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Interview Skills for University Nursing Programme Applicants

Develop a toolkit of skills and techniques to ace your interview for Nursing degrees and programmes.

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Interview Skills for University Nursing Programme Applicants

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Hone your interview skills with the University of East Anglia

Every year, 20,000 aspiring nurses don’t win a place at university and 3,000 previous nursing applicants reapply. These statistics from UCAS demonstrate both the high demand for Nursing programmes and the importance of nailing your application the first time around.

Part of the admissions process for a Nursing course is completing an interview. To help you successfully prepare for yours, this one-week course from the University of East Anglia will arm you with key interview skills and techniques.

Whatever Nursing degree or programme you are applying to, you’ll boost your chances of being offered a place.

Understand the format and requirements of Nursing programme interviews in the UK

You’ll be guided through the entire interview process to help you understand the purpose of these interviews and how they’re conducted.

You’ll also be introduced to a range of resources, which will help you develop your knowledge of the Nursing profession and potential career pathways.

Discover common Nursing interview questions

Guided by academics and clinicians who regularly interview applicants for Nursing courses, you’ll explore what qualities they’re looking for in a candidate and how you can demonstrate these attributes in your interview.

You’ll also hear from ex-students who were successful at their interview to learn what questions you can expect and how to overcome nerves.

Boost your chances of being accepted

This course aims to increase your chances of being accepted onto a UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) approved Nursing programme.

You’ll learn how to identify transferable skills and relevant experiences that you can draw upon during your Nursing course interview, giving you the best chance of success.


  • Week 1

    Exploring Nursing course interviews

    • Welcome to the course

      A welcome from the course team and an introduction to the topics we'll cover in this course.

    • An introduction to interviews

      We explore the purpose of Nursing course interviews and the different interview formats you might encounter.

    • Developing your knowledge of Nursing

      An insight into the importance of professional standards and integrity within the Nursing profession.

    • Preparing for your interview

      We take a closer look at what makes a good interview response and explore a technique for improving your interview answers. We also offer practical guidance on steps you can take to prepare for an interview.

    • Insight into Nursing course interviews

      Academics, clinicians, service users and students share their experiences and tips for how to perform well during Nursing course interviews.

    • Conclusion

      A summary of what's been covered in the course and suggestions for further reading.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the specific purposes of Nursing course interviews
  • Identify the skills and qualities required for a career in Nursing
  • Explore recognised standards and frameworks to develop your knowledge of the Nursing profession
  • Describe the concept of professional integrity and how it applies to Nursing
  • Compare examples of good interview responses and those which require improvement
  • Create effective responses to interview questions which highlight your strengths and demonstrate your suitability for a Nursing programme

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in applying for or who has an interview scheduled for a university Nursing programme.

You’ll develop your interview skills to give you the best possible chance of a successful interview and entry to the university of your choice.

Who will you learn with?

I am a lecturer in adult nursing sciences with 10 years of clinical experience in both acute and primary care.

I'm an Associate Professor at the University of East Anglia with an interest in education, health, student experience and equal and equitable access to university.

Who developed the course?

UEA (University of East Anglia)

The University of East Anglia is an internationally renowned university providing top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students from over 100 countries around the globe.

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