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 Covid-19 pandemic. Your application for 2023 entry will not be negatively affected if you’ve been unable to complete work experience you had planned.
From 15 March 2022, the UK government revoked the requirement for students engaged in patient-facing health or social care settings to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This means that while we still encourage all eligible students to become fully vaccinated, there will be no impediment to you starting your course, regardless of your Covid-19 vaccination status.


Being a nurse can be a rewarding and exciting career, giving you the chance to make a difference in people's lives. When applying for a nursing course at the University of Nottingham, we're 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


As part of our selection process, you'll be invited to attend an interview.

For 2023 entry, interviews for all of our nursing courses will take place online using Microsoft Teams.

If you're successful in being selected for an interview, you'll receive an email invitation and be asked to book a slot. The interviewers will be with an academic or either a current 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 2023, please get in touch.


You'll have an individual interview with two interviewers. The interview will last approximately 25 to 30 minutes during which you'll be asked a small number of fixed questions. You'll be marked against a fixed criteria that allows for consistent results across all interviews.

What we're looking for

  • 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're 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. 

School of Health Sciences

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

telephone: +44 (0)115 95 15559