The following preparation should be
completed if you have been invited to interview for the BA
(Hons) Social Work programme:
You must get a referee to complete the second
reference form and you must bring the completed form along with you on the day.
For all interviews, we advise you to think about the reasons why
you want to study the course you have applied for or your chosen career path.
We suggest that you do some reading and research in advance in
regards to the topic ‘what is the role of social workers in modern society?’ Suggested
N. (2016) The Professional Social Worker:
meeting the challenge. Palgrave MacMillian.
- www.communitycare.co.uk. This website discusses current social work
- The Guardian newspaper
We advise you to think about your personal commitment to the Social
Work core values mentioned above.
Take a detailed look at the University of Plymouth’s website, as
well as the professional and regulatory body website for social workers, which
will provide you with details and links for preparing your application and how
to succeed in your interview.
On the day of your interview
Please bring the following with you:
- Your second reference
- Some form of photo identification with you, such as a
passport or driving license. You will not be able to complete your
interview without this.
interview at our Main Campus
Your session will begin at 9.00am.
Please arrive promptly 15 minutes before your session is due to start. You will
be sent a confirmation email with your chosen time and date once you book on to
your preferred interview slot. The schedule outline is as follows:
introduction and outline of the day
brief written test will be your first task of the day and will provide us
with evidence of your ability to write clearly and coherently in English.
We will also score you in relation to spelling, punctuation and grammar,
in addition to your self-awareness and personal insight into your own
strengths and weaknesses. If you have a specific disability, please
contact us in advance of the day so that we can make reasonable
adjustments if required.
topic of the discussion will be ‘what is the role of social workers in
modern society?’ We suggest you complete the pre-work listed above to
enable you to have a discussion within a small group. A panel of
interviewers will observe this task.
will be your opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the social
worker role, and how you can utilise your experience and skills to
contribute in a positive way to the profession. Usually, a panel of three
people including academic staff, employers and service users / carers will
ask you questions.
finish time will be 17:00pm.
After your interview
decision to offer places is based on your performance in all the above
alongside both your references and original application.
If you are successful at interview
and are made a conditional offer, as part of your offer you will need to
complete a DBS and Occupational Health check. If you do not pass these checks
satisfactorily, you will not be able to start a course with us. For more
information on how to complete these checks, please visit our Health and Human
Sciences- additional checks page.
If you are offered a place with us you
will be invited to one of our Applicant Days to give you the opportunity to learn more about the university.
do I book my interview?
successful submission of your application, you will be sent an email with a
unique link to our online booking system. You can use our online system to
select an interview date that best suits your availability.
you have not received this email, please be sure to check your junk or clutter
if I need to reschedule my interview after I have booked onto one?
can change, move or reschedule your interview at any stage using the online
booking system. If you are unable to attend any of the dates shown, then please
do email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 1752 585858.
if I have applied for more than one programme?
you have applied for more than programme listed, you will require an additional
interview for the other course, to establish if you are suitable for that
happens after my interview?
you are successful at interview, your offer will be conditional on meeting the
academic requirements for the course, satisfactory health and DBS checks. For
further information, please visit the Health and Care
Professions Council’s website.