Recruitment for this course considers not only the values of the specific profession you are wishing to join, but also the values of the wider NHS. You can expect to be shortlisted and interviewed based upon these values as well as course/profession specific requirements. More information on values can be found here.
Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview. When we select applicants for interview we take a number of factors into account and one of the main ones is that you are able to demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of nursing.
You should set aside time to complete the application form (further information can be found here) as the decision as to whether you are called for interview is based on the form. The personal statement is very important and you must say why you want to become a nurse and demonstrate your commitment to and understanding of the profession.
You need to include full details regarding any relevant care work carried out, such as the nature of the work you have completed and the interaction you have undertaken with the patients. Also what observational shadowing work you have done with reference to the qualified nurses who are employed at the home or hospital. Relevant experience can also be obtained through volunteer placements, such as those offered by Volunteering Matters. Visit volunteeringmatters.org.uk for information.
We take into account what your referees say about you, and it is important that you give us the names and addresses of relevant referees, for example you should not use friends or relatives. We also look at your academic background and we take into account any criminal convictions or police cautions that you might have.
If the screening of your UCAS form is successful then you will be invited to a selection day. They are held in blocks twice a year and the day consists of introductory talks, literacy and numeracy tests, a group discussion and an interview. The interview panel usually consists of a Mental Health Nursing lecturer and a practising nurse. The interview panel has a set of criteria by which all applicants are judged. In general they are looking for applicants who can:
- Communicate clearly in spoken and written standard English
- Convey enthusiasm about their chosen profession and react appropriately to the group discussion
- Explain why they want to become a nurse and be able to give evidence that they understand the role of the nurse
- Show that they have an appropriate educational background
Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, and are subject to a satisfactory reference, health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).