Teacher Toolkit

Preparation for Pre Selection Tests


If you are applying for Midwifery, Children’s nursing or Paramedic Science and your application is successful, the first stage of your application process is Literacy and Numeracy Tests.

An example of this is you may be required to undertake a numeracy and literacy test. For a sample numeracy paper for Children’s nursing, please click this link

The following resources may help you prepare for the numeracy test:

•             BBC Skillswise:

•             BBC bitesize:

•             NHS Sn@p tool:

You will be offered a date for your tests via email from our admissions department and then through your Evision account.

Literacy Test (20 mins) and Numeracy Test (30 mins) GCSE/Level 2

Numeracy will consist of numerous calculations including addition, subtraction, multiplication percentage, mean, decimals, fractions, conversion units.

The literacy test may present you wish a scenario and require that you provide feedback with regards to this.  Your literary style, grammar and punctuation will be considered as part of this test as well as your ability to provide reasoned feedback.

What support is available for me?

If you require further support for your tests you can contact our Student Enabling Centre



Preparation for Interview

Interview Preparation

Interviews can take many forms – one-to-one, panel, assessment centres and telephone, but the basic rules are the same for all. Almost everyone is nervous about interviews, but careful preparation can help you feel more confident and in control.

Top tips

  • Find out as much as you can about the interview format and what you will be expected to do. If it doesn’t say in the invitation letter, ring and ask.
  • Plan your journey well in advance and allow plenty of time.
  • Personal presentation is very important; you can’t be too smart. Avoid too much jewellery, perfume or make-up. For some companies you can check pictures in recruitment literature to see what their ideal employees look like!
  • Don’t take too much with you; remember you will be shaking hands which can be awkward if you’re carrying several things. Put necessary documents such as your CV and interview letter in a neat (not necessarily expensive!) folder/briefcase and take only essential items in your handbag/suit pocket.
  • Prepare questions to ask that will make you look keen and committed (ie not about holidays, money or perks).
  • Practise talking about your skills and qualities, giving examples in evidence.
  • Be clear about how this job fits into your career plan.
  • Research the organisation, sector and the job itself.
  • Don’t ask questions you should know from published literature – ask questions that show you’ve read this and listened to briefings on the day.
  • Switch off your mobile phone.
  • Smile! For futher information please click Interview Prep (PDF)

Personal Statement

Your personal statement is a substantial and important part of your application that may distinguish you from other applicants. Your personal statement is read thoroughly by staff within our Admissions Unit and Admissions Tutors when your application is being considered.

Personal statements -

What makes a good personal statement?

Clear and well written

Your Personal Statement should be clear, well written, well-structured and display good English language skills. It should be organised into paragraphs with an introduction, middle and end.

Explain your reason for applying for your chosen course

You should focus your personal statement to the course you have applied for and it should support your desire to study your chosen course.

You should explain your reasons for applying for your chosen course – why would this course suit you? What interests you about the course? You should demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to the course.

Highlight what you have done to develop knowledge of your chosen area of study

You should detail any jobs, placements, work experience (paid or unpaid) or activities that you have undertaken to develop your interest/knowledge in the area that you have chosen to study. This should include the nature of the experience/activities, where you worked and the amount of time you spent there. You should also state when this experience took place as some courses only consider recent experience.

When considering the course you are applying to it is important that you identify the personal qualities you possess or have developed, that will contribute to and help you during the course.  This is especially important when you are applying to a course that requires particular values from the applicant (teacher education; nursing, midwifery, paramedic science etc).  You should ensure that you identify your personal qualities and transferable skills within your Personal Statement.

You should show you have a general knowledge and insight about the subject area you will be studying. How will your present knowledge help you?

Show you have carefully considered your study choice

We would be interested to know how the course relates to your future plans.

 For further information pleack click link

Other information relating to Application process

Be aware of what further information is available, do your research.

Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Science or Physiotherapy – consider the values that are identified as important within the NHS.

NHS Constitution -

Patients, public and staff have helped develop this expression of values that inspire passion in the NHS, and that should underpin everything it does. Individual organisations will develop and build upon these values, tailoring them to their local needs. The NHS values provide common ground for cooperation to achieve shared aspirations, at all levels of the NHS.

Working together for patients

The value of "working together for patients" is a central tenet guiding service provision in the NHS and other organisations providing health services. Patients must come first in everything the NHS does. All parts of the NHS system should act and collaborate in the interests of patients, always putting patient interest before institutional interest, even when that involves admitting mistakes. As well as working with each other, health service organisations and providers should also involve staff, patients, carers and local communities to ensure they are providing services tailored to local needs.

Respect and dignity

Every individual who comes into contact with the NHS and organisations providing health services should always be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of whether they are a patient, carer or member of staff. This value seeks to ensure that organisations value and respect different needs, aspirations and priorities, and take them into account when designing and delivering services. The NHS aims to foster a spirit of candour and a culture of humility, openness and honesty, where staff communicate clearly and openly with patients, relatives and carers.  

Commitment to quality of care

The NHS aspires to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism in the provision of high-quality care that is safe, effective and focused on patient experience. Quality should not be compromised – the relentless pursuit of safe, compassionate care for every person who uses and relies on services is a collective endeavour, requiring collective effort and collaboration at every level of the system. The delivery of high-quality care is dependent on feedback: organisations that welcome feedback from patients and staff are able to identify and drive areas for improvement.


Compassionate care ties closely with respect and dignity in that individual patients, carers and relatives must be treated with sensitivity and kindness. The business of the NHS extends beyond providing clinical care and includes alleviating pain, distress, and making people feel valued and that their concerns are important.

Improving lives

The core function of the NHS is emphasised in this value – the NHS seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of patients, communities and its staff through professionalism, innovation and excellence in care. This value also recognises that to really improve lives the NHS needs to be helping people and their communities take responsibility for living healthier lives.

Everyone counts

We have a responsibility to maximise the benefits we obtain from NHS resources, ensuring they are distributed fairly to those most in need. Nobody should be discriminated or disadvantaged, and everyone should be treated with equal respect and importance.


ALSO – ‘Our Culture of Compassionate Care’ (NHS England) - Explore the 6Cs – care, compassion, courage, communication, commitment and competence.

Nursing and Midwifery Council Official Site

Department of Health

Health and Care Professions Council

Royal College of Physician, Faculty of Physician Associates


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