Bournemouth University Interview

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Bournemouth University Interview

Interview information for Health & Social Sciences students

If you are applying for one of the following courses, you will be asked to attend an interview as part of the selection process:

Admissions process

If your application for one of the above courses is shortlisted, you will receive an invite to attend an interview. Please ensure that you have replied to any of our prior queries before attending your interview.

Things to consider before your interview

  • Why do you want to study the course?
  • Why Bournemouth?
  • What is your understanding of the profession?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What is it about the course at BU you like most?
  • What aspects of the course do you think you will find most challenging, and how will you overcome these challenges?
  • Why do you want to work with people?
  • Have you considered other professions and why have you chosen this one?
  • What will you bring to group work?
  • What kind of study facilities do you think you would like to access? (e.g. library resources)
  • Do you have any questions?

Dos and don’ts to nail the interview


  • Prepare – get to know about the course, the university and the profession beforehand
  • Ask someone to practise interviewing you so you get used to answering questions in a formal setting
  • Think about why you really want to come to BU and to this profession
  • Show how enthusiastic you are
  • Be yourself
  • Be honest
  • Arrive early
  • Make eye contact
  • Remember to bring important documents and do any pre-interview work that is required
  • Make sure you have plenty of time so if you are driving, make sure there is enough time on your parking meter or book a late train home.


  • Be late
  • Look scruffy – remember this is an interview, dress smart but not over the top
  • Let nerves or shyness get you down – you’ve got this far, be confident and positive
  • Forget to check the time and place of your interview
  • Dominate, it’s not how much you say that counts in a group interview but also how well you work with others
  • Pretend you know things that you don’t. It’s fine to not know everything and much better to be honest.

What to bring to your interview

Please bring one passport-sized photograph of yourself, with your name clearly written on the back.

Please do not bring along educational certificates and identity documents – if you successfully gain a place we will ask for further documentation then.

If you are attending an interview for the BA (Hons) Social Work degree, you should also bring a copy of your supplementary application form for you to refer you – please note we will be unable to provide you with a copy of this on the day. We are happy for you to take this and any other notes you may have into the interview.