If you are applying for course in the School of Health & Social Work such as Nursing or Physiotherapy, we have provided additional guidance to help you satisfy the additional requirements needed for such courses.
You'll be expected to expand on certain areas in your application for these programmes.
Understanding the Profession
The University will want to know that a student understands the various avenues available to them as a health practitioner. We advise that prospective students of our health courses visit their online professional body. The University must stress how important it is that students of this area are fully aware of the work ahead of them, and that means doing thorough online research.
Interests and Hobbies
In addition to a focus on health studies, our course tutors want to get to know the students who come to study. Personal statements are also a place for applicants to get across the kinds of people they are in their free time, and applicants might want to mention hobbies and interests like playing sports or a musical instrument.
The NHS need not be complicated for new students, but it is important that they understand how it works. We advise that students look to the NHS website and search online to consolidate their knowledge.
Once students are familiar with how it works, we advise that they research the Constitution and the Values of the NHS by visiting the UK Government’s website at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england
When examining applicant personal statements, the university will want to know that a prospective student understands the Values of the NHS. Therefore, we advise that applicants devote a portion of their personal statement to make clear their understanding – perhaps by including examples of the Values that relate to their own experiences.
The University wants to know that its applicants are willing and eager to become health practitioners. We advise that applicants make clear their reasons (both personal and professional) for wanting to study and work in this field.
Work experience is often a vital way to improve studies with practical work – especially for upcoming health practitioners. We advise that students look to local hospitals and clinics for opportunities where you might observe practitioners as they work.
This may prove difficult with larger hospitals, so students may look to community-based clinics, hospices, charities, and other settings that may offer experience to studying health practitioners.
Whilst the University does not expect students to complete a set period of work experience (anything from a few days to a few weeks is acceptable), we strongly advise that they seek it out, as it can be invaluable to informing and shaping the development of health practitioners.
When looking at personal statements, the University wants to know what experience an applicant has, how long for, and where/with whom it was completed. It’s also important to describe just how this experience influenced their decision to pursue the health sector.