Welcome to your interview

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Welcome to your interview

Congratulations on getting an interview! It’s a great achievement - but we realise there’s a lot for you to think about too. So we’ve put together some useful information below. Click on your subject area below to find out how best to get here and how the interview process works. We’ve also put together some top tips. We hope you find it useful and we look forward to meeting you soon!

Midwifery interviews

Getting here

Your interview will take place in our new clinical skills facility at the Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Science Building (RKCSB), which is based at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.

If you are arriving by car

  • We recommend parking at the University in our multi-storey car park (LE2 7TF). Full details of prices can be found on our website.
  • Please note: The Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Science Building is about a 20 minute walk from the car park.
  • For alternative, closer car parks that are not managed by the University find more information on the NCP website.
  • We would not recommend parking at the hospital – the queues to enter can be very long.

If you're arriving by train

  • The Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Science Building is about a 12 minute walk from the train station located on London Road.

Finding the Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Science Building!

We would advise leaving plenty of time to find the RKCSB – we appreciate it can be tricky to locate on the Leicester Royal Infirmary site - home to the busiest A&E in Europe!

We recommend using the site map on the University Hospitals of Leicester website to locate the RKCSB. It is represented on the map by the grey oblong at the heart of the hospital. It is located between the Sandringham Building and Emergency department – opposite the Knighton Street Offices.

If you are a blue badge holder or require accessible parking, please get in touch with us at study@le.ac.uk and we'll make sure you have access to suitable parking.

How to find the Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Science Building

On the day

Please report to the Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Science Building Reception where you will be met by a member of our team. The day will consist of:

  • 6 or 7 mini interviews, each attended by an interviewer (this is to test the NHS 6C values).The interviews should be around 8 minutes each, assessing various different attributes.
  • 1 literacy test and 1 numeracy test.

At the end of your interview you will be able to attend an optional campus tour, and have the opportunity to ask our student ambassadors any questions.

What to bring

  • Photo ID - you will need to bring one form of identity, for example a passport, driving licence or school ID badge
  • Academic certificates - original copies and photocopies of all certificates listed on your UCAS form
  • Previously prepared task (you will be emailed further instructions about this two days prior to your interview date)
  • A pen

If you require any additional support on the day, including accessibility adjustments please get in touch at study@le.ac.uk.

Nursing interviews

Getting here

Your interview will take place in our new clinical skills facility at the Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Science Building (RKCSB), which is based at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.

If you are arriving by car

  • We recommend parking at the University in our multi-storey car park (LE2 7TF). Full details of prices can be found on our website.
  • Please note: The Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Science Building is about a 20 minute walk from the car park.
  • For alternative, closer car parks that are not managed by the University find more information on the NCP website.
  • We would not recommend parking at the hospital – the queues to enter can be very long.
  • If you are a blue badge holder or require accessible parking, please get in touch with us at study@le.ac.uk

If you're arriving by train

  • The Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Science Building is about a 12 minute walk from the train station located on London Road.

Finding the Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Science Building!

We would advise leaving plenty of time to find the RKCSB – we appreciate it can be tricky to locate on the Leicester Royal Infirmary site - home to the busiest A&E in Europe!

We recommend using the site map on the University Hospitals of Leicester website to locate the RKCSB. It is represented on the map by the grey oblong at the heart of the hospital. It is located between the Sandringham Building and Emergency department – opposite the Knighton Street Offices.

How to find the Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Science Building

On the day 

Please report to the Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Science Building Reception where you will be met by a member of our team. The day will consist of:

  • Some group activities to discover more about our MSci programme, Nursing, and the University of Leicester.
  • A formal interview
  • At the end of the session it is anticipated you will be able to attend an optional campus tour.

What to bring 

  • Photo ID - you will need to bring one form of identity, for example a passport, driving licence or school ID badge. 
  • Academic certificates - original copies and photocopies of all certificates listed on your UCAS form. 
  • A pen.
If you require any additional support on the day, including accessibility adjustments please get in touch at study@le.ac.uk.

ODP interviews

Getting here

If you are arriving by car, parking at the University is in our multi-storey car park (LE2 7TF). Full details of prices can be found on our website. George Davis Centre is about a 15 minute walk from the car park.

