BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child Health) - recruitment days

What is a nursing recruitment day?


The nursing recruitment day has two purposes:

  • We are looking to assess your skills in areas that cannot be fully examined from your UCAS application form. Communications skills are essential for all health professionals, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) "...requires programme providers to ensure that processes are in place for assessment of an applicant's/students good health and good character at admission to, during, and on completion of pre-registration nursing programmes" (Standards of proficiency for pre-registration nursing education, NMC).
  • It is a chance for you to find out more about the course, our facilities and the University in general.
  • There is also the opportunity to talk to current students during the day.
NB: The nursing recruitment day is a compulsory part of the admissions process for child health nursing, you will be allocated a date to attend and if you are unable to make this we will endeavour to find you another. However failure to attend the second date will lead to your application being withdrawn. 

What is the assessment?


  • The assessment is split into two parts; one being a written assessment, the other an assessment with a member of the child health nursing team and a qualified professional currently working in the NHS.
  • The written assessment will focus on the role of a child health nurse, whilst for the second assessment you will be given a variety of scenarios to review for five minutes before selecting the one which you will then be asked questions about for approximately 10 minutes. 

Why am I having this assessment?


  • Your UCAS application allows us to identify whether you meet the course criteria academically, and it also gives us an insight into your understanding of the profession and why you wish to start nurse training. The communications assessment allows us to assess your skills in communication, which are valuable to the profession as you will be working with a variety of people during your career. It also allows us to assess your interpersonal skills and how you interact with people. 

Who will I be meeting with?


  • The nursing recruitment day team will consist of our academic admissions tutors, nursing lecturers and current nursing professionals working in the NHS.
  • There is also the opportunity to talk to our student ambassadors who are students currently studying with the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences. We endeavour to have representatives from the adult nursing branches.
  • You will on arrival meet with an admissions administrator who will collect all documentation required form you.

How do I know what to bring and when will I be invited?


  • If your application is successful at stage 1 then you will be invited to a nursing recruitment day. The admissions team will send you a letter advising the date, location and timings. They will also include a nursing recruitment day booklet and other relevant information. The booklet will highlight details of what you should bring. All candidates are required to bring a valid form of photographic identification (such as a passport) with them. Failure to do so will mean that you will not be allowed to complete the communications assessment.

What is the format of a nursing recruitment day?


  • The nursing recruitment days are broken into AM and PM sessions, below is an example of how the sessions will run.

Morning Session
09:15 - 09:30 Registration (Document Checking)
09:30 - 10:10 Welcome and subject talk
10:10 - 12:30 Communications assessments

- Campus tours, accommodation DVD and funding information

Afternoon Session
12:45 - 13:00 Registration (Document Checking)
13:15 - 13:30 Welcome
13:30 - 14:45 Communications assessments
14:45 - 15:15 Subject talk

- Campus tours, accommodation DVD and funding information

  • When you are not having your communication assessment you are free to use the time as you would like. However, there will be student ambassadors and University support staff available to talk to you on a more information one-to-one basis to try and help you with any questions or concerns that you might have.

What happens after the nursing recruitment day?


  • Once you have attended the nursing recruitment day your application with be reviewed again with your scores in the assessment, references and personal statement.

Can I bring anyone on the day?


  • If you are invited to a nursing recruitment day details regarding guests will be sent in the letter.