Frequently asked questions

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Applications, interview and offer information

Where can I get advice on how to apply?

Advice on application and shortlisting can be found in our nursing or midwifery application leaflets

For interview information visit our page on application advice, interviews, offers and feedback.

I am planning to take a gap year, when should I apply?

We are happy to consider applications for deferred entry. Applications may be made either during the A level year (for deferred entry) or during a gap year. Like all other applicants, gap year applicants must be able to attend an interview on one of the pre-arranged dates which will fall between December and May.

What sort of experience would strengthen my application?

For nursing, you may consider working in a nursing home, undertaking work shadowing at a local hospital, or working for a voluntary organisation. The experience can be very varied but should demonstrate your ability to work with others, communicate well, and that you are keen to learn more about the role you are entering in to. 

For midwifery, working with people, in either a paid or voluntary capacity, would be useful in developing communication skills. You might like to consider how this experience might inform your personal statement if making an application.

Do you consider international applicants?

You will need to have lived in the UK for more than three years before applying for the course so that you are eligible for access to the student loan. We do not accept self-funding students.

Does it matter if I haven’t studied for ten years?

Recent evidence of study, within the last five years, is required as this helps demonstrate time management and academic writing skills.

Money, work and travel

What financial help is available?

Please visit our fees and finance page.

Can I work part time?

It is possible to fit some paid work on days off or on your annual leave but it is important to remember that the course is a full-time course which is demanding and challenging and you will be required to work a range of day, night, weekend and Bank Holiday shifts as part of your placement experience. The University sets a guideline that if you are a full-time student, you should not work more than 15 hours per week during term time.

Will uniforms be issued?

Yes, you will be issued with a number of uniform sets. In some cases adjustments can be made to meet cultural and/or religious requirements but these need to be in line with the best infection control practices. 

When will the holidays be?

Holidays are fixed and are normally two weeks at Christmas, two weeks at Easter and three weeks in the summer, usually to coincide with school holidays. (Please note these are subject to change each year).

Will I be expected to travel to practice?

Yes. All practice experiences are undertaken at NHS acute and primary care trust sites, social services, and independent sector establishments across North Yorkshire. However, as numbers of practice experiences are limited, all students should expect to travel for a number of their practice experiences and should have plans in place to enable them to manage this when it occurs, for example having finances available to pay up front.

Will my practice experience include a shift pattern of work?

Nursing practice experience will be gained over the full 24 hours; you will be required to work a full pattern of shifts, including nights and weekends, early and late shifts.

Midwifery clinical practice will provide you with the opportunity to experience 24 hour, seven days a week care to develop an understanding of the needs and experiences of women and babies throughout a 24-hour period.

Contacting and visiting the Department

Do you hold Open Days?

Yes, we participate in the University Open Days and our own Departmental information afternoons.

There are usually two dates a year for University open days, and bookings can be made through the central Admission Office.

In addition, various information afternoons are organised by the Department of Health Sciences.

Can I visit the Department?

Unfortunately we do not offer meetings or tours of the Department on an individual basis. However we do run frequent information afternoons, along with University Open Days where applicants can meet the tutors and discuss any questions you may have.

The campus is also open to the public.

How can I contact the Department?

Our details can be found here: Contact us