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Selection Day

If you have applied for an NHS funded course with the School of Health Sciences at City University London you will be invited to attend a Selection Day at the university. All applicants to NHS funded courses must go through this selection process before an offer to study can be made.

What happens at your selection day will vary depending on the course that you have applied for.  Once you have read the information below, please click on the tab above for the course area that you will be studying for more information on what will happen on the day and advice on how to prepare.

Please note that some courses run a 2 stage selection process and you may be required to attend an Assessment Day prior to the Selection Day, to qualify for the next stage of selection.

Qualifications and Residency Checks

During the Selection Day you will be required to confirm your current academic qualifications and your eligibility to study in the UK. The Qualifications and Residency Check list details the documents you will need to bring on the selection day.

Please note, if you have taken an Access qualification and your results are pending we require evidence of academic performance to date on your course, this can be an interim transcript or letter from the college, it must include information on all units completed and marks/grades achieved. 

Body language and tips for the day

It's worth noting that a lot of the communication we do is non-verbal. For example this could be the way we stand or sit, move our limbs, nod our head, provide eye-contact. In an assessment centre, non-verbal displays are most likely to be picked up on in group exercises and interviews. It is also worth remembering that not only is it important to be aware of the signals you are giving out, but the signals given by others can be useful cues to pick up on.

Things to look out for:

  • Making eye contact suggests that someone is taking interest in what you are saying.
  • When a person holds their head in their hands it might be suggesting that they are tired and/or getting bored. When you notice this happening, it might be an idea to change the subject and thus regenerate their attention.
  • When people start to look away or downwards it tends to suggest that they may be getting bored or that they disagree with what is being said.

During the Selection Day

  • Listen carefully to all instructions
  • Double-check if you are  uncertain about what you are required to do - don't be afraid to ask questions
  • Be alert and aware throughout the assessment - concentrate, stay calm but focused
  • Do not make assumptions about the way to respond - if you try to guess what the "answers" might be, or what the assessor is looking for, you may be wrong - it is always best to be honest and be yourself!
  • Work quickly but accurately through the exercises - don't spend too long on any one question  

If you require additional time for the assessments due to Dyslexia, please provide us with written evidence of this at registration.

If you are required to attend a full day Selection Day a complimentary sandwich lunch will be provided. The University's catering outlets will also be open throughout the day where you can purchase any refreshments.

You may find the following websites useful in preparing for the tests:

At the Radiography degrees Selection Day you will be evaluated across a range of activities including:

  • Literacy and numeracy tests
  • Cambridge Personal Styles questionnaire
  • Interview

We use a range of different assessment methods to assess your full range of skills, something that we wouldn't be able to do just through an interview. During the day, your performance will normally be evaluated by several assessors, which improves the objectivity and fairness of the selection process.

All assessments are:

Standardised - so that everyone who takes part has the same opportunity to demonstrate their skills and abilities
Objective - because most exercises are measured by a consistent, analytical system using standard contexts
Varied - with different methods designed to assess different elements.

Literacy and Numeracy Tests

These multiple choice, paper and pencil tests measure the ability to interpret or reason with various types of information. Only conventional calculators can be used in the assessments, any other devices should not be used as a calculator, this includes mobile phones which must be switched off during the assessments.

To prepare yourself for this test, view sample questions.

Cambridge Personal Styles Questionnaire (CPSQ)

The CPSQ is a computer-based assessment which consists of 164 statement questions. Respondents indicate to what extent statements reflect what they do. Assessments of this type are traditionally untimed but it will normally take most people between 20 to 45 minutes to complete.

The purpose of the CPSQ is to offer a greater insight into individual ways or styles of thinking, working and relating to others that could influence study and professional effectiveness. All applicants will undertake this. Further information will be provided by the CPSQ invigilator at the Selection Day.

Interview

An interview will form part of the selection day. Structured interviews will focus on ensuring that your values match those of the NHS Constitution.

At the Adult Nursing degree Selection Day you will be evaluated across a range of activities including:

  • Literacy and numeracy test
  • Group discussion/ice breaker
  • Cambridge Personal Styles questionnaire
  • Aptitude test
We use a range of different assessment methods to assess your full range of skills, something that we wouldn't be able to do just through an interview. During the day, your performance will normally be evaluated by several assessors, which improves the objectivity and fairness of the selection process.

