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

The interview and selection day begins at 9am with a welcome and introductions. In the morning we’ll review the documents we’ve asked you to bring (see below for details) and you’ll complete a numeracy test and a literacy test. If you pass all of the morning’s tests, your interview will take place in the afternoon.


Documents you must bring with you

There are a number of documents you MUST bring to the interview and selection day. We don’t like to turn candidates away from an interview but if you haven’t brought the required documents, you will be offered an alternative interview date as the University needs these documents to consider your application for the course.


Numeracy and literacy tests

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. 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.


Student Learning Contract

Our Student Learning Contract outlines the respective responsibilities of nursing students and the School of Nursing during your course. It also confirms that you understand and agree to follow relevant practice and behaviours from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code of Professional Conduct and the Kingston University Code of Student Behaviour. The Student Learning Contract should assist you in making an informed and realistic choice about your studies at Kingston. Please read it carefully before the interview and selection day and consider how the key features in the contract will affect you and how you will adapt to the course.

As a student nurse you need to have a reasonable level of physical fitness. You may be required, for example, to get on and off the floor, transfer patients, be on your feet for a long period of time and manoeuvre pieces of equipment. All candidates who are offered a place on the course are required to complete an occupational health questionnaire and offers are subject to occupational health clearance. Students with registered disabilities will be assessed by occupational health and, where possible, reasonable adjustments will be made in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act 2004.

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.


We hope you enjoy the day

The list of documents needed and the tests may seem a bit daunting, but remember this is your opportunity to decide if you want to come and study with us. The day is for you to find out what you can expect from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education as a student nurse, as well as what we will expect from you in return. It will be a day of discovery for us both.

We look forward to seeing you at your interview.

  • You may wish to download our Interview and selection day checklist [PDF] which gives you a quick one-page summary of the key information here – what you need to prepare and bring with you.

Good luck – but you shouldn’t need it if you’ve prepared well and are sure that your choice of course is right for you!


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 or if you would like a paper copy of the documents listed here.