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Health & Social Care students benefit from university interview preparation event

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Not all universities call applicants for interview nowadays, but one area where students do generally have to prepare for university selection interviews is in Nursing and Healthcare.

A sizeable percentage of our Health & Social Care students take the higher education route, so to prepare them for their interviews, our Health and Social Care department, led by course team leader Lisa Myson, organised a morning of demanding tasks.

Each student received an invitation letter in advance with joining instructions. This told them when to arrive, where to go and what to bring.

The day started with registration, to mirror the more formal atmosphere of interviews. This was followed by a maths (with and without a calculator) and literacy test. We know that some universities include these as part of the interview process rather than accepting GCSE results.

Students watched a film clip in preparation for an assessment of their understanding of the 6Cs of nursing/care values.

They then were given multiple mini interviews, as is common practice. These consisted of:

  1. situational judgement tests
  2. a team work scenario
  3. an advocacy scenario
  4. a response to images
  5. a care values assessment.

Students experienced the pressure of interview situations and the need to think on their feet.

Finally, there were group discussions, again a common component of interviews. A question was read out, and students were assessed on their ability to contribute to a complex topic. The focus was on active participation but also on listening skills, awareness of others and sensitivity to their needs. It was also an opportunity to demonstrate leadership. Throughout the discussions, staff were careful not to give feedback, so the onus was on students to maintain the debate.

Chris Cope, Head of Sport, PE and Healthcare, says: “Lisa’s planning of the event was impeccable and students said it was invaluable in helping them prepare for any forthcoming interviews.”

Here are some of the degree courses being taken by students who completed their studies with us in 2017: Nursing Studies at King’s College, London, Midwifery at Anglia Ruskin, Midwifery at Surrey University, Nursing at Birmingham University, Nursing (Mental Health) at the University of the West of England, Nursing (Adult / Child) at Anglia Ruskin, Early Childhood Studies at York St. John University,  Health & Social Care at Lincoln University, Health & Social Care at Bangor University and Social Work at Leeds University.