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PG Dip Adult Nursing

The Selection process for the PG Dip Adult 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 your application meets our entry criteria for the course you will be invited to attend a Selection Day held at City, University of London.

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:



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.


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.