If you're arriving by train, the George Davis Centre is about a 15 minute walk from the train station located on London Road.

If you are a blue badge holder or require accessible parking, please get in touch with us at study@le.ac.uk and we'll make sure you have access to suitable parking.

How to find the George Davies Centre

On the day

  • Please report to the George Davies Centre Reception where you will be met by a member of our team 
  • The day will consist of a series of mini interviews with 1 or 2 members of staff on the panel
  • Each station will involve different tasks, with the final one being a face to face interview
  • There will be opportunities to speak to student ambassadors.
  • You are permitted to bring one person with you on the day. There will be an area where they can stay while you are undertaking the various elements of your interview.
  • After the interviews have finished, you are welcome to go and have a look around the university campus.

What to bring

  • Photo ID - you will need to bring one form of identity (ideally a passport)
  • Academic certificates - original copies and photocopies of all certificates listed on your UCAS form
  • A pen

If you require any additional support on the day, including accessibility adjustments, then please get in touch with us at study@le.ac.uk.

Pharmacy interviews

The admission and selection process for the MPharm programme at the University of Leicester has been designed taking into account extensive feedback from patients and future employers who expect to see NHS values and key attributes of a healthcare professional in aspiring pharmacists. Our admission process is fair, consistent and transparent and ensures equality, diversity and inclusion.

  1. Application through UCAS (UCAS code B230)
  2. First stage of application screening based on entry criteria
  3. Second stage of screening: Online selection process (see below)
  4. Offers made

Online selection process (second stage)

Selected candidates from stage 1 will be invited for an online selection process via MS Teams. The selection panel will consist of an academic, a practising pharmacist or a service user (patient/carer). During the process, we will assess your motivation to study pharmacy and ask you to give examples where you have demonstrated NHS values, professionalism and skills suitable for a future healthcare professional.

The online selection process is split into three parts:

Group activity

You will be assigned to a team and will work together on a scenario or task and come up with a most suitable plan or strategy. This activity is designed to assess teamwork, communication skills, confidence and professionalism. You will be given 15 minutes for the group activity and five minutes to feed back.

Example scenario: Mr HM, a 45-year-old man, walks into your pharmacy complaining of indigestion and a burning feeling behind his chest. As a group, devise a strategy to help and counsel Mr HM.

Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

There will be ten different scenarios based on NHS values which are: working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives, everyone counts. You will have 20 minutes to answer these questions.

Example scenario: John is a foundation year trainee working in a pharmacy and is popular among patients and staff. One of his regular patients, Mrs Khan is particularly happy with John’s support and offers him a box of chocolates. John is confused whether to accept the chocolates or not.

How important is it for John to take into account the following consideration before he makes a decision?

Other pharmacists accept gifts from patients all the time. 

  • A. Very important
  • B. Important
  • C. Of minor importance
  • D. Not important at all.

Interview

You will be asked competency-based questions individually and there will be an opportunity to ask the team any questions about the MPharm course. The duration of the interview will be ten minutes.

Example: Give an example where you demonstrated problem-solving skills.

On the day

Make sure to join a few minutes beforehand so you’re prepared. Please wait in the lobby until you are admitted. You may have to wait for the previous interview to finish before you are admitted. If you are waiting for more than half an hour, or encounter any technical difficulties on the day, please contact study@le.ac.uk or call 0116 252 5281. 

What to have ready:

  • Photo ID - you will need to show one form of identity, for example a passport, driving licence or school ID badge. 
  • Academic certificates - original copies and photocopies of all certificates listed on your UCAS form.
  • Something to make notes with. 
  • A glass of water – we understand it can be a lot of talking!

If you require any additional support on the day, including accessibility adjustments, then please get in touch with us at study@le.ac.uk.

Offers

Based on your overall performance, you may be made an offer for entry (either conditional or unconditional) onto the first year of the MPharm course. You will be notified by email and via the UCAS hub. Offer conditions may include achieving required A-level grades and going through satisfactory enhanced DBS check and occupational health clearance.

Offer Holder Day

All offer holders will be invited on campus and will be given an overview of the MPharm programme, tour of the campus and will have the opportunity to take part in a course related activity.

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Accreditation

We are working towards accreditation with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). The course is provisionally accredited until the programme receives full accreditation.

