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Health and Social Care interviews

As part of the application process for a Health and Social Care course, candidates whose initial application to LSBU is successful will be invited for an interview.

The interview is the last part of the selection process and is an opportunity to explain face-to-face to LSBU academic staff and our Health Trust partners why you are the right student for the course. To help you prepare for the day we have provided you with some useful interview guidance below including our own interview tips. Make sure you also review the guidance specific to your course.

Midwifery BSc applicants need to have their GCSE Science, Maths and English qualifications before being invited to interview.

Documents to bring

  • Passport/driving licence: Your identity will be checked against your passport or driving licence. You must bring one of these documents with you to your interview. If you forget we will not be able to interview you.

The Multiple Mini Interview process (MMI)

In your MMI, you will be part of a small group of applicants moving around four individual stations.  You will be asked a total of five questions in a one-to-one interview style, with the interviewer at the first station asking you two questions and the other interviewers asking you one question each. Four minutes are allowed for each answer and one minute for moving between stations. As the first interviewer will ask you two questions without you having to move stations, your time with them will be nine minutes in total.

For social work or children's nursing students: your final station will be a written station with 10 minutes provided to complete your answer.

If you have any support needs and require reasonable adjustments please email the Admissions Team at least 48 hours before your interview.

Each interviewer will ask you to consider a realistic scenario from everyday life or related to a situation that a health and social care professional may need to manage within their working life. You will be asked to discuss what you might do in the given situation or try to solve. You are not expected to demonstrate clinical knowledge but instead reflect on your experiences from placement or work experience when forming your responses.

What interviewers are looking for

Answers to the questions in your MMI are measured against values and attributes of the University and the NHS. For chiropractic or sport rehabilitation students the values of the accrediting body for your profession will also be considered. Interviewers are looking for honest, genuine answers that are true to you and demonstrate that you have the values and attributes expected for the course.

Values and Attributes for professions

All professions:

Additional:

Interview preparation tips

  • Ensure you get a good night's sleep the night before your interview
  • Give yourself extra time for unexpected travel disruptions
  • Dress smartly and appropriately for your interview
  • Be clear, confident and convincing about your reason for choosing this career
  • Reflect on your personal qualities, skills and what you have learnt through any placement or work experience with your answers
  • Stay calm and collected; take your time to consider your answers

Applicants for some nursing courses will be asked to submit preferences for their potential host Trust whilst at interview.

Travel

Our Southwark campus is situated near the Elephant and Castle underground station and train station and has several bus stops outside. Our Havering campus is situated near Harold Wood train station. There is no parking available at either University campuses. For information on travelling to the campuses and local transport links, visit our maps and travel page.

Venue

You are advised to arrive at the interview venue stated in your UCAS invitation letter 10 minutes prior to your interview time and report to the reception desk. You will be met by a Health Interview Assistant, who is a Student Ambassador or member of staff. They should be able to answer your queries about being a university student at LSBU. If you have been accompanied by anyone they will be asked to wait in a quiet area until your interview is over.

Result

If you have been successful at interview you will be notified through UCAS Track, usually within two weeks of your interview, and offered a place on your chosen course.

Prepare to start

If you have a place at LSBU, congratulations! For information on your next steps visit your course page and check the prepare to start information.

 
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