School of Health Sciences - Interviews School of Health Sciences - Interviews

All undergraduate courses within the School of Health Sciences undertake interviews as part of the application process. This includes Adult Nursing, Children’s Nursing, Learning Disabilities Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Operating Department Practice, Paramedic Science, Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Therapy.

If you’ve applied for one of these courses, we’ll need you to undertake an interview before any offer can be made. We’ll be in touch with you as soon as we can to let you know if you’ve been selected for interview after you submit an application.

Interview format

We will use different interview formats for different courses, but in most cases, your interview will be one of the following:

·         A ‘multiple mini interview’ session (conducted on our campus with four different interviewers)

·         A telephone interview (conducted at a pre-arranged time with an academic staff member)

·         A Skype interview (conducted at a pre-arranged time with an academic staff member)

We’ll inform you of the type of interview you’ll need to undertake, and the time and day of the interview, after you apply. Please note that you will not be able to request a different interview format from that which we specify in our interview invitation.

Telephone/Skype interviews

If we want to interview you over the phone/on Skype, we’ll email you to let you know, and we’ll provide you with a specific time and date for this. We might also ask for some further information at the same time, and it’s important that you read this through carefully and provide us with all of the information that we request before your interview takes place.

What to expect on the call

The interviewer will introduce themselves and confirm some details with you, and you’ll have an opportunity to ask any questions before you begin. The interviewer will then ask if you’re happy to start your interview.

We can’t tell you what the interview questions might be, but in general terms we might look to assess your reasons for wanting to enter the profession, your suitability for the profession (with consideration to the NHS values, as reflected in the NHS constitution), your understanding of the profession, and any relevant work experience that you might have.

The interview itself will last no longer than around 15-20 minutes, but there will be time before and after the interview for further discussion, so the phone call might last 30 minutes or more. The interviewer will advise when the interview process is complete, after which point the assessment period will be over. The interviewer will then give you some time to ask any further questions and have a quick chat about the course (remember that the assessment period will have been concluded by this point, so please feel free to ask whatever you like)!

Interviews on campus

It’s likely that your interview will take place in one of two locations: the Queen’s Building or the Edith Cavell Building. Please be careful to follow the information in your interview invitation email to see which location you need to report to, or contact admissions if you’re unsure.

The Queen’s Building is located on our Main Campus. Please view or download our campus map for further information. When you arrive please wait in the main entrance foyer, where we’ll come and meet you.

The Edith Cavell Building is located next to the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital on our West Campus. You can view or download our campus map for further information. Please note that the Edith Cavell Building is at least a 20 minute walk from the UEA Main Campus. When you arrive please report to the main reception desk or wait in the main entrance foyer, where we’ll come and meet you.

 

How to get here

If you’re travelling by car and your interview is on a weekday, we recommend that you use the Cotessey Park and Ride (NR9 3LX). Please check your interview location to ensure that you use the right bus service (510 for the Edith Cavell Building, West Campus or 511 for the Queens Building, Main Campus). Parking is not usually available on weekdays at the West or Main Campus. 

At weekends, parking is available on our Main Campus in the main car park (P1 on our campus map). The postcode for UEA is NR4 7TJ. Costessey Park and Ride does not run on a Saturday.

If you’re travelling by train, on arrival into Norwich you can use First Bus Services to get to our campus (service 25 or 26 for the Main Campus or service 26 for the West Campus). Alternatively, it will usually take around 15 minutes by taxi.

National Express and Megabus stops are also located on our Main Campus, and there are regular local bus services from Norwich city centre to our Main Campus (look for ‘University’ or UEA), or our West Campus (look for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital).

If you are looking to extend your stay and find out more about what our fantastic city has to offer, take a look at Visit Norwich for some excellent tips and recommendations.

 

What you’ll need to bring with you

You’ll need to bring copies and originals of all of the documents listed in your interview invitation email. We’ll keep the copies for our records, but we’ll also need to see the originals to be sure of the validity of the documents. The documents we’ll ask for might include:

·         A valid passport or a provisional/full photo card driving licence for identification.

·         If your name has changed, a marriage certificate/Decree Absolute/Deed Poll Certificate.

·         Your academic qualifications from High School onwards (i.e. GCSE or equivalent).

Please remember that you’ll be attending an interview for a professional course. You should therefore dress as you would for a job interview.

If you’re travelling together with others or would like to bring anyone with you, you’re very welcome to do so. While the interview process takes place they’ll need to wait elsewhere. There are plenty of Cafes on our campus (including one in the Edith Cavell Building), or they can explore using our self guided tour information.

Please email admissions@uea.ac.uk if you have any individual requirements that you’d like to let us know about before you arrive.

