Huddersfield Nursing Interview Questions & Tips
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You will need BBB at A level as a typical offer for Huddersfield. You must have done a Science degree at A Level, and this subject must involve practical work. You may alternatively offer 120 UCAS points, from a combination of different Level 3 qualifications. You must have completed 12 years of general education and have GCSE English Language or English Literature and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.
Huddersfield tries as much as possible to provide real-world exposure from the get-go, with a range of healthcare environments including NHS Trusts, private and voluntary organisations such as hospices, nursing homes and community settings. Practice experiences will be offered across West Yorkshire and even beyond, covering the whole spectrum of 24 hour care. The Huddersfield course aims to develop you into a ‘confident, competent, caring and compassionate nurse.’
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What do Huddersfield Look for?
Huddersfield explain that they are looking for those who are able to demonstrate a broad understanding of Nursing, and able to back up this understanding with relevant work experience. Work experience may be in the form of employment, or through voluntary experiences. You should have reflected on your transferable skills, and be able to show an array of transferable skills that have been honed through your experience thus far. You should think about the Huddersfield course description, which explains that you will be learning in a hands-on environment from the outset, that you will need to develop leadership and management skills, and that you will have to show team working, communication, and decision making skills – as well as professional values.
What do previous students say?
Previous students explain that the Nursing interviews at Huddersfield are primarily there to let you explain what you like about Nursing, why you are interested in it as a career, and to tell the admissions team about yourself. You should also be ready to ask questions.There is no numeracy test, nor a literature test. Previous years at Huddersfield have had a personality test in place of a numeracy / literature test.
From previous students’ experiences, you should expect an MMI (Multiple Mini Interview) format. This format involves a ‘blind dating’ style, in which you will rotate through a few different stations in turn. You may expect around four stations, which may have a lecturer, practising nurse, or even a patient or student nurse as your interviewer. They are likely to ask a mixture of standard questions and ethical / professional scenarios. The MMI format has replaced a group interview / one on one interview format that was used beforehand – from there having been a group interview one may assume that Huddersfield places an emphasis on teamworking and communication skills, so consider this whilst moving through the MMI.
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Some Key Questions for Huddersfield Interviews
- Why do you want to be a nurse?
- When did you first think about becoming a nurse? How long did it take you to first research the career properly after this point?
- Why have you chosen this type of nursing?
- What are you most looking forward to about becoming a nurse?
- What do you think is the most challenging part of a nurse’s day to day work?
- What personal attributes does a good nurse need? Do you have these?
- What are the 6Cs of nursing?
- What is the role of the NMC?
- In what environments does Nursing take place?
- What do you think your standard day will look like whilst you study Nursing?
- What work experience have you done?
- How did you go about organising your work experience?
- What was the most surprising thing that you saw during your work experience?
- What kind of caring work, especially volunteering roles, have you undertaken?
- How could the nurses that you shadowed have improved their work?
- Why do you think it is so important to have done a range of different work experiences before becoming a student here?
- What impressed you in particular about the nurses that you shadowed?
- Have you taken on any volunteering or charity roles? Tell us about them.
- What was the most challenging thing that you encountered during your work experience? Why was it so difficult?
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