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School Selection Procedures - Nursing & Midwifery Studies

The Selection Process

All applications received at UCAS by the main cycle closing date, which is 15 January 2014, will receive equal consideration.

The chart below illustrates a typical UCAS cycle application profile. These numbers change between cycles due to changes in the number of funded places available and the number of applications received.

Programme Number of Applicants Number of Applicants Interviewed Number of Places
(Sept)
Number of Places
(March)
Adult 2020 500 113 55
Mental Health 400+ 240 54 28
Child 600 120 41 n/a
Midwifery 750 90 37 n/a

Please note: for administrative and logistical reasons, the selection process differs between programmes.

Adult, Mental Health and Child

Shortlisting

All applications are reviewed to ensure that candidates either possess or are working towards qualifications which meet the school's minimum entry criteria. If so the application will progress to the next stage. Applicants who do not progress to the next stage will not be invited for the Assessment Day and will be informed by UCAS that their application has been unsuccessful.

Unsuccessful applicants who wish to obtain feedback should contact: admissions@cardiff.ac.uk

Interviews

The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

The interviews at Cardiff University School of Healthcare Sciences for Nursing involve the use of a Multi Mini Interview procedure which is based on the Objective Structured Clinical Examination format that is commonly used by Health Sciences programmes to evaluate clinical competence.

The interview process is an opportunity to assess interviewees in person and assess information, such as personal qualities, that is not readily forthcoming in traditional application processes. The majority of these interviews will take place the week commencing 23 February 2015. 

The MMIs are made up of a series of short, carefully timed interview stations which provide information about applicants' ability to think on their feet, critically appraise information, communicate ideas and demonstrate that they have thought about some of the issues that are important to the nursing profession. There are six stations in total. Each mini interview lasts a maximum of 5 minutes.

The School assesses the ability to apply general knowledge to issues relevant to the culture and society in which students will be practising, should they be successful in gaining admission to (and ultimately graduating from) the School. Equally important will be an assessment of the ability to communicate and defend personal opinions.

The results of all assessments will be used to determine which applicants receive an offer. Two important points to remember:

  • the MMI is not intended to test the amount of prior knowledge in these domains
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      Selection Criteria

    • Motivation
    • Communication skills
    • Insight into the nature and demands of the programme
    • Insight into chosen area of practice
    • Insight into the emotional demands of care and caring when responding to patient/client needs
    • Transferable skills and attributes
    • Following the Assessment and Interview stage each applicant is awarded a total application score. This is the sum of their assessment and interview score.

      Offers are made using the total applications score (i.e. personal statement, assessment and interview scores). In addition offers will only be made to applicants who have provided satisfactory statement of character.

      Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their selection process via UCAS tracker; direct applicants by the university. Unsuccessful applicants who wish to obtain feedback should contact: admissions@cardiff.ac.uk

      Midwifery

       

      Please note: Applicants who are invited to the numeracy testing or interview days and have disabilities or additional support needs are encouraged to indicate this on the reply slip. We will contact you to discuss your access requirements so that appropriate adjustments can be arranged. These might include, for instance, communication support in the inteview or adjustments to the format of the numeracy and literacy tests.

       

      Selection Testing

      Candidates who achieve the required grades will be invited to undertake numeracy testing in Cardiff. You must undertake and pass numeracy testing in order to progress to shortlisting stage. The numeracy test is designed to assess your numerical competence. Calculators are not permitted for the assessment. The test will cover:
    • Addition
    • Subtraction
    • Multiplication
    • Expressing fractions as decimals
    • Expressing figures as percentages
    • Weight, volume and measures

    This will be under examination conditions with a 45 minute time limit.

     Shortlisting

    All applications are scored using the following sources of information:

      • Application form
      • Personal statement
      • Reference
       
      Shortlisting criteria
    • Academic potential
    • Motivation
    • Communication skills
    • Insight into the nature and demands of the programme
    • Insight into chosen area of practice
    • Insight into the emotional demands of care and caring when responding to patient/client needs
    • Transferable skills and attributes
    • Each criterion is equally weighted enabling applications to be awarded a shortlisting score.

      The School is aware of websites which assist applicants in preparing personal statements and would like to emphasise that it is important for the statement to be a genuinely personal one, particularly since material from the applicant's personal statement is likely to be discussed further during the selection day.

      A threshold score is calculated for each UCAS cycle. This will differ between cycles depending on the number and quality of applications received.

      Unsuccessful applicants will be notified via UCAS. Feedback is available via: admissions@cardiff.ac.uk

      All applicants who reach the threshold score will be invited to a Selection Day. Applicants who do not reach the threshold score will not be invited for the Selection Day and will be informed by UCAS that their application has been unsucessful.

      The invitation will include a selection pack which contains:

      • Information regarding the time and location of the Selection Day.
      • Information regarding what the applicant is required to bring to the Selection Day.
      • Information regarding the nature and process of the Selection Day.
      • A reply slip which must be returned to the School's Selection and Admissions Team.

      Applicants who are unable to attend a Selection Day on the date offered should contact the School's Selection and Admissions Team. It may be possible for an alternative date to be offered.

      Selection Day

      All applicants who have been successfully shortlisted will be required to attend a Selection Day and will be notified by the School’s Selection and Admissions Team.

      BMid programme Selection Days are held at EastGate House, Cardiff between January and March.

      Due to the large number of applicants invited, it is not possible to allocate specific times.

      The sessions follow the format below:

      • Registration and checking of documentation
      • 30 minute introduction and information session
      • Individual interviews

      The interviews are of 15-20 minutes duration. There will be a minimum of two and maximum of three interviewers who relate to the specific programme you have applied for. Applicants are encouraged to discuss individual needs with the Admissions and Selection Team in order for any reasonable adjustment to be made as necessary during the selection process.

      You will have the opportunity to ask questions during your interview. This may be to clarify any points or to seek information regarding the programme, university life or clinical placements.

      Selection Criteria

      Each applicant is scored using the following criteria:

      • Motivation
      • Communication skills
      • Insight into the nature and demands of the programme
      • Insight into chosen area of practice
      • Insight into the emotional demands of care and caring when responding to patient/client needs
      • Transferable skills and attributes

      Following the Selection Day each applicant is awarded a total application score. This is the sum of their shortlisting and Selection Day score.

      Due to the limited number of places in each intake offers are made using the total application score.

      For Midwifery applicant offers are made based on the Selection Day score only. Where more than the required number of applicants score equally, a combined score of their application and interview will be calculated.

      Offers will only be made to candidates who have provided a satisfactory statement of character.

      Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their Selection Day via UCAS. Feedback is available via: admissions@cardiff.ac.uk

      Applicants who have applied using the direct application system will be notified by the University.

      Use of Contextual Data

      All suitable applicants who are eligible for additional consideration will be guaranteed an invitation to an assessment day at the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies. Typical offers can be found here.

      For details of University policy, please click here.


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