 

What to do if you’re delayed

We recommend that you allow plenty of time to get to your interview. If you think that you might be late or if you’ve been delayed for any reason, please contact the Admissions Office on 01603 591515 to let us know. If you’re attending an interview on a Saturday and are delayed, please email ug.admissions@uea.ac.uk 

 

Accommodation on campus

The University offers on-site accommodation at Broadview Lodge, on our Main Campus. For further information and details of how to book, please use the 'contact us' page  on their website. Please also see Visit Norwich for some ideas for other local places to stay.

 

What to expect when you get here

You’ll be invited to a morning or afternoon interview session, which might last up to around three and a half hours. Please check your interview invitation for the correct start time.

When we’re ready to begin we’ll take you (along with your fellow applicants) to a room where we’ll register you and give you a quick overview of the day. You’ll then have a talk from an academic staff member. Once we’re ready to start interviewing, we’ll split you into groups and take you through to your interviews in phases. The documents that we’ll have asked you to bring with you to interview will be checked, and you’ll have the opportunity to meet some current UEA students and ask questions. The order that we do these things will vary but we’ll let you know what to expect once we get started.

The actual interview itself will last approximately 35 minutes in the format of a Multiple Mini Interview. We will direct you to four separate interview stations in succession, and you’ll spend approximately 7 minutes at each station. Applicants for BSc Children's Nursing might also have an additional interview with local school children.

We can’t tell you what the interview questions might be, but in general terms we might look to assess your reasons for wanting to enter the profession, your suitability for the profession (with consideration to the NHS values, as reflected in the NHS constitution), your understanding of the profession, and any relevant work experience that you might have.

Please note that lunch isn’t provided as part of the day, but there are onsite cafés where you can buy food and refreshments.

 

Other opportunities while you’re here

Please ensure that you get the most from your visit to UEA while you’re here.

·         Academic staff: You’ll have an opportunity to meet an academic member of staff while you’re with us, and they’ll be able to talk to you about the course or answer any questions you might have.

·         Current students: There will be current students from the School of Health Sciences with you throughout the day, so do take your chance to have a chat with them, and ask them any questions that you might not want to ask the academic staff!

·         Admissions staff: You’ll have some staff from the Admissions service with you throughout the day too, so do let them know if you’d like any information about our Admissions process.

We strongly recommend that you take a look around our beautiful campus while you’re here, if you can. A downloadable ‘self-guided tour’ is available on our self guided campus tour.

 

More options for looking around while you’re here

Interviews are held during term time, but please ask on the day if you’d like to see more of our teaching spaces and we’ll see what we can do! If teaching is taking place while you’re here and you’d like to come back for another look, you’ll have a chance to see everything during our Open Days.

Whilst we’re usually unable to offer accommodation tours on our interview days, they’ll be available as part of our Open Days later in the year.

The Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital is also nearby, so you might wish to have a quick look around while you’re here if you have time. Unfortunately, we’re usually unable to offer tours of the hospital.

 

Alternative dates/times

If you’ve been invited to an interview but you know that you won’t be able to make it, please contact the Admissions Service as soon as possible, so that we can discuss your options with you.

·         Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

·         Phone: 01603 591515

We’ll do our best to offer you an alternative date or time if we can, but in some instances this may not be possible.

If you do not attend an interview and do not notify us of your absence prior to the interview taking place, we will assume that you no longer wish to be considered for the course, and your application will be updated accordingly at UCAS.

 

After the interview

We’ll aim to provide you with an update on your application within a week of your interview, or sooner if possible. There are three potential outcomes; we may be able to make you an offer straight away, we may hold your application for later consideration (after more interviews have been undertaken), or we might need to advise you that your application has been unsuccessful. We’ll be in touch by email so do keep an eye out for any emails from UEA.

If your application is unsuccessful after interview, we’ll indicate the reason for this via UCAS. If you would like to request further feedback please email admissions@uea.ac.uk and we’ll respond with any information that we can as soon as possible. Please note that we can’t always provide feedback straight away, and in most cases we’ll only be able to do so once we’ve completed all interviews for the course you’ve applied to (usually around May).

 

Keep us up to date with your decisions

If you wish to withdraw your application or you’re not planning on attending your interview, it’s extremely important that you let the Admissions Service know, and that you update your UCAS Track as soon as possible. Please email admissions@uea.ac.uk with your full name, UCAS Personal ID Number and the reason for your application withdrawal.

 

Opportunities to visit our campus after your interview

If you’ve been interviewed over the phone, and have been successful in obtaining an offer, you might be invited to attend one of our applicant days on campus. We’ll be in touch to let you know about these, should this be an option. We strongly recommend that you attend if you haven’t already visited us on an Open Day, as you’ll be able to get a proper look at our facilities and beautiful campus, and you’ll have more of an opportunity to chat to current academic staff and students about the course. If you’ve attended an Open Day already, we still recommend that you attend an Applicant Day if you can.

Campus tours are available most Fridays during the year, a student guide will take you to view the facilities on campus and show you a selection of the accommodation that is on offer. Click here to check on the upcoming dates and the link for bookings.