School of Nursing and Midwifery

This page contains all of the information you require prior to your interview for prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Please note all applicant interviews for 2022 entry will take place through Zoom meetings.

If you have any queries regarding your interview booking, please contact our Course Enquiries and Interviews Team by emailing interviewtostudy@plymouth.ac.uk.

In addition, our Admissions Team is here to support you and answer any questions you may have regarding your application. Drop us an email at applications@plymouth.ac.uk.

Alternatively make a call to the Student Recruitment and Admissions Department to talk to either team using +44 1752 585858

Please ensure you have a form of photo identification with you on your Zoom interview, such as a passport or driving license. We will not be able to complete your interview without this.

Interview pre-work

  • To ensure we can continue to process your application efficiently, we advise that your referee has completed and emailed your second reference form before your interview. Please ensure this comes from your referee’s business/work account. If you are unable to attain a reference before your interview, please continue to make a booking and ask your referee to provide the reference as soon as possible.
  • 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. Consider the NHS Constitution.
  • We advise that you research some of the topical issues in the news.


To ensure we can continue to process your application efficiently, we advise that your referee has completed and emailed your second reference form before your interview. Please ensure this comes from your referee’s business/work account. If you are unable to attain a reference before your interview, please continue to make a booking and ask your referee to provide the reference as soon as possible.

It is mandatory to complete the three health declaration forms prior to your interview. Failure to do so may affect the process of your application. Please complete these forms in full and prior to your chosen interview date and return to applications@plymouth.ac.uk

The above pre-work must be completed if you have been invited to interview for the following programmes:

BSc (Hons) Midwifery

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult Health)

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child Health)

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)

MNurs (Hons) Nursing (Adult Health and Child Health)

MNurs (Hons) Nursing (Adult Health and Mental Health)

MNurs (Hons) Nursing (Child Health and Mental Health)

MSc Midwifery (Shortened)

MSc Midwifery (Pre-Registration)

MSc Pre-registration Nursing (Adult Health)

MSc Pre-registration Nursing (Child Health)

MSc Pre-registration Nursing (Mental Health)

In addition to the standard interview pre-work, we would also ask Mmidwifery applicants to consider the below points ahead of their interview:

Placement preference

If you are not already familiar with the southwest region or where the maternity units are located, please review this. Here you will see where the maternity hospitals are located, however it is important to point out that students will be expected to work within the community areas surrounding these units, which in some areas cover a large geographical area.

We will discuss your preferences at interview so it is important that you have had a chance to think about this prior to interview.

Blended learning programme

A blended learning version of our BSc and MSc courses will also be available from September 2022 and the shortened MSc available in September 2023, subject to NMC approval and placement availability. This will enable these students to access theory learning online, at a time that suits them, and undertake practice placements over the three years of the course alongside this. Regular face to face group tutorials will also be available to these students. The course learning outcomes and content will be identical to the campus-based course but it is anticipated that a blended learning option will be appealing to students in more rural areas, or to those who may find University attendance challenging due to other responsibilities. Students on the blended learning version of the course will need to be highly motivated and able to manage their own time in order to engage in online learning. Please ask about this on an open day if you are interested.

Please consider if you would have a preference to study on one of our blended learning programmes, we will ask you for your preference at interview.


For your online interview please ensure you have with you:

  • A form of photo identification such as your passport or driving license. We will not be able to complete your interview without this.
  • Pen and paper should you wish to make notes

Our interviewing tutor will send you a link to your zoom meeting by emailing you. Where possible our tutors will contact you 24 hours before your interview.

During your interview, our tutor will provide you with a scenario and ask you a series of questions. Your allocated Zoom interview session will last for no more than 30 minutes.

You do not need to create an account with Zoom to use their software, as you can access Zoom via your web browser.

If you would prefer to install the programme ahead of your interview, you can do so by visiting the Zoom website.

If you have not used Zoom before, please visit their Help Centre FAQs to familiarise yourself with the software.

After your interview

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.

Message from Associate Head of School

Congratulations on being invited to interview for our nursing and midwifery programmes. On this page, we have provided information regarding the tasks we would like you to complete in advance. It is vital that you are prepared and are able to talk about these tasks when you meet us. 

During the interview day, we will:

  • Help you to give the best account of your skills, experience and character. This enables us to decide if you will thrive in the University of Plymouth's culture.
  • Explain more about the University, the School of Nursing and Midwifery and your programme.
  • Enable you to understand as much as you can about the way we work with our students and what it means to become a University of Plymouth student nurse or midwife, to develop into a healthcare professional graduate.

Please ensure you read the interview pre-work below carefully as this provides information on what you need to do before attending your interview and what you need to bring with you on the day.

I look forward to meeting you at your interview and if you should need any help or assistance please do contact us. 

Best wishes,

Kevin Hambridge
Associate Head of School for Marketing and Adult Nursing Lecturer
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Please note: If you have applied for more than one programme within the School of Nursing and Midwifery, you will only need to attend one academic interview. During this interview, you will be assessed to see if you are a suitable candidate for all programmes you have applied for.

Interview day presentation

FAQs

How do I book my interview?

Upon 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.

If you have not received this email, please be sure to check your junk or clutter folders.

What if I need to reschedule my interview after I have booked onto one?

You 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 contact our Course Enquiries and Interviews Team by emailing interviewtostudy@plymouth.ac.uk or by calling +44 1752 585858.



What if I have applied for more than one programme?

If you have applied for more than one nursing and midwifery programme, you will be assessed during your interview if you are suitable for either programme. You do not need to book more than one interview.

What happens after my interview?

If you are successful at interview, your offer will be conditional on meeting the academic requirements for the course, as well as satisfactory occupational health and DBS checks. For further information, please visit the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s website.