PG Dip Midwifery - 90 week programme
At the Selection Day you will be evaluated across a range of activities including:
- Literacy and numeracy tests
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:
- Level 2 Interactive Resources
- Level 2 Teaching and Learning Materials for Adults
- BBC Skillswise – Literacy for Adults
- Level 1 Interactive Resources
- Level 1 Teaching and Learning Materials
- Level 2 Teaching and Learning Materials
- National Numeracy Challenge: Strength in Numbers
- BBC Skillswise – Numeracy for Adults
- Numeracy sample test 1
- Numeracy sample test 2
- Numeracy sample test 3
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.
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.