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Selection Session

The nursing selection session has been designed as an opportunity for you to demonstrate your enthusiam, skills, understanding, insight and personal values relevant to nursing. Applicants for all nursing programmes will experience the same session. Typically, you will be with us for up to 3½ hours, engaging with a group discussion activity, face to face reflection with a member of staff, and opportunity to judge and comment on a health care scenario.

During the day, there will be ample time to engage with some of our current nursing students as well as admissions tutors. We also have a question and answer based information session and encourage you to come prepared with all your questions. It is a great opportunity for you to find out all you want to know about us, our nursing programmes and student life at University of Southampton.

Each session can have up to 45 applicants attending, we do not have a cap on the number of places we offer in each session. Following your time with us the Admissions Tutors will evaluate all of your contributions to the selection day, re-read your UCAS application, personal statement and reference in order to make a fully informed decision on each applicant. 

Before the day

To prepare for the session you should read at least two of the following documents (please click on or paste the hyperlinks)

Enabling professionalism (NMC, 2018). Please access “Read enabling professionalism’ and ‘Professionalism in practice’.

That Age Old Question (Royal Society for Public Health, 2018). Please access not more than p4-27

Future in mind: Promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. (NHS England, 2015). Please access p9-20 only.

Dementia (World Health Organisation, 2019) Please access the whole of this short paper that is relevant to all applicants.

State of Child Health & Us (Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, 2019). Please access the whole of this short paper that is particularly relevant to Child nursing applicants.

NHS Long Term Plan: Overview and summary (NHS, 2019). Please access the whole of this short paper that is relevant to all applicants (overview and summary only).

Before you leave home

Please make sure that you read through the checklist of documents you must bring with you and organise a photograph of yourself (as per the checklist). Please plan to arrive in good time.

What to expect

Group activity

We advise that you prepare for the group activity by ensuring you are familiar with current healthcare issues, health provision and the role of nurses in the United Kingdom. Reading two of the papers above will be helpful. The activity will be in small groups in the form of a discussion about contemporary professional nursing or health care; we are keen to hear your thoughts and experiences relevant to the subject and would like everyone to participate freely. The group will be joined by one or two staff members or clinicians who are there to observe and assess your communication and team working skills as well as your insight to current healthcare. The group discussions last 20 – 25 minutes and are always a very interesting experience.

Discussing important health related issues with others can be thought provoking and enjoyable. It is important that you come prepared to join in the discussion by listening to your peers and contributing your own thoughts.

Individual face to face reflection

Your face to face reflection will be undertaken with one of your observers from the preceding group activity. During this time you will be asked to reflect on your contribution to the group activity and to consider if you would repeat the same approach in any similar future activity.

Judge and comment on a health care scenario

Sat with a group of other applicants for nursing, you will be asked to judge a health care situation, typically a short video. A range of straightforward open questions will be asked giving you opportunity to write brief notes identifying attributes that demonstrate your personal values and approach to other people.

Question and answer information session

As your selection day concludes you will have time to ask experienced members of academic staff, supported by current students, to clarify any remaining gaps in your knowledge about nursing courses and the student experience at University of Southampton. Do feel comfortable to ask any questions about the programme, campus, accommodation, finances or anything else that will help you make a choice about your application to Southampton. We will ensure that we answer all questions, accurately and honestly. We want to support you to make informed choices about your future career.

Dual field nursing applicants

You may have applied for one of our MNurs programmes: adult and children's nursing; or adult and mental health nursing; or children’s and mental health nursing. You are encouraged to bring a revised personal statement (maximum 500 words) to support your skills and experience in the two fields of nursing practice you have chosen to study. These will be collected on the day and considered with all the other information in your application.

Dress code

You are attending an interview for entry into a professional career and we expect applicants to dress accordingly.

Friends and relatives

We welcome a friend or family member to a separate question and answer session at approx. 11:15 (morning session) / 15:15 (afternoon session). A place should be reserved on the registration form when booking.


Limited free parking is available at our Montefiore Halls, Wessex Lane, postcode SO18 2NU. Please make sure you park in the non-residential section as signposted. From here you will be able to take the Uni-link Bus (service U1C) to the Interchange on Highfield Campus (Uni link Bus Map). The bus stop is directly outside the entrance gate to the Halls. Tickets can be purchased from the bus driver. A day rider ticket costs £3.70 and entitles you to unlimited travel on any of our Uni-link buses. 

Applicants invited to Dun Laoghaire

Dún Laoghaire is approximately 12km (8 miles) south of Dublin city centre and about 7km (4 miles) from the M50 motorway. The College is at the north side of Dun Laoghaire town centre; car parking is available within the town. A number of bus services pass the college. There are 4 trains each hour from Dublin Connolly station direct to Dun Laoghaire station (25 minutes); it is then a 10 minute walk to the college. When you arrive at the college please make your way to reception.

Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute, 17 Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin

When will you hear our decision?

We aim to communicate interview decisions within 10 working days. You will see this decision in UCAS Track and also receive written confirmation from us by e-mail.

We look forward to meeting you on the selection day and wish you every success with your application.

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