Midwifery - Interview and Selection
If you have been successfully shortlisted, you will be invited to one of the selection days for an interview. The selection day will start with a group talk by Senior Midwifery staff from the school and then move on to group work overseen by lecturing and senior Health Board midwifery staff. There will also be written and numeracy tests under examination conditions and the opportunity to ask questions to members of staff and meet current/former students. The interview day will start at 9 am and will end by approximately 4 pm. If you are unable to attend on the date allocated please let us know through UCAS and we will rearrange for you.
As a result of restrictions on travel and social distancing requirements for Covid 19, we will be providing all our interviews for the pre-registration programmes on-line. We will be using the on-line meeting platform Zoom to facilitate group sessions in our interviews. Zoom works on many IT platforms such as your mobile telephone, PC, and other electronic devices.
See the following websites for further information:
You will be sent Zoom links through UCAS track. All you need to do is click on the correct link, having ensured you have a camera which works and sound so we can see and hear you.
It is important that you practice accessing Zoom prior to your interview, learn how to access, use the chat function and camera as you will need this facility for the interview process. Practice with friends as it is a good way to meet during lockdowns. This link provides some information about basic functions including how to share your screen;
The Zoom links will come into the email address you have provided on your UCAS application and will look like this:
School of Health Science Admissions is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 810 2736 5632
Passcode: 315257 Information for accessing the numeracy and literacy elements of the interview will be sent separately.
- The group talk will provide information about the School of Health Sciences, our selection processes and how you will receive your offer if you are successful at interview. We will also provide information about the course, our expectations of you, your placements which make up 50% of the course, DBS requirements and occupational health requirements.
- At the start of your interview you will need to present your proof of identity to the interviewer which can be a copy of a passport or driving licence. You will need the original and copy of the identification documents.
- For your group work interview in the morning, you will be provided with a scenario that you must read through and discuss with other members of the group. You will be required to make decisions with regards to aspects of the scenario and discuss the rationale for your choices within a set amount of time. You will then present your choices and the rationale for the consensus decisions that have been reached.
- Your interviewer/s will ask you some values based questions which will explore any issues from your discussions and the qualities and values necessary for midwifery practice. The questions are designed to explore your qualities, values and ability to demonstrate some understanding of intelligent kindness.
- Following a break, you will undertake the numeracy and literacy test. The numeracy element is presented at GCSE/Level 2, whilst the written work is focused on two summaries chosen from a generic list of midwifery related topics
- Following a break for lunch, you will be required to access the afternoon group session where you are asked to consider and provide an individual account of a midwifery topic that has been randomly selected. The topics are accessible and well known subjects related to midwifery and childbirth.
- At the end of the interview you will have the opportunity to ask lecturers, Health Board staff and/or students, any questions you may have.
Preparing for your interview:
- You will need to access your personal UCAS track page for the details of your interview and you must confirm your attendance through UCAS track. If you don’t your offer of interview will be withdrawn.
- You need to practice using Zoom, look for a quiet place to have your interview where you won’t be interrupted and which has good lighting.
- During the group sessions and the numeracy/literacy tests, you will be asked to have your camera on. There will be an opportunity to ask any questions using the chat function on Zoom and the facilitator will answer your questions at the end of the presentation.
- If you are unable to attend on the date allocated please let us know through UCAS and we will rearrange for you.
- Interview dates will only be changed in exceptional circumstances.
Midwifery applicants please note numbers are specified by the commissioners and a place on the programme is dependent on a commissioned bursary place being available.
What happens following interview?
You will be informed of the outcome of your interview through UCAS track so it is important that you check your account regularly.
If you have been accepted following interview
If you have been accepted following interview then please read the page covering the process following interview.
If you have been declined following interview or you were not shortlisted for the BM course
Please read your offer carefully as although you may have been declined for Midwifery, the University may well make you an alternative offer for a different course.
If you have been declined following interview or were not shortlisted for an interview, then click here for a presentation outlining common reasons for unsuccessful applications
Please click here to return to the information page for the Bachelor of Midwifery programme.
Have I got everything ready for my interview?
Your interview will not be able to proceed unless you have the following documents:
- Passport or driving licence
You must have the original document and photocopies of the above documents to show your interviewer.