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Nursing and midwifery application and interviews

Our advice to help you prepare

Congratulations on being invited for interview for our nursing and midwifery courses. This is an opportunity for us to find out about you and your journey so far.

Remember that there are no trick questions and we'll try out best to make you feel comfortable and at ease.

How we'll assess you

Your knowledge of midwifery, nursing and the NHS

  • Knowledge and awareness of midwifery or your chosen field of nursing
  • Awareness of contemporary issues in the NHS
  • Experience of caring for others
  • Awareness of a qualified nurse or midwife's role and responsibilities in the specified field.

Your outlook

  • Ability to demonstrate your non-judgemental approach and cultural awareness
  • Evidence of personal awareness, empathy and caring approach.

Your skills

  • Clear and coherent communication skills
  • Time management skills
  • Knowledge of, and coping strategies for, challenges during the course
  • Knowledge of advantages and disadvantages of working in teams.

You should expect to spend around two to three hours with us. You will need to bring along a form of ID such as your passport or driving license.

  • Prepare for tests

    Remind yourself about exam technique too so you don't run out of time during the written tests.

    Prepare for your interview

    You should prepare by thinking about your answers to questions such as why you'll be an effective nurse or midwife, or how you will cope with the rigours of the course. We're looking for responses that show you've done your preparation and you have real life examples to support your answers.

    Materials to read and complete before your interview

    You should also familiarise yourself with journals such as Nursing Standard, Nursing Times, British Journal of Midwifery or The Practising Midwife. For nursing you should consider the specific requirements of the field of nursing you have chosen.

    If you are applying for a PGDip Nursing, please also have a look through our FAQ guide.

  • Course specific questions

    You will be asked the following nursing or midwifery question at your interview. We want to see that you have considered your response carefully and are able to provide a rationale for the answer you provide.

    Nursing

    You are given £1million to spend on an improvement to healthcare in your local area.

    What would you spend it on and why have you identified this as important?

    Midwifery

    Read this Training for Resilience article and consider the key messages.

    Think about how they may apply to you as a future student midwife. What have you learned from the article and is there anything you found surprising?

Your career in nursing and midwifery

Watch our video to hear from staff and students at Middlesex University and the NHS about what to expect from your future career. Hear about the qualities of a good nurse or midwife and the benefits of working in healthcare.

After your interview

We aim to contact you within seven working days to inform you of the outcome of your interview. If you are successful we will update your UCAS track record with your offer and the conditions you need to meet. You will also receive an email from us if you have been successful.

Got a question about your interview?


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