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Selection process update following Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

We hope you are all safe and well at this difficult time. We understand that there is currently a lot of uncertainty and we want to reassure you, that we are here to support you through your application and selection process. We are closely monitoring the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure we do all we can to help and support our student communities.

Regarding your application; we know this is an uncertain time for you, but we want to help as much as we can. If you are worried about your application, having doubts, would like reassurance of how the University is supporting its community or you have any queries about your application, you can email us on

What has changed?

For everyone’s safety, we have now moved all selection events online and will have sent you an email inviting you to sign up for an individual virtual interview. Please check your inbox that you made your application with for more information.

Nurse and child

What to expect

Your nursing selection process has been designed as an essential part of your journey for you to hopefully join us in Southampton. It is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your enthusiasm, skills, understanding, insight and personal values relevant to nursing. We are looking forward to meeting you!

For the Virtual interview, we will offer you the opportunity to carry these out via Microsoft Teams. We just ask that you ensure you have a good connection before the session. If a virtual session is not a suitable option for you, please email us at and we will work with you to organise a solution. Please be assured we want to talk with you so you can share and demonstrate your passion for nursing effectively.


Virtual Interview format

Following your virtual interview, the Admissions Tutor will evaluate all your contributions, re-read your UCAS application, personal statement and reference in order to make a fully informed decision on each applicant.

Recommended preparation

- 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).

In normal circumstances, we would ask you to bring a photograph and complete a self-declaration of good character (disclose any criminal record). However, for the virtual interviews these are not necessary and we will ask you to declare good character at a later date.

So, what are you waiting for?

Book your virtual interview

We are looking forward to meeting you!


Q: Is the University Open over the Easter break?

A: The University of Southampton will be closed for the Easter break on the 9 and 10 April 2020 and the 13 and 14 April. Interviews will not take place on these dates. Rest assured, any enquiries will be answered as soon as possible either side of those dates.

Q: Where can I get information about COVID 19?

A: For all information relating to COVID 19 from the University of Southampton, please visit our dedicated page.

Q: How will I get my offer?

A: You will receive our decision via UCAS in the normal way; we aim to achieve this within two working weeks although at the present time most will hear within one week. We will also send you a short document with answers to the most frequently asked questions presented to us at the ‘normal’ selection days.

Q: When can I visit the campus?

A: At the present time the University campus is closed to visitors, students and staff. When the site re-opens we plan a series of visit opportunities for everyone we have made offers to. On these days there will be lots of scope to talk with our current nursing students, academic staff, see our state of the art simulation suites, experience the campus and its’ facilities. We will let you know these dates when they are confirmed; they will most likely be in July.

Q: What about accommodation in University halls?

A: The University guarantees first year hall accommodation for all single students that request it in a reasonable time – this year before the end of July. Halls are currently closed to visitors, but we encourage you to make use of the virtual tours and information at:

Q: Will my offer be conditional?

A; All offers are conditional on applicants achieving our published entry grades, being of good character (includes suitable criminal record check) and being considered ‘fit’ by our NHS Occupational Health Advisors. Possible variation to published entry grades is something we occasionally consider during UCAS confirmation. Please ask us for further clarification of this answer if needed.

You may well have lots of other questions and we are keen to answer these, no matter how many you have! Also questions from family members or parents. Please email us at so your query can be directed to an Admissions Tutor or a current nursing student.


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