Surrey Nursing Interview Questions & Tips

Advice & Insight From Nursing Interview Specialists

Key Information

Surrey requires BBB at A Level, and you must have studied within the last five years. There are no required subjects, although General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted. You must have received at least a grade C at English Language, Mathematics and Science GCSEs.
Admissions staff will then review your personal statement and your reference, looking in particular for evidence of your academic ability, insight into the profession of nursing, and motivation to study and become a nurse. You will be expected to have relevant experience in a care setting (hospital, care home, community or other) and further evidence of involvement in the community, such as responsibilities at school, charity work, or other volunteering work.
Your personal statement should be comprehensive, covering each of the above points in good detail. Particular attention should be paid to spelling, grammar and punctuation. ​

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​The Interview Format: MMI

Surrey uses an MMI (Multiple Mini Interview) format for its assessment day. You should expect to be assessed by academics from the university, alongside clinical staff. Numeracy and literacy tests may be included alongside the MMI as part of the selection process; Surrey leaves this as a possibility, and will inform anyone invited to interview whether or not they will have sit these further tests.

Each MMI station will have a written scenario that you will be expected to read thoroughly and answer two or three questions on. Again, Surrey sends information of the exact structure to anyone invited to interview. 

​What Will Surrey Focus On?

From previous students’ experience, the university aims to cover the main, typical nursing interview questions. They focus more toward qualities and skills, and slightly less toward academics and problem solving.

You should think in detail about your motivation to study nursing, and how your work experience is relevant to this. Make sure you are clear on your motivation for the particular branch of nursing that you are applying for, and what differentiates it from others.Consider the qualities of a good nurse, and how you fit these attributes. Build out answers that show a good understanding of the psychological profile of a nurse.

Show that you are aware of how challenging Nursing is as a profession, and illustrate that you will be able to handle these challenges through describing some of your own experiences. Think about how you handle stress, how you communicate in difficult situations, how you show empathy, and how you provide leadership or support a team as needed.

Remember to revise the ‘six Cs’ – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage, and commitment. You need to show an awareness of why they are important – indeed, they are so important that they have been largely applied to NHS staff in general – be they anything from porters, to doctors, to radiographers. 

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What Should I Highlight from the Course?

Surrey boasts an advanced Simulation Centre, where they ensure that your clinical skills are sufficient before you go out on placements. You should expect the chance to get a very wide range of experience, and an insight into all areas of nursing.

The course has only one ‘vertical’ (i.e. cross-year) component, which is ‘Nursing Practice.’ All other modules are self-contained within each year. Year one focuses on the concept of care, research and evidence based practice, physical health and public health. Year two includes innovation and leadership, managing health challenges, long term conditions, and transitions in care. Year three covers decision making from simple through to complex care, immediate care, clinical leadership and a research for professional practice component. These discrete courses will fit someone who enjoys learning through modules, where one can fully engage in a challenge, work through it, and feel a sense of achievement at its completion. It could be compared and contrasted to the likes of Edinburgh, where courses run through years.

You will also have the opportunity (if you choose adult nursing) to apply to spend two months abroad through the Erasmus program. If successful, you can study at either Stavanger in Norway, or Dublin, Ireland. Through this you could receive a meaningful insight into a different healthcare system in another country. 

​Some Key Questions for Surrey Interviews

  • Why have you chosen Adult Nursing rather than Children’s or Mental Health? (Or visa versa)
  • Tell us about your work experience, and what you have learnt from it.
  • What are the most important personal characteristics for a nurse?
  • How do you handle stressful situations?
  • What do you think is the most difficult aspect of being a nurse?

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