Midwifery

If your application to study BSc (Hons) Midwifery at ARU is successful, we'll invite you to an interview day in Cambridge, Peterborough or Chelmsford.

On this page, you'll find some handy tips about preparing for your interview.

Come prepared

Above all, you need to be certain that this is the profession you want to join. Consider visiting us at an Open Day if you haven't already, then commit yourself to learning as much as you can before your interview day.

You'll need to be prepared with knowledge and understanding of the role of a midwife:

  • when you graduate, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Therefore, you must be aware of and uphold the NMC’s professional values and behaviours
  • as you’ll be working with service users at a very vulnerable time in their lives from early on in your degree course, and throughout your career, you're expected to be familiar with and uphold the NHS Constitution and values.

Format of the day

Your interview day will take the following format:

Presentation on studying our midwifery course

For the first stage you'll be all together as a group and given a short presentation on studying our midwifery course. There will also be the opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have with our midwifery academics and midwifery students.

Placement information

Information on placements and the structure of the course.

Group activity with Trust reps

In the group interview you'll be expected to take part in a discussion of various topics. You’ll be assessed on your communication skills, such as active and reflective listening, your approach when engaging in a conversation/activity and by your contribution to the discussion and your confidence when working in a group.

Campus tour

One of our student ambassadors will take your group on a campus tour.

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)

You’ll go round different stations and be given scenarios linked to one or more of the NHS Values. We’ll be looking to test your verbal and non-verbal communication skills, judgement and ethics, among other desirable attributes for an aspiring midwife. Stations will be led by an academic from ARU, a practising midwife from a local trust or a service user. We'll ask you to respond to scenarios such as: A person phones the ward to ask if their neighbour has had their baby yet. What do you do? How would you deal with this scenario?