If your application is successful, we'll invite you to an interview/ experience day in Cambridge, Chelmsford or Peterborough. First, you may like to read our general tips about preparing.

Some interviews will be held on weekdays and in Chelmsford and Cambridge there will also be the option of being interviewed on a Saturday.

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. Therefore, you must be aware of and uphold the NMC’s professional values and behaviours. Additionally, as you’ll be working with service users at a very vulnerable time in their lives from early on in your degree, and throughout your career, you're expected to be familiar with and uphold the NHS Constitution and values.

Format of the day


Talk on studying nursing

All applicants will start the day with a short presentation about studying nursing at ARU.

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)

This is our chance to get to know you as a future nursing student. We’ll use the multiple mini interview (MMI) approach to find out more about you and why you want to study nursing. You’ll be interviewed firstly by a tutor, secondly by a service user (patient) and finally by a senior nurse.

You’ll visit 3 different stations and you’ll be given scenarios which will be 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.

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.

There’s no need to worry, all of our interviewers are relaxed, friendly and are looking forward to seeing your potential.


The academic team will give you an idea of how the roles and responsibilities of a nurse might apply in real-life situations by using a fictional patient scenario.

Mini skills session

Using the same patient scenario as the lecture, the mini skills sessions will show nursing students in action. Using cameras and screens, you will be able to see up close the actions nurses take in high pressure situations.

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

Campus tour

Our student ambassadors will answer all of your campus questions as they guide you around ARU. They’ll show you the buildings and lecture theatres where you’ll be studying, as well as the Nursing Skills Labs where you’ll be learning valuable practical skills.

Next Steps

At the end of the day all of the groups will reconvene for a final talk. The academic staff will talk to you about the next steps of the application process and give you a timeframe for receiving your interview results. This is the perfect time to ask your future lecturers any questions you have about your application, your course or nursing in general.