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All applications received at UCAS by the main cycle closing date, which is 15 January 2014, will receive equal consideration.
The chart below illustrates a typical UCAS cycle application profile. These numbers change between cycles due to changes in the number of funded places available and the number of applications received.
Please note: for administrative and logistical reasons, the selection process differs between programmes.
All applications are reviewed to ensure that candidates either possess or are working towards qualifications which meet the school's minimum entry criteria. If so the application will progress to the next stage. Applicants who do not progress to the next stage will not be invited for the Assessment Day and will be informed by UCAS that their application has been unsuccessful.
Unsuccessful applicants who wish to obtain feedback should contact: email@example.com
The interviews at Cardiff University School of Health Care Sciences for Nursing involve the use of a Multi Mini Interview procedure which is based on the Objective Structured Clinical Examination format that is commonly used by Health Sciences programmes to evaluate clinical competence.
The interview process is an opportunity to assess interviewees in person and assess information, such as personal qualities, that is not readily forthcoming in traditional application processes. The majority of these interviews will take place the week commencing 17 February 2014.
The MMIs are made up of a series of short, carefully timed interview stations which provide information about applicants' ability to think on their feet, critically appraise information, communicate ideas and demonstrate that they have thought about some of the issues that are important to the nursing profession. There are six stations in total. Each mini interview lasts a maximum of 5 minutes.
The School assesses the ability to apply general knowledge to issues relevant to the culture and society in which students will be practising, should they be successful in gaining admission to (and ultimately graduating from) the School. Equally important will be an assessment of the ability to communicate and defend personal opinions.
The results of all assessments will be used to determine which applicants receive an offer. Two important points to remember:
Following the Assessment and Interview stage each applicant is awarded a total application score. This is the sum of their assessment and interview score.
Offers are made using the total applications score (i.e. personal statement, assessment and interview scores). In addition offers will only be made to applicants who have provided satisfactory statement of character.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their selection process via UCAS tracker; direct applicants by the university. Unsuccessful applicants who wish to obtain feedback should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
This will be under examination conditions with a 45 minute time limit.
All applications are scored using the following sources of information:
Each criterion is equally weighted enabling applications to be awarded a shortlisting score.
The School is aware of websites which assist applicants in preparing personal statements and would like to emphasise that it is important for the statement to be a genuinely personal one, particularly since material from the applicant's personal statement is likely to be discussed further during the selection day.
A threshold score is calculated for each UCAS cycle. This will differ between cycles depending on the number and quality of applications received.
Unsuccessful applicants will be notified via UCAS. Feedback is available via: email@example.com
All applicants who reach the threshold score will be invited to a Selection Day. Applicants who do not reach the threshold score will not be invited for the Selection Day and will be informed by UCAS that their application has been unsucessful.
The invitation will include a selection pack which contains:
Applicants who are unable to attend a Selection Day on the date offered should contact the School's Selection and Admissions Team. It may be possible for an alternative date to be offered.
All applicants who have been successfully shortlisted will be required to attend a Selection Day and will be notified by the School’s Selection and Admissions Team.
BMid programme Selection Days are held at EastGate House, Cardiff between January and March.
Due to the large number of applicants invited, it is not possible to allocate specific times.
The sessions follow the format below:
The interviews are of 15-20 minutes duration. There will be a minimum of two and maximum of three interviewers who relate to the specific programme you have applied for. Applicants are encouraged to discuss individual needs with the Admissions and Selection Team in order for any reasonable adjustment to be made as necessary during the selection process.
You will have the opportunity to ask questions during your interview. This may be to clarify any points or to seek information regarding the programme, university life or clinical placements.
Each applicant is scored using the following criteria:
Following the Selection Day each applicant is awarded a total application score. This is the sum of their shortlisting and Selection Day score.
Due to the limited number of places in each intake offers are made using the total application score.
For Midwifery applicant offers are made based on the Selection Day score only. Where more than the required number of applicants score equally, a combined score of their application and interview will be calculated.
Offers will only be made to candidates who have provided a satisfactory statement of character.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their Selection Day via UCAS. Feedback is available via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants who have applied using the direct application system will be notified by the University.
All suitable applicants who are eligible for additional consideration will be guaranteed an invitation to an assessment day at the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies. Typical offers can be found here.
For details of University policy, please click here.
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