Nursing application interview scenario test

Thank you for expressing an interest in studying Nursing at the University of Stirling! We are looking forward to hearing about you and the following information will explain our process for selection.

We have a values-based process to ensure future nurses have qualities and behaviours aligned with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), National Health Service (NHS) and the University of Stirling.

The NMC is the regulatory body within Scotland. You are required to adhere to the NMC (2018) Code of Conduct whilst practising as a student so please make sure you are familiar with it.

Ensure that you read through all of this webpage before you begin, as it is a requirement that you follow these instructions precisely and within the timescales advised.

What do I need to do before my interview?

It is important to note your scheduled interview date can only be changed in exceptional circumstances. If you wish for the date to be changed, email explaining why you wish to change the date. We will try to accommodate change requests, but any rescheduled dates may be a few weeks after the date we have originally offered you.

Ensure that you have set up your Microsoft Teams well in advance of your interview date so that there will be no issues on the day. We will need to see as well as hear you, so check that your camera and microphone are working before your interview.

If you have not already uploaded your identification to your applicant portal, you must do this now and this should be as follows:

  1. Photographic ID (e.g. Passport, Driving Licence with photograph)
  2. Proof of Address – must be dated within 12 months (e.g. front page of utility bill, mobile phone bill, bank statement)
  3. Birth Certificate
  4. Proof of Immigration status (if applicable, Home Office letter, Valid visa page)
  5. Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  6. Divorce Certificate (if applicable)
  7. Academic Qualification Certificates (for those relevant qualifications already gained)

You can activate your Portal account by visiting and entering your student number and date of birth. You will then be able to access the Portal at or via the My Portal link at the top of the homepage.

At the start of your interview, you will be required to hold proof of your photographic ID up to the camera so we can confirm your identity by comparing this against the identification you have uploaded via your applicant portal. Ensure you have this to hand on the day, as failure to do so will immediately halt the interview.

As you are applying for Adult or Mental Health Nursing, and in preparation for the interview, it is important that you read the NMC (2018) The Code: Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses, midwives and nursing associates known as NMC Code (2018). The NMC Code (2018) is a set of practices that nurses must follow in order to be able to practice as a nurse in the UK.

What will happen during my interview?

We have a values-based interview process to ensure future nurses have qualities and behaviours aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), National Health Service (NHS) and the University of Stirling.

The interview will consist of 3 sets of questions, 2 of which will be based on scenarios that you will be given during the interview. There is no right or wrong answer to these questions, they are designed to help us to get to know you and to explore your values.

When your Teams session starts, we will use the first couple of minutes to help you to ‘settle in’ as we know that you might be nervous and to ensure that everything is working properly. We will check your ID before we start the interview questions. When we start the interview questions, you will have a total time of 12 minutes (4 minutes per set of questions) to discuss your answers to the questions. Your interviewer will ensure that the time limits are adhered to so that it is the same for everyone that we are interviewing. Do not worry if we have to stop you before you have got to the end of your answer.

If you have applied for more than one Nursing course, you need only attend one interview.

If you have applied for a Nursing course and the Paramedic Science course, if your application for Paramedic Science proceeds to stage 2, you will be sent separate information on the interview process.

What happens after my interview?

If you applied via UCAS, a decision on your application will be sent to UCAS Hub in due course. This may not be until nearer the middle of May as we work through all applications. If you applied directly, you will see this on your applicant portal. Due to the volume of applicants, we will be unable to provide feedback.

All Nursing students are required to successfully pass a criminal record check and occupational health check prior to enrolment. Applicants who pass the interview stage will be sent relevant information in due course.

Withdrawing your application

If, at any point in the process, you no longer wish to continue with your application, email requesting that we withdraw your application.