Interview and selection day: Nursing/Registered Nurse

Interview and selection day: Nursing/Registered Nurse

Thank you for your application to study in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, and congratulations on your invitation to our interview and selection day.

Here you’ll find more information about the day, how to prepare and what to bring with you. If we make you an offer, we very much hope that you’ll accept Kingston as your first choice and join us for the next academic year.

Please read all of the information carefully, including the information in PDF documents.


Interview and selection day programme

Refer to the email invitation, and below, to get an indication of the expected arrival time:

  1. If you hold GCSE Maths & English at grade C or above you will be exempt from taking a numeracy and literacy test at interview. However, you must ensure that you bring your qualifications with you on the day and arrive at a later time of 11.00am.
  2. If you do not hold one or both qualifications, you must let us know straightaway as you will need to take both numeracy and literacy tests and arrive at an earlier time of 9.30am. If you pass both tests, you will proceed to the next stage of the interview.


Documents you must bring with you

There are a number of documents you MUST bring to the interview and selection day in order for us to check that you meet the criteria and process any potential offer given.


Numeracy and literacy tests for candidates who do not hold GCSE Maths & English at grade C or above

Nurses need to be both numerate and literate to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). During the interview and selection day you’ll complete a numeracy test and a literacy test and arrive at an earlier time of 9.30am. You must pass these tests in order to proceed to the interview stage. To find out more and to help you prepare, please see the following:


Preparing for your interview

Kingston University moved to degree only nursing education in September 2011 and implemented a more innovative way of interviewing candidates for our new degree programmes, called ‘multiple-mini interviews’ (MMIs).

The MMI approach is a robust and efficient assessment method that is less subjective than a panel interview, ensuring that candidates are treated fairly. The aim is to establish whether you have the appropriate skills and attributes to complete the course successfully and to practise professionally.

During the MMI you’ll undertake a cycle of five assessment stations with six tasks, scenarios or questions. Each station will assess some of the key characteristics identified by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in their review of pre-registration nursing education, allowing us to ascertain your suitability for nurse training. These characteristics are identified in the Student Nurse Person Specification (see below). Please read carefully the following information for further details of this process:

You can also find some useful information on preparing for your interview in the ‘Scrubbing Up’ section of A Taste of Medicine, a website designed to assist students applying for courses in medicine and healthcare.

To further assist you we would suggest that you read the article ‘Putting the 6 C’s at the heart of nurse education‘.  The article will provide you with a good indication of the characteristics we are looking for from our student nurses.

Student Nurse Person Specification

In applying to be a student nurse, you’re not only applying for a place on a university course but also for a future career. Our Student Nurse Person Specification outlines the skills and qualities required. The assessments you’ll undertake in the multiple-mini interview will investigate how well you meet these skills and qualities.


Occupational health

If you have any health problems you feel may impact on your nursing studies, we recommend that you discuss this informally with the admissions tutor or admissions staff either while waiting for your MMI or on completion of your MMI. Our equal opportunities policy means that we cannot ask you specific questions about your health or make decisions based on any health information you choose to disclose. If you’re unsure whether your health condition may affect your ability to study on the course, you may wish to discuss this with our occupational health consultants at St George’s NHS Trust on tel 020 8725 2633.

How to find us

The interview and selection day will take place at our Kingston Hill campus. Kingston University has three main campuses – the Kingston Hill campus is about a mile from Kingston town centre (around 15 minutes by bus). For maps and directions see:

Note: If you’re travelling by car and parking within the campus, you’ll need to display a temporary parking permit on your windscreen. Temporary permits are available from the reception desk in the Stable Block on arrival, and are valid for parking in Car Park D.

After your interview

You’ll be advised formally via UCAS of the outcome of your interview. This is usually done at the end of each calendar month. Please look at your UCAS TRACK for the decision. UCAS will normally email you to inform you that a decision has been made.

If you’re made an offer, you’ll receive a number of emails from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education and Kingston University with information on what you need to do next.

If you firmly accept our offer at UCAS, you’ll also be sent emails about our ‘Getting Ready’ website which has further information about your course and the start date.

Occupational health forms and instructions on how to complete the online Disclosure and Barring Service application will be sent to you, usually in June or July, prior to the start of the course.

Please be sure to keep your personal details updated at UCAS, so that you receive all the information from the University and the Faculty.


Any queries or concerns?

Please email if you have any queries or concerns about the interview and selection day.