across all interviews.

What we're looking for

The criteria we examine are:

  • good communication skills
  • your understanding of the field of nursing that you are entering
  • your ability to demonstrate care and compassion in terms of the answers you give

We are not expecting extensive nursing knowledge but you need to demonstrate you understand the general principles of nursing. We ask you to come prepared with a question that you wish to ask us during the interview. This is not graded but we hope that this helps you settle into the interview process. 

MSc-GEN Graduate Entry Nursing

The interview is an opportunity for prospective students to:

  • visit where the theoretical component of their course will be delivered
  • learn about the specifics of the GEN curriculum
  • ask questions and gain advice on all aspects of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) which are the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements for undertaking this course 

Outline of the day

You will arrive at the Queen's Medical Centre and meet the Admissions administrative staff and Admissions Tutor, before completing brief administrative processes and a short presentation about the course.

This is followed by the interview consisting of a short presentation that you will have been asked to prepare and a face to face interview.

There will also be an opportunity to tour the School of Health Sciences and Medical School where most theoretical learning is provided. Our student ambassadors lead these tours and are a rich source of knowledge about student life at Nottingham.

What we're looking for

Applicants for the Graduate Entry in Nursing (GEN) course will have to demonstrate the skills they have gained as a graduate and how these may be transferable to the learning environment of nursing.

In addition, they need to demonstrate they possess the desirable attributes of those seeking a career in nursing. Discussion of relevant experience is helpful here.

In all cases it is useful to highlight relevant transferable skills and experience or proposed experience in your personal statement.

 

 

School of Health Sciences

B236, Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

telephone: +44 (0)115 95 15559
email: mhssupport@nottingham.ac.uk