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Selection Day

Assessment Sessions and Selection Days

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 an Assessment Session and/or Selection Day at the university. All applicants to NHS funded courses must go through the selection process before an offer to study can be made.

What happens during the selection process will vary depending on the course that you have applied for. Please browse the tabs below for information about the selection process for your course and advice and guidance on how to prepare for the selection process. We strongly advise all applicants to prepare for the selection process.

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

Access Applicants

If youare applying to study at City having completed/are completing an Access Course the selection process varies slightly. Along with other applicants you will be invited to go through the selection process as well as completing an additional assessment.

Access applicants will be contacted with further information once their application is shortlisted.

BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging; Radiotherapy and Oncology)

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

  • Literacy and numeracy tests
  • Interview

We use a range of 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 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 tests measure your ability to interpret or reason with various types of information, a vital element of the course. You may use conventional calculators for the numeracy assessment but any other devices such as mobile phones cannot not be used to complete the test.

N.B. mobile phones cannot be used in any testing and must be switched off before tests commence.

We strongly suggested that you prepare for these tests by using online resources for practice tests:

Literacy and numeracy

Literacy

Numeracy

Sample tests

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/would do. Assessments of this type are traditionally untimed but it will normally take most people between 20 to 45 minutes to complete.

You are required to complete the CPSQ before you attend the Selection Day. We will send you a link to the questionnaire that you need to complete at home in your own time. Further details on how and when you need to complete the CPSQ will be included in the email.

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.

Interview

An interview will form part of the selection day. Structured interviews will focus on particular skills, or on how you approach specific problems to assess your suitability for the course.

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 also include information on all units completed and marks/grades achieved.

Top tips for the Selection 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 important to think about the signals given by others; these are also cues to pick up on.

Also remember to:

  • 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
  • Come prepared; have a go at some of the practice tests we have provided and read all the information you have been sent carefully before your Selection Day.

BSc (Hons) Adult & BSc (Hons) Child Nursing

The Selection process for BSc Adult and BSc Adult Child Nursing follows a two stage format where you will first attend an Assessment Session and then, if successful, attend a Selection Day.

Throughout the process 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 interviewing you. During the process your performance will 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.

Assessment Session

If you application meets our entry criteria for the course you will first be invited in for an Assessment Session where you will sit literacy and numeracy tests.

Literacy and Numeracy Tests

These multiple choice, paper tests measure your ability to interpret or reason with various types of information, a vital element of the course. You may use conventional calculators for the numeracy assessment but any other devices such as mobile phones cannot not be used to complete the test.

N.B. mobile phones cannot be used in any testing and must be switched off before tests commence.

Aptitude Test (written exercise)

In order to help you decide whether this is the right career choice for you and whether you will be successful in completing your course we will ask you to respond, in writing, to a set of questions. You should consider your answers carefully and prepare for the test using the supporting documents below.

We strongly suggested that you prepare for these tests by using online resources for practice tests:

Literacy and numeracy

Literacy

Numeracy

Sample tests

The next step - Selection Day

If you pass all the assessments taken on the initial Assessment Day you will then be invited to attend a Selection Day held at City University London, this is the next stage in the selection process.

Before you attend the Selection Day you will be required to complete the online Cambridge Personal Styles Questionnaire (CPSQ). We will send you a link to the questionnaire that you need to complete at home in your own time. Further details on how and when you need to complete the CPSQ will be included in the email.

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/would 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.

The Selection Day itself will consist of the following activities:

Introduction to Child Nursing at City – Presentation

Child nursing provides great career opportunities, which is probably one reason why you have applied for the course. 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 of the course at City, there will be opportunities to ask us questions after the presentation.

Group Activity

Group discussions are timed exercises where a group of participants work together to respond to a work-related question. Assessors observe individual communication skills and group interaction throughout the exercise and are looking 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 others views, challenge where appropriate and demonstrate that you have understood the information you were presented with.

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.

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 also include information on all units completed and marks/grades achieved.

Top tips for the Selection 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 important to think about the signals given by others; these are also cues to pick up on.

Also remember to:

  • 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
  • Come prepared; have a go at some of the practice tests we have provided and read all the information you have been sent carefully before your Selection Day.

