How to prepare for your Adult Nursing interview

Great tips from our Admissions Team

If you're preparing for your interview for the Adult Nursing degree at USW, here are some great tips from the Admissions Team. 

The interview panel will consist of an academic, a clinician, and possibly a young person from one of our local comprehensive schools.


Research the Adult Nursing degree and the University by looking at the website and attending an Open Day. 

Also look at relevant websites such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Royal College of Nursing; Royal College of Midwifery and the Nursing Times.

Get as much practical experience as you can. This is the best way to show your enthusiasm and commitment. Not only will it give you a true insight into the real world of nursing, it will also give you plenty to talk about in the interview.

On the day

Be on time! Make sure you know where you need to be and how to get here with plenty of time to spare.

Bring all documentation we've asked you for, particularly the bar code that we'll need to scan on the day.

Dress in smart clothes. Remember, this is an interview for a professional course.

Re-read your application form and personal statement. We will ask you to elaborate on it and it’s vital to remember what you've said. 

Prepare for common questions 

Why you have chosen this field of nursing; what do you know about the role and responsibilities of a nurse in this area?

What qualities do you need to be a good nurse? Think about how your talents and skills match the qualities needed. Read The All Wales Dignity at Work Policy and NHS England’s Compassion in Practice for guidance. Also consider what you would want from a nurse.

Why have you chosen USW to study nursing? What do you know about our course; have you been to an Open Day?

What do you understand by the term 'professional'? What qualities do you need to be a professional?

What current issues in nursing interest/are of concern to you?

What do you know about the NMC and registration? Read The Code for guidance.

Finally, be confident, be calm and be yourself. Good luck!

When will you hear?

Where applications are made by 15th January, the majority of interview decisions will be made by the 31st March and decisions will be communicated via UCAS or through the USW applicant portal. We appreciate your patience during this time and would like to remind you that if you applied through UCAS and have received offers from any other Universities, you will not lose these offers before your UCAS Reply Deadline.

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