Paramedic Science

Temporary online interviews

Due to Government advice, we are practising social distancing and reducing the need for social interaction. We’ll be conducting our interviews for BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science online.

We’ll endeavour to have much parity as possible between the online interview and a campus interview, but of course we can’t truly replicate the experience.

Before your interview, you are required to complete a research question. You'll find this on your applicant portal alongside other interview information.

On your interview day, you’ll take part in a group interview and an individual interview. The group interview will take place in the morning, followed by your individual interview at some point during the same day.

At the beginning of your individual interview we’ll ask you to show ID to verify who you are. We won’t ask to see qualifications at this stage. Your interview will consist of questions and scenarios. We’ll be interested in your knowledge of the role of a paramedic and your values.

Please note your interview may be recorded.

Below, you'll find some helpful information about your interview and some of the things we'll be discussing. Do take a look before your interview.

Online interviews for BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

The information below relates to standard campus interviews. If you're attending a Teams (online) interview, please refer to the information above.

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

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

Come prepared

You can prepare by researching the role of the paramedic (nationally and internationally). We'll be interested to hear why you want to join the profession.

The NHS will support your placements and is likely to be your first employer. Think carefully about how you can evidence the NHS Constitution, in particular, the 6Cs.

The Health and Care Professions Council regulates the paramedic profession, so take a look at their website for useful information on 'professionalism'. Other publications to consider include the PEEP report, the Francis report, and publications from the College of Paramedics, such as the Career Framework and the evolving role of paramedics in the wider care system.

Format of the day

Your interview day will take the following format.

Talk on studying paramedic science

For the first stage you’ll be together as a group for a short presentation on studying paramedic science at ARU. We'll look at the course outline, academic requirements of each year, and clinical practice exposure on placements.

Literacy assessment

You'll be given a question and must demonstrate your understanding of the topic. Previous questions have included 'What is paramedic science?', 'What does it mean to be a healthcare professional?' or 'What skills and attributes are required to be a good communicator?' You'll have 20 minutes to write an essay-style answer, which is expected to be well constructed in demonstrating your understanding of the role of the paramedic, legible, with 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 calculating percentages, converting decimals from fractions, to metric/imperial conversions. You won't be able to use a calculator, so it's crucial to do some homework beforehand and make sure you're comfortable with the different sums. The standard of questions is similar to Level 2 (GCSE standard)

Group interview

In the group interview you'll be expected to take part in a discussion of various topics including health initiatives, management of difficult situations and social scenarios. You’ll be assessed on your communication skills, such as active and reflective listening, your approach when engaging in a conversation 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.

Individual interview

The individual interview is your chance to impress a panel with your understanding of the role of a paramedic and why you'd like to work in this field. You'll be asked a few questions by our lecturers, and paramedics from an ambulance trust. The panel may also include service users. Aim to give comprehensive answers that allow the panel to understand why you want to become a paramedic, and assess your suitability to join the profession. The questions will be scenario based, and we’ll be assessing your motivation and understanding and academic ability, all underpinned by the 6Cs of the NHS Constitution.

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.