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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 this 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. 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 Session prior to the Selection Day, to qualify for the next stage of selection.

Access Applicants

Our arrangements for applicants currently studying an Access to HE course are slightly different to the ones detailed below, although you will still sit the same tests and participate in the same exercises alongside other applicants. We makes these arrangements as we appreciate that Access applicants may have been away from formal study for some time. We have been very pleased to take Access students in the past. Many of these students have performed at the highest levels at the University, and have gone on to excel in their chosen profession. Access applicants will be contacted with further information once their application is shortlisted.

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. 

NHS Constitution Assessment

During the day, you will be asked to complete the NHS Constitution Assessment, which is used to demonstrate that your values match those of the NHS Constitution.

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 special arrangements (including extra time) for an Assessment Session or Selection Day due to a learning difficulty or disability, please ensure you let us know prior to your attendance when you register online. You will need to provide us with written evidence of this on the day itself.

BSc (Hons) Radiography

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 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.

Before you attend the day you will need to complete the Cambridge Personal Styles Questionnaire at home:

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.

Literacy and Numeracy Tests

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

Literacy and numeracy

Literacy

Numeracy

Sample tests

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.

BSc (Hons) Adult and Child Nursing

The Selection process for BSc Adult and 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 an interview. During the process, 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.

Assessment Session

If you application meets our entry criteria for BSc Adult or Child Nursing you will first be invited in for an Assessment Session. At your Assessment Session you will sit the following tests:

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.

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.

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

Literacy and Numeracy

Literacy

Numeracy

Sample tests

Selection Day

If you pass your literacy and numeracy tests we will invite you to attend a Selection Day. Before you attend the day you will first have to complete the online Cambridge Personal Styles Questionaire (CPSQ) at home.

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.
The Selection Day itself will consist of the following activities:

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.

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.

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.

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing

The Selection process for Postgraduate 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 an interview. During the process, 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.

Assessment Session

If you application meets our entry criteria for Postgraduate Nursing you will first be invited in for an Assessment Session. At your Assessment Session you will sit the following tests:

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.

Aptitude Test (written exercise for PG Adult & Child Nursing)

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.

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

Literacy and numeracy

Literacy

Numeracy

Sample tests

Selection Day

If you pass your literacy and numeracy tests we will invite you to attend a Selection Day. Before you attend the day you will first have to complete the online Cambridge Personal Styles Questionaire (CPSQ) at home.

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.

The Selection Day itself will consist of the following activities:

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.

Interview

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

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.

BSc and Postgraduate Mental Health Nursing

The Selection process for BSc and Postgraduate Mental Health 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 an interview. During the process, 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.

Assessment Session

If you application meets our entry criteria for BSc or Postgraduate Mental Health Nursing 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 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. 

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

Literacy and numeracy

Literacy

Numeracy

Sample tests

Selection Day

If you pass your literacy and numeracy tests we will invite you to attend a Selection Day. Before you attend the day you will first have to complete the online Cambridge Personal Styles Questionaire (CPSQ) at home.  

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.

The Selection Day itself will consist of the following activities:

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.

Interview

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

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.

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 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 an interview. During the process, 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.

Assessment Session

If you application meets our entry criteria for BSc Midwifery 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 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. 

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.

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

Literacy and numeracy

Literacy

Numeracy

Sample tests

Selection Day

If you pass your literacy and numeracy tests we then consider your Aptitude test, if this is to the required standard we will then invite you to a Selection Day. Before you attend the day you will first have to complete the online Cambridge Personal Styles Questionaire (CPSQ) at home.

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.

The Selection Day itself will consist of the following activities:

Course Presentation

Midwifery provides great career opportunities, which is probably one reason why you have applied to undertake Midwife 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.

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 points of view, 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.