All assessments are:

Standardised - so that everyone who takes part has the same opportunity to demonstrate their skills and abilities
Objective - because most exercises are measured by a consistent, analytical system using standard contexts
Varied - with different methods designed to assess different elements.

What to expect on the day

Course presentation

Nursing provides great career opportunities, which is probably one reason why you have applied to undertake nurse training. In order to help you decide on whether this is the right career choice and University for you we will provide you with an overview and provide you with the opportunities to ask us questions.

Literacy and Numeracy Tests

These multiple choice, paper and pencil tests measure the ability to interpret or reason with various types of information. Only conventional calculators can be used in the assessments, any other devices should not be used as a calculator, this includes mobile phones which must be switched off during the assessments.

To prepare yourself for this test, view sample questions.

Group Discussion/Ice Breaker Activity

Group discussions are timed exercises where a group of participants works together to respond to a work-related question. Assessors will observe individual communication skills and group interaction. Assessors will primarily want to see evidence that you are able to work effectively as part of a team. How successful you are at this will depend on how effectively you are able to put across your point of view, listen to each other's points of view, challenge where appropriate and demonstrate that you have understood the information you were presented with.

Cambridge Personal Styles Questionnaire (CPSQ)

The CPSQ is a computer-based assessment which consists of 164 statement questions. Respondents indicate to what extent statements reflect what they do. Assessments of this type are traditionally untimed but it will normally take most people between 20 to 45 minutes to complete.

The purpose of the CPSQ is to offer a greater insight into individual ways or styles of thinking, working and relating to others that could influence study and professional effectiveness. All applicants progressing to the afternoon session will undertake this. Further information will be provided by the CPSQ invigilator at the Selection Day.

Aptitude Test (written exercise)

In order to help you decide on whether this is the right career choice for you and whether you will be successful in completing your course we would like you to take a little time to think about and respond to the set questions.

Campus Tour

A School of Health Sciences campus tour will take you to see both University facilities such as the Student Centre and Library and the School's specialist facilities including the Clinical Skills Centre. The Clinical Skills Centre provides students with state-of-the-art laboratories so you can rehearse practical caring skills prior to their practice placement.

At the Postgraduate Diploma, Nursing Selection Day you will be evaluated across a range of activities including:

  • Literacy and numeracy test
  • Cambridge Personal Styles questionnaire
  • Interview
We use a range of different assessment methods to assess your full range of skills, something that we wouldn't be able to do just through an interview. During the day, your performance will normally be evaluated by several assessors, which improves the objectivity and fairness of the selection process.

All assessments are:

Standardised - so that everyone who takes part has the same opportunity to demonstrate their skills and abilities
Objective - because most exercises are measured by a consistent, analytical system using standard contexts
Varied - with different methods designed to assess different elements.

What to expect on the day

Course presentation

Nursing provides great career opportunities, which is probably one reason why you have applied to undertake nurse training. In order to help you decide on whether this is the right career choice and University for you we will provide you with an overview and provide you with the opportunities to ask us questions.

Literacy and Numeracy Tests

These multiple choice, paper and pencil tests measure the ability to interpret or reason with various types of information. Only conventional calculators can be used in the assessments, any other devices should not be used as a calculator, this includes mobile phones which must be switched off during the assessments.

To prepare yourself for this test, view sample questions.

If you are successful at both the literacy and numeracy tests you will be invited to participate in the afternoon session, which will involve:

Interview

An interview will form part of the selection day. Structured interviews will focus on particular skills, or on how you approach specific problems.

Cambridge Personal Styles Questionnaire (CPSQ)

The CPSQ is a computer-based assessment which consists of 164 statement questions. Respondents indicate to what extent statements reflect what they do. Assessments of this type are traditionally untimed but it will normally take most people between 20 to 45 minutes to complete.

The purpose of the CPSQ is to offer a greater insight into individual ways or styles of thinking, working and relating to others that could influence study and professional effectiveness. All applicants will undertake this. Further information will be provided by the CPSQ invigilator at the Selection Day.

Campus Tour

A School of Health Sciences campus tour will take you to see both University facilities such as the Student Centre and Library and the School's specialist facilities including the Clinical Skills Centre. The Clinical Skills Centre provides students with state-of-the-art laboratories so you can rehearse practical caring skills prior to their practice placement.