Interview and selection day: BA(Hons) Working with Children and Young People

Interview and selection day: BA(Hons) Working with Children and Young People

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. 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 9.00am 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 will hear about the course and have an individual interview.


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 with you, you’ll be offered an alternative interview date as the University needs these documents to consider your application for the course.


Preparing for your interview

During your interview you’ll be expected to talk about your motivation to study and your relevant skills and qualities. You should also be prepared to demonstrate some background knowledge of the children’s work force and to show that you’ve researched your choice of course and profession.

The interview

You’ll have a short individual interview with two people. After the interview, you’re free to leave.

Occupational health

You need to have a reasonable level of physical fitness. 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 social work studies, we recommend that you discuss this informally with your interviewers at the end of the interview. Our equal opportunities policy means that interviewers 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 social worker, 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.


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 an email from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education with an offer letter and some occupational health forms. You’ll subsequently receive a number of documents such as ‘What Next’ which tells you about your offer and what you need to do next, from Kingston University’s Admissions team.

If you decide to accept the offer, it is important that you complete the occupational health questionnaire and ask your doctor to complete the GP questionnaire as soon as possible and return these to the Faculty. You only need to do this once you’ve decided to accept the offer FIRMLY. If you’re undecided, you need to do no more until you’ve made a firm decision.

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.

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.