Interviews for allied and public health courses

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Here you'll find in-depth information about interview days for our degrees in Paramedic ScienceHealthcare Science and Operating Department Practice.

Paramedic Science interview day

If your application is successful, we'll invite you to an interview day in Cambridge or Chelmsford.

We recommend that you come prepared, having researched the role of the paramedic (nationally and internationally). We'll be interested to hear why you want to join the profession.

The NHS will support your placements and is likely to 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, so take a look at their website for useful information on 'professionalism'. Other publications to consider include the PEEP report, the Francis report, and publications from the College of Paramedics.

Format of the day

Your interview day will take the following format.

  • Talk on studying BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
    For the first stage you’ll be together as a group for a short presentation on studying Paramedic Science here at ARU. We'll look at the course outline, academic requirements of each year, and clinical practice exposure on placements.
  • 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 use correct grammar and punctuation.
  • Numeracy assessment
    The numeracy test consists of 20 questions, ranging from working out percentages, to converting decimals from fractions, to metric to imperial conversions. You won't be allowed a calculator, so it's crucial to do some homework beforehand and make sure you're comfortable with the different sums. The numeracy test is 20 minutes long.
  • Group interview
    In the group interview you'll be expected to take part 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 tour
    One of our student ambassadors will take your group on a campus tour.
  • Individual interview
    The individual interview is your chance to impress a panel with your understanding of the role of a paramedic and why you'd like to work in this field. You'll be asked a few questions by our Paramedic Science lecturers, and paramedics from an Ambulance Trust. The panel may also include service users. Aim to give comprehensive answers that allow the panel to understand why you want to become a paramedic, and assess your suitability to join the profession.

Above 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 your interview day.

Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) interview day

If your application has been successful you’ll be invited for an interview in Cambridge

We recommend that you come prepared, with knowledge and understanding of the specialisms within Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences), which can lead to a choice of career in either cardiac or respiratory physiology.

As this is an NHS 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.

Format of the day

Your interview day will take the following format.

  • Talk on studying Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences)
    For the first stage you’ll be together as a group for a short presentation on studying BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological sciences) here 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 use correct grammar and punctuation.
  • Numeracy assessment
    The numeracy test consists of 20 questions, ranging from working out percentages, to converting decimals from fractions, to metric to imperial conversions. You won't be allowed a calculator, so it's crucial to do some homework beforehand and make sure you're comfortable with the different sums.
  • Group interview
    In the group interview you’ll be expected to taker part 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 is your chance to impress ourpanel with your understanding of the role of a healthcare scientist (physiological sciences) and why you'd like to work in a specialist area of physiological science. You’ll be asked a few questions by our academic staff and clinicians from the NHS. The panel may also include service users.

Operating Department Practice interview day

If your application is successful, we'll invite you to an interview day at the campus where you've chosen to study. You'll need to be prepared with knowledge and understanding of the role of an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP).

When you graduate, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. Therefore, you must be aware of and uphold the HCPC's  professional values and behaviours. Additionally, as you’ll be working with service users at a very vulnerable time in their lives from early on in your degree, and throughout your career, you're expected to be familiar with and uphold the NHS Constitution and values.

Format of the day

Your interview day will take the following format.

  • Talk on studying BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
    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 here 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 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 use 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.
  • 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 non-verbal communication skills, confidentiality, care, compassion, judgement, competence, courage and ethics, among other desirable attributes for an aspiring operating department practitioner. We'll ask you to respond, in groups, to scenarios such as: You are an ODP entering a theatre staff changing room ten 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 doctor begins to forget things and slur their words. How would you deal with this scenario?
  • Campus tour
    One of our student ambassadors will take your group on a campus tour.
  • Individual interview
    The individual interview is your chance to impress our panel with your understanding of the role of an operating department practitioner, and why you would make a good candidate. You'll be asked a few questions by our academic staff and clinicians from the NHS. The panel may also include service users.

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