Faculty of Medical Science Interview Information

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Here you'll find interview information for the following courses:
Paramedic Science
Healthcare Science
Operating Department Practice


Paramedic Science BSc (Hons) Interview Day

If your application is successful you will be invited to an interview day at the campus of your chosen course. We recommend that you come prepared, having researched the role of the Paramedic (Nationally and Internationally) and you'll need to know why you want to join the Paramedic profession.

The NHS will support your placements and likely be your first employer. Think carefully about how you can evidence the NHS Constitution, in particular, the 6Cs. The Health and Care Professions Council regulates the Paramedic profession, look at their website for useful information on 'professionalism'. Other publications to consider; the PEEP report and the Francis report and publications from the College of Paramedics.

The interview day will take the following format:

Talk on studying BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science at Anglia Ruskin University

For the first stage you’ll be all together as a group and given a short presentation on studying Paramedic Science at degree level. This includes the course outline, the academic requirements of each year and further information on clinical practice exposure.

Literacy assessment

You'll be given a question and must demonstrate your understanding of the topic. Previous questions have included 'What is Paramedic Science?', 'What does it mean to be a healthcare professional?' or 'What skills and attributes are required to be a good communicator?'

You'll have 20 minutes to write an essay style answer, which is expected to be well constructed, legible and have correct grammar and punctuation.

Numeracy assessment

The numeracy test consists of 20 questions - these vary from working out percentages, to converting decimals from fractions, to metric to imperial conversions. You won't be allowed a calculator for these, so it's crucial to do some homework beforehand so that you're comfortable with the different sums. The numeracy test is also 20 minutes long and serves as a measure of your current level.;

Group interview

In the group interview you'll be expected to partake in a discussion of various topics including health initiatives, management of difficult situations and social scenarios. You'll be assessed on your communication skills, your approach and confidence to working in a group.

Campus tours

The group will be taken on a tour of the campus by a student ambassador.

Individual interview

The individual interview will be your chance to impress the interviewers with your understanding of the role of a paramedic and why you would make a good candidate to be a paramedic. You'll be asked a few questions by Paramedic lecturers, Paramedics from the Ambulance Trust and the panel may include service users. It is essential that you provide comprehensive answers that allow the panel to understand why you want to become a Paramedic and to assess your suitability to join the profession.

Most of all, you need to be certain that this is the profession you want to join. Then commit yourself to learning as much as you can before you attend an interview day.

Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) BSc (Hons) Interview

If your application has been successful you’ll be invited for an interview at our Cambridge campus. You’ll need to be prepared with knowledge and understanding of the specialisms within Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) which provides a choice of career in either Cardiac or Respiratory Physiology.
As this is an NHS profession degree, accredited by The Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists and the National School for Healthcare Science, you’ll also need to be familiar with the NHS Constitution.

Talk on studying Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences)

For the first stage you’ll be all together as a group and given a short presentation on studying BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological sciences) at ARU.

Literacy assessment

You’ll be asked to read a question and demonstrate an understanding of the topic, previous questions have included ‘What is Healthcare Science?’, ‘What is confidentially?’ or ‘What is good communication?’.
You’ll have 20 minutes to write an essay style answer, which is expected to be well constructed, legible and correctly using grammar and punctuation.

Numeracy assessment

The numeracy test consists of 20 questions – these vary from working out percentages, to converting decimals from fractions, to metric to imperial conversions. You won’t be allowed a calculator for these, so it’s crucial to do some homework beforehand so that you’re comfortable with the different sums.

Group interview

In the group interview you’ll be expected to partake in a discussion around the NHS constitution and the role of a Healthcare Scientist (Physiological Sciences). You’ll be assessed on your communication skills, your approach and confidence to working in a group.

Individual interview

The individual interview will be your chance to impress the interviewers with your understanding of the role of an Healthcare Scientist (Physiological Sciences) and why you would make a good candidate within a specialist area of physiological science. You’ll be asked a few questions by our academic staff, clinicians from the NHS and the panel may even include service users.

Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons) Interview

If your application is successful you will be invited to an interview day at the campus of your chosen course. You'll need to be prepared with knowledge and understanding of the role of the ODP. As this is an NHS profession diploma, leading to registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and membership with the College of Operating Department Practitioners, you'll need to be familiar with the NHS Constitution and the NHS Values.

Talk on studying Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons) at University

For the first stage you'll be all together as a group and given a short presentation on studying the BSc (Hons) in Operating Department Practice.

Literacy assessment

You'll be asked to read a question and demonstrate an understanding of the topic, previous questions have included 'What is an ODP?', 'What is confidentially?' or 'what is good communication?'/

You'll have 20 minutes to write an essay style answer, which is expected to be well constructed, legible and correctly using grammar and punctuation.

Numeracy assessment

The numeracy test consists of 20 questions - these vary from working out percentages, to converting decimals from fractions, to metric to imperial conversions. You won't be allowed a calculator for these, so it's crucial to do some homework beforehand so that you're comfortable with the different sums.

Mini Scenario Interview

In the scenario interview you’ll be given different scenarios which will be linked to one or more of the NHS Values. We’ll be looking to test your verbal and nonverbal communication skills, confidentiality, care, compassion, judgement, competence, courage and ethics amongst other desirable attributes for an aspiring Operating Department practitioner.

We will be asking you in groups to respond to scenarios such as…

'You are an ODP entering a theatre staff changing room 10 minutes prior to being in theatre to prepare for your case with Dr ‘A’. As you enter, you see Dr ‘A’ take a swig of a clear drink (which you suspect is alcohol) from a bottle and quickly close their locker. You start a conversation with Dr ‘A’ and over the course of this, the Dr begins to forget things and slur their words.' How would you deal with this scenario?

Campus tours

The group will be taken on a tour of the campus by a student ambassador.

Individual interview

The individual interview will be your chance to impress the interviewers with your understanding of the role of an ODP and why you would make a good candidate to be an ODP. You'll be asked a few questions by our academic staff, clinicians from the NHS and the panel may even include service users.

Anglia Ruskin University also has some general interview tips that includes a video guide. Visit our 'How to be Successful at Interview' page for more information.