We are committed to widening access to our healthcare and clinical courses. We do this by providing contextual offers to students from a diverse range of experiences, backgrounds, and locations. Our commitment to widening access stems from an understanding that having diverse clinicians delivering clinical care improves patient experiences. Our approach ensures that our graduates, whether from a diverse background or from studying amongst a diverse cohort, are better prepared and able to understand and empathise with the patients that present to them.
Improving access to Healthcare Careers
Put simply, a contextual offer is an offer where we take into account a variety of factors that may have had an effect on educational attainment which would, in turn, prevent an applicant from accessing higher education. We therefore use additional information, alongside our admissions process, to give us a greater understanding of candidates who make an application to study with us.
For our healthcare courses, contextual admissions mean we will have a lower admissions threshold and provide a variety of support for applicants from under-represented backgrounds.
Advice for Candidates
What we are looking for - Personal Statement
The purpose of your personal statement is your first opportunity to tell us why you want to study your chosen course and what motivates you to pursue your chosen clinical career.
Your personal statement will be unique to you covering your experiences and underlining the things that drive you, however our admissions team will be looking for the following:
- Something about you, your personal story
- Aspects of the course which are attractive to you
- Your motivation to study your chosen course
- Your understanding of the career role you are applying to join
- The personal qualities, skills and experience which demonstrates you are suited to the study and the career
- Your Academic Potential
Your personal statement should reflect and be specific to the course you are applying for. Applicants are strongly advised to avoid generic healthcare personal statements (i.e. a personal statement for nursing and paramedic science). If you are applying to more than one healthcare course with us please submit a specific personal statement for each course, one via UCAS and the rest by emailing admissions a paper copy of your personal statement.
What we are looking for - Interview
The aim of the interview process is to ascertain your suitability for the course, we look for a number of qualities which will help you succeed on your chosen course and have a successful and rewarding career in healthcare.
The aim of the interview process is to ascertain your:
- academic potential
- awareness of your chosen programme and its demands
- communication skills: verbal and non-verbal
- motivation for a career in your intended health profession
- awareness of current issues in health
- personal integrity- honesty, trustworthiness, reliability, punctuality
- caring attitude in dealing with the public
Please be assured that interviewers are not trying to catch you out; if you do not understand any of the questions just ask for them to be repeated. This is an opportunity for us to find out about you and for you to find out about us. At the end of the selection process you will be given the chance to ask any questions you may have. You are most welcome to prepare these in advance and write them down.
What to expect - Our Interview Process
All interviews will be held remotely online by an interview panel consisting of lecturer, clinical professional and service user (lay interviewer). You will receive an invite to interview by email, this will outline the date and time of your interview and contain your unique link to access the interview online.
The interview will last approximately 30minutes, and we ask that all interviewees bring an official proof of ID such as passport or driving licence.
Prior to interview you may be asked to provide a number of scanned copies of documents such as examination certificates, please provide these promptly and return them via email.
Welsh Medium Interviews
If you would like to conduct your interview through the medium of Welsh please contact the admissions team via email. Please note all interviewees are treated equally and there is no inherent advantage or disadvantage in the language you choose to conduct your interview in. We want all candidates to be able to express themselves in the language they are most comfortable, whether Welsh or English, in order to perform best at interview.
If you have any special needs for the interview day then you may wish to contact admissions by email as soon as possible prior to your interview in order that appropriate arrangements can be made. We are happy to support any reasonable request but may find this difficult to accommodate on the day without prior notice.
Doctors for Wales
Doctors for Wales is our strategy to develop and be "A Medical School for all of Wales." A core aim of this strategy is to meet the workforce demands of Wales through working with our partners in NHS Wales, Welsh Government, and Health Education Improvement Wales (HEIW).Visit Doctors for Wales
Health Care Circles
Health Care Circles is a mentoring programme to support graduate, undergraduate and A Levels students across Wales who wish to apply for our Graduate Entry Medicine course, established in collaboration with Medical School Councils UK and the Reaching Wider Partnership.Visit Health Care Circles