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health)

The Selection process for the PG Dip Adult Nursing, PG Dip Child Nursing and PG Dip Mental Health Nursing follows a two stage format where you will first attend an Assessment Session and then, if successful, attend a further Selection Day.

Throughout the process 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 interviewing you. During the process your performance will 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.

Assessment Session

If you application meets our entry criteria for the course you will first be invited in for an Assessment Session where you will sit literacy and numeracy tests.

Literacy and Numeracy Tests

These multiple choice, paper tests measure your ability to interpret or reason with various types of information, a vital element of the course. You may use conventional calculators for the numeracy assessment but any other devices such as mobile phones cannot not be used to complete the test.

N.B. mobile phones cannot be used in any testing and must be switched off before tests commence.

Aptitude Test (written exercise)

In order to help you decide whether this is the right career choice for you and whether you will be successful in completing your course we will ask you to respond, in writing, to a set of questions. You should consider your answers carefully and prepare for the test using the supporting documents below.

We strongly suggested that you prepare for these tests by using online resources for practice tests:

Literacy and numeracy

Literacy

Numeracy

Sample tests

The next step - Selection Day

If you pass all the assessments taken on the initial Assessment Day you will then be invited to attend a Selection Day held at City University London, this is the next stage in the selection process.

Before you attend the Selection Day you will be required to complete the online Cambridge Personal Styles Questionnaire (CPSQ). We will send you a link to the questionnaire that you need to complete at home in your own time. Further details on how and when you need to complete the CPSQ will be included in the email.

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/would 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.

The Selection Day itself will consist of the following activities:

Introduction to Adult Nursing at City – Presentation

Adult nursing provides great career opportunities, which is probably one reason why you have applied for the course. 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 of the course at City, there will be opportunities to ask us questions after the presentation.

Interview

An interview will form part of the selection day. Structured interviews will focus on particular skills, or on how you approach specific problems to assess your suitability for the course.

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.

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 also include information on all units completed and marks/grades achieved.

Top tips for the Selection 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 important to think about the signals given by others; these are also cues to pick up on.

Also remember to:

  • 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
  • Come prepared; have a go at some of the practice tests we have provided and read all the information you have been sent carefully before your Selection Day.

BSc Midwifery

The Selection process for BSc Midwifery follows a two stage format where you will first attend an Assessment Session and then, if successful, attend a further Selection Day.

Throughout the process 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 interviewing you. During the process your performance will  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.

Assessment Session

If you application meets our entry criteria for the course you will first be invited in for an Assessment Session where you will sit literacy and numeracy tests.

Literacy and Numeracy Tests

These multiple choice, paper tests measure your ability to interpret or reason with various types of information, a vital element of the course. You may use conventional calculators for the numeracy assessment but any other devices such as mobile phones cannot not be used to complete the test.

N.B. mobile phones cannot be used in any testing and must be switched off before tests commence.

Aptitude Test (written exercise)

In order to help you decide whether this is the right career choice for you and whether you will be successful in completing your course we will ask you to respond, in writing, to a set of questions. You should consider your answers carefully and prepare for the test using the supporting documents below.

We strongly suggested that you prepare for these tests by using online resources for practice tests:

Literacy and numeracy

Literacy

Numeracy

Sample tests

The next step - Selection Day

If you pass all the assessments taken on the initial Assessment Day you will then be invited to attend a Selection Day held at City University London, this is the next stage in the selection process.

Before you attend the Selection Day you will be required to complete the online Cambridge Personal Styles Questionnaire (CPSQ). We will send you a link to the questionnaire that you need to complete at home in your own time. Further details on how and when you need to complete the CPSQ will be included in the email.

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/would 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.

The Selection Day itself will consist of the following activities:

Introduction to Midwifery at City – Presentation

Midwifery provides great career opportunities, which is probably one reason why you have applied for the course. 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 of the course at City, there will be opportunities to ask us questions after the presentation.

Group Activity

Group activities are timed exercises where a group of participants works together to respond to a work-related task. 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 views, challenge where appropriate and demonstrate that you have understood the information you were presented with.

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.

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 also include information on all units completed and marks/grades achieved.

Top tips for the Selection 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 important to think about the signals given by others; these are also cues to pick up on.

Also remember to:

  • 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
  • Come prepared; have a go at some of the practice tests we have provided and read all the information you have been sent carefully before your Selection Day.