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The Selection Process 

When applying for nursing courses at The University of Nottingham, we are looking for you to demonstrate:

  • 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


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

BSc (Hons) Nursing

We run interview days on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout January and February each year.

We invite a number of applicants to attend each day and all candidates are interviewed in small groups.

Outline of the day

The day consists of:

  • an introductory presentation
  • the chance to meet and talk to academic staff, current students, practice staff and users and carers over lunch
  • a group interview in the afternoon – adult branch only. The Mental Health and Child branch will have Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)

The interviewers will be a mix of academic staff, practice staff and user/carers, who will judge all applicants according to a set of criteria – information about these criteria is available below and will also be sent to applicants with their invitation letters.

There may also be observers joining the interview groups, however they will not normally participate in the interviews.

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 the Advanced Standing portfolio requirement 

Outline of the day

You will arrive at the Derby Education Centre and meet the Admissions administrative staff and Admissions Tutor, before completing brief administrative processes followed by short presentations about the course and multiple mini interviews (MMI).

Depending on your appointed arrival time, you will start with either the presentations or the MMI process. You should expect the process to last for approximately 2-3 hours.

What is the Advanced Standing Portfolio?

A condition of beginning a Graduate Entry Nursing course is the demonstration of the achievement of competencies expected of a Year 1 nursing student.

This involves completing a portfolio demonstrating how you have achieved particular domains and is submitted electronically using PebblePad.

In addition to the presentations on interview day, there will be webinars to assist you if you have questions about completing your Advanced Standing portfolio prior to an Offer Holders day in May.




Interview tips for all courses

  • demonstrate that you understand the demands of the course
  • communicate clearly and effectively
  • contribute to, and engage with others in the interview situation

Applicants for the Graduate Entry in Nursing (GEN) course will also have to demonstrate the competencies of a year one nursing student. In all cases it is useful to highlight this experience or proposed experience in your personal statement.

School of Health Sciences

B Floor, South Block Link
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 86500