University Of Cumbria Nursing Interview

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University Of Cumbria Nursing Interview

Your guide to your interview session

Degree Nursing Interview Day Programme
9:45 Meet and Greet
10:00 Numeracy Test
10:30 Course Information
11:00 Break
11:15 Group Activity
12:00 Lunch (provided in The View/Skiddaw Dining Room)
13:00 Specific field of nursing course information
13:15 Individual Interviews
17:00 Activities Complete

Note: The programme times above are only a guide, so times may be altered slightly during the day. Individual interviews are likely to be held within the times outlined above, therefore some candidates will finish earlier than others.

What you need to bring


We will need to see evidence of the qualifications you have already achieved at interview. Please bring both original certificates and photocopies in a clearly named envelope which show passes in the following areas:

  • Grade C or above in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science/ Social Science or equivalent.
  • Any level 3 qualifications (A-levels, BTEC or equivalent) if already achieved.

Please note:

  • The Admissions team will keep a copy of your certificates on file but you will be able to take home your originals on the day.
  • Original certificates can include exam board certificates, candidate statement of results, and official transcripts and certificates from colleges and universities. We can accept candidate statements of results only when they have come from the exam board, not the print-outs provided by schools.
  • If you have changed your name since the certificates were issued, please bring your birth certificate, change of name deed or marriage certificate as appropriate.

Essential Information

The BSc (Hons) degree in Nursing is an academic qualification combined with a professional nursing qualification.

Much of the academic work for all specialisms is taught jointly. Nursing practice and experience in your professional specialism will take place during block placements of between 10 and 12 weeks in a range of health care settings. Placements will be in North Lancashire and Cumbria.

The course has full approval of the NHS Trusts in the area, and support is provided for placements by the NHS and University of Cumbria staff.

Diagram of NHS value based assessment

Values Based Recruitment

From 1 April 2015, all Higher Education Institutions delivering NHS funded training programmes will be required to assess students for their values using the core requirements set out in the Value Based Recruitment (VBR) framework. This assessment will take place as part of our recruitment and selection process.

Please ensure that you prepare in advance of your interview.  Your interview will be conducted by a course tutor and representatives from the NHS may also be present.

Numeracy Test

In line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2009) Standards for pre-registration midwifery education, we are addressing standard 4.2 for literacy and numeracy on entry by asking applicants to complete diagnostic numeracy tasks at interview. The numeracy task will last 20 mins.

You may find it useful to try the sample numeracy test provided below.

Sample Numeracy Test

Please bring a pen and, should you wish to use one in your numeracy test, a calculator.

Group Activity

As part of the interview process you will be put into groups and asked to complete a task.

Please bring a passport sized photo of yourself to the interview. This will help us to identify you during the group activity.

Campus Tours

Student Ambassadors will be available for campus tours (including accommodation) in the afternoon from 13.00. Tours last around 30 minutes. Applicants with a late interview might want to go for a campus tour before their interview.