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Selection Visits & Interviews


Selection Visits & Interviews

Some of our courses will require a selection interview as well as qualifications before you can be offered a place.

For courses starting in September 2021, selection visits and interviews will be held online and portfolio submissions for Gray’s School of Art will now be digital. The Student Admissions Service will notify you if this is relevant to your application, along with the date, what platform you will be using and the details of how to access your interview on the day. For more information on how the online interview and digital portfolio will work, please read the relevant section for your academic school.

If you have any specific needs please contact as soon as possible so we can provide reasonable adjustments for you to participate fully.

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Whilst our selection visits and interviews provide a lot of information about your particular course, you are also invited to our virtual Applicant Events in March 2021 which will help you to build a bigger picture about RGU as you decide if this is the right university for you. Whilst you’re not able to visit us in person at the moment, these events give you the opportunity to speak to our wider support services teams such as Finance and Accommodation, alongside teaching staff and current students. They are entirely optional, but we think these are a great chance to gather lots of useful information to help you make the right choice.

School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedic Practice

Once you've applied for a course within the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedic Practice and if you fulfil the selection criteria, you will be invited to attend a selection interview. Due to the current situation concerning COVID-19, the School has made alternative arrangements for interviews with applicants to undergraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and paramedic courses. These alternative arrangements mean that there will be no on-campus face to face interviews with applicants. Selection interviews will be online facilitated via Microsoft Teams (MS Teams).

Interviews will be carried out in groups, with up to seven other applicants, and these will be conducted by two members of academic staff relating to the course/field of practice that you have applied for. All applicants invited to interview will be sent further instructions about the interviews as well as additional resources about the course they have applied for.

It is only after you are offered, and firmly accept a place of one of our courses, that the PVG clearance checks, previously an enhanced Disclosure check, required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Health and Care Professions Council (for Paramedics) and our placement partners are carried out.

You may also be required to undergo a medical examination prior to starting your course.

School of Health Sciences

All courses within the School of Health Sciences require a selection interview prior to an offer being made. It is vital that you not only meet the academic requirements for your chosen course but that you demonstrate the right personal qualities - a caring nature, a commitment to the profession and a genuine interest in people. Without these personal attributes, you will find your chosen course very challenging. All applicants who have the potential to meet our academic entry criteria will be required to attend (virtually) a selection interview.

Selection interviews are very much a two-way process. We will be finding out more about you as a person and whether you are ideally suited to your chosen career however you will also have the opportunity to find out more about the course you have applied for, meet the teaching team and learn more about our teaching approach.

Your Virtual Selection Visit

All Applicants

The session will begin with a welcome from our teaching team, followed by a Q&A session so you can ask the team any questions about the course or university and get a feel for what it’s like to study at RGU. After this, you will take part in group exercises with other applicants, followed by an individual interview.

It is only after you are offered and accept a place on one of our courses that the Disclosure checks required by the Health and Care Professions Council and our placement partners are carried out.

These courses also require you to undergo a medical examination and have specific immunisations prior to course commencement. Information on these is provided prior to the start of the course.

Year 3 Applicants - Applied Sport and Exercise Science & Sport Coaching

You will participate in a group discussion lasting 30 minutes (15 minutes per article), requiring you to review a research article within the group context. Download the research articles in advance:

You will also have a short interview with members of staff who will assess your suitability for the course with questions such as ‘why have you applied to study your selected course at RGU?’  The interview will take no more than 10 minutes.

Please note the group discussion and interview will be video recorded for moderation purposes.

You will be allocated an allotted time for your interview, so you there may be a short wait after the group discussion prior to your individual interview. We’ll have some of our current students available to chat as you wait.

School of Applied Social Studies

BA (Hons) Social Work

If you fulfil the entry requirements for this course you will be invited to interview online. The selection interviews are a vital component of our process and participation is expected, we do not offer places based on paper applications alone.

Social Work is a challenging and fulfilling profession that requires a balance between academic ability and interpersonal skills. In addition to meeting the academic requirements, we look for applicants who have core values such as non-judgemental attitude, commitment to equality and social justice. We work with you to develop as a resilient and well-informed practitioner on these foundations.

The selection interview will allow you to meet members of the course team and through discussion you can learn much more about the culture and approach we have to teaching and learning. This allows us an opportunity to gain a more complete sense of you, your values and the experiences that you will bring with you to your studies.

The interview comprises 4 parts: -

  • Exploring what you have included in your personal statement within your application form
  • A brief values exercise
  • Discussion on your responses to the written exercise which is sent to you in advance of your interview
  • The space for you hear about our course and ask any questions you may have so that you can make an informed decision about your chosen route of study

It is only after you are offered, and firmly accept a place on the BA (Hons) Social Work course that you are required to register with the Scottish Social Services Council including completing a PVG

Gray's School of Art

If you fulfil the entry requirements for your chosen course, we will ask you to support your application by submitting a digital portfolio of your work. The digital portfolio will consist of 25 pages, which can contain multiple images within them.

Details of the process, submission and how to approach its contents, are contained in Portfolio Guidance 2021.

The digital portfolio submission dates are as follows:

  • Digital portfolios for entry to Year 1 should be submitted on 26 Feb 2021.
  • Digital portfolios for entry to Years 2, 3 and 4 should be submitted on 15 Feb 2021.

After staff have viewed and graded your portfolio, we may contact some applicants to arrange an online interview. This short interview session is informal in nature and through discussion of your work, we will be able to further contextualise your application. It is always worthwhile practicing talking to somebody about your work before an event like this, to see if you can clearly communicate your thinking. You do not need to over rehearse this, but we would encourage you to do some prep to help you be ready to think on your feet during the discussion on the day.

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