Nursing at Leicester

Applying to Leicester

Stage 1: UCAS form

All applications, including those of overseas students and mature students, must be made through UCAS.

We have minimum academic entry requirements – BBB or equivalent. These are unique programmes (four years, with leadership) so competition for places is keen and we expect high grades in appropriate A-levels (or equivalent).

Your UCAS form should detail your academic qualifications (achieved and pending), a current academic reference and a personal statement, plus details of any employment. Work experience is not essential but you should be able to demonstrate that you have undertaken some kind of experience where you are able to communicate with the public.

From the information on your UCAS form we will review all applications and suitable applicants will be invited to interview.

Stage 2: Interview

The interview will take the format of multiple mini interviews (MMIs).
We conduct in person interviews in a group setting. This provides students with the opportunity to meet staff, tour our nursing and University facilities and meet current as well as prospective students. If you live outside of the UK you can request an online interview via our admissions team. The NHS values and 6 Cs (PDF) will be assessed at our interviews. These include:

  • Motivation to study nursing and genuine interest in the nursing profession
  • Insight into your own strengths and weaknesses
  • Ability to reflect on your own work
  • Personal organisation
  • Academic ability
  • Problem solving
  • Ability to deal with uncertainty
  • Ability to manage risk and deal effectively with problems
  • Ability to take responsibility for your own actions
  • Conscientiousness
  • Insight into your own health
  • Communication skills, including reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Teamwork abilities
  • Ability to treat people with compassion, respect and dignity
  • Resilience and the ability to deal with difficult situations
  • Empathy and the ability to care for others
  • Honesty
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Ethical judgement

Our interviews consist of a small Maths in a nursing context and English paper.

You will have 8 minutes to complete the maths paper and 8 minutes to complete the English paper.

We then place students in small groups where you will visit two different stations:

  1. A team building exercise whereby you’re assessed in your ability to work together.
  2. A group conversation with a service user to assess your values related to the 6c’s of nursing.

Each station will be scored and you will be ranked on the basis of those scores.

Based on consideration of both your UCAS form and your interview, we may then make you an offer.

Should you have any queries regarding the interview process please do not hesitate to contact us via

Stage 3: Offer

Your offer will be conditional if you are still awaiting the results of your degree, A-levels, IB or equivalent.

As part of the offer for a place on this course all students are required to agree to abide by the conditions of a Student Learning Contract which you will be asked to sign during the induction week at the beginning of the course. This learning contract will apply to the entire duration of the course and the signed copy will be stored as a PDF on your University electronic record.

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