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

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 nurse:

  • 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.

Talk on studying nursing

For the first stage you'll be all together as a group and given a short presentation on studying our nursing courses at ARU.

Literacy assessment

You'll be asked to read a question and demonstrate an understanding of the topic, previous questions have included 'What is the role of a nurse?', 'What is confidentially?' or 'what is good communication?' You'll have 20 minutes to write an essay-style answer, which is expected to be well constructed, legible and use correct grammar and punctuation.

Numeracy assessment

The numeracy test consists of 20 questions which needs to be completed in 20 minutes. The questions range from working out percentages, to converting decimals from fractions, to metric to imperial conversions. You won't be able to use a calculator for the first 18 questions, so it's crucial to do some homework beforehand so that you're comfortable with the different sums. The standard of questions is similar to Level 2 (GCSE standard). Take our sample test

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)

You’ll visit three 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 nurse. Stations will be led by an academic from ARU, a practising nurse from a local trust or a service user. We'll ask you to respond to scenarios such as: A patient on a ward asks you for your personal phone number in case they have any questions that need answering. What do you do? How would you deal with this scenario?

We’ll be assessing your motivation and understanding and academic ability, all underpinned by the 6Cs of the NHS Constitution.

Campus tour

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