Confidentiality

Applicants will be expected to keep the content of the interview, group activity and the SJTs confidential; any breach of this will be putting your admission into the MPharm programme at risk.

Physiotherapy interviews

Getting here

If you are arriving by car

  • Parking at the University is in our multi-storey car park (LE2 7TF). Full details of prices can be found on our website. The Maurice Shock Building is about a 15 minute walk from the car park.
  • If you are a blue badge holder or require accessible parking, please get in touch with us at study@le.ac.uk and we'll make sure you have access to suitable parking.

If you're arriving by train, the Maurice Shock Building is about a 15 minute walk from the train station located on London Road.

How to find the Maurice Shock Building

Before the day

1. Complete our forms  

You are required to complete these forms prior to attending your interview. If you have any questions please do ask on the day of your interview.

2. Watch a video

Prior to attending your interview please watch this video which will give you an introduction to the Physiotherapy course here at the University of Leicester and the facilities and opportunities we have here. 

On the day

Please report to the Maurice Shock building reception where you will be met by a member of our team. 

The day will consist of:

  • An initial group interview with members of staff and student ambassadors
  • Your group interview will be followed by a written task and an individual interview with two members of staff

You will also have the opportunity to go on a tour of our facilities

What to bring 

  • Photo ID - you will need to bring one form of identity, for example a passport, driving licence or school ID badge
  • Academic certificates - original copies and photocopies of all certificates listed on your UCAS form.
  • A pen

If you require any additional support on the day, including accessibility adjustments, then please get in touch with us at study@le.ac.uk.

Radiography interviews

Watch our facilities video

Prior to attending your interview please watch this video which will give you an introduction to the Radiography facilities here at the University of Leicester.

On the day

Make sure to join a few minutes beforehand so you’re prepared. Please wait in the lobby until you are admitted. You may have to wait for the previous interview to finish before you are admitted. If you are waiting for more than half an hour, or encounter any technical difficulties on the day, please contact study@le.ac.uk or call 0116 252 5281. 

On entry to the interview, you will be introduced to the members of the panel. There will be four members of staff in total made up of academics, clinicians and service users.  

  • The panel want you to be successful, so the first few minutes will be spent getting to know you a little to help you relax. 
  • You will then have an opportunity to ask the team any questions. 
  • The interview should last no more than half an hour in total. 

What to have ready

  • Photo ID - you will need to show one form of identity, for example a passport, driving licence or school ID badge. 
  • Academic certificates - original copies and photocopies of all certificates listed on your UCAS form.
  • Something to make notes with. 
  • A glass of water – we understand it can be a lot of talking!

If you require any additional support on the day, including accessibility adjustments, then please get in touch with us at study@le.ac.uk.

Interview tips

Arrive in plenty of time

Make sure you are ready in plenty of time before the interview in case of any issues that may arise.

Be prepared

Read, read and read the instructions so you know what to expect and how the interview will run. Please make sure that you have all your documents to hand that we will be requiring. If possible, try and have a practice couple of interview questions with a teacher or sensible adult to give you feedback on your performance. Practice really does help with performance and nerves. Make sure you are well fed and watered and get a good night's sleep so you are in best condition to perform well.

First impressions matter

Be polite and courteous at all times. Ensure you are dressed smartly and professionally.

Be aware of body language

Don’t be too fidgety and try to stay natural. It is ok to smile. It may be worth filming yourself practising to see how you come across.

Take your time

Try not to rush your answers. Speak clearly, and concisely and explain your reasoning and thoughts.

Always answer the question you have been asked

When under pressure or you have rehearsed too much, it can be easy to not answer the question being asked. Listen carefully and read all instructions so you know exactly what is being asked of you.

If something goes a bit wrong, continue

Remember, every question is considered independently so if a you feel a question hasn’t gone as well as you may have hoped, park it and move on. Usually it hasn’t gone as bad you think and you don’t want it to effect the rest of your interview. Keep your enthusiasm up throughout.

Be yourself

We want to know more about you, your goals and aspirations and your achievements. We don’t want you to be all the same – so be yourself and make your aim showing us the best of you. You have worked hard to get to this point.

Enjoy it and good luck!

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