Nursing and Midwifery undergraduate frequently asked questions

What courses are available?

For 2020 entry we will be offering Degree only programmes in Nursing and Midwifery.

We also offer the Health Foundation Year (HeFY), which is a transfer course that offers an opportunity for progression to the Nursing or Midwifery principal programme upon successful completion. It is designed for those who do not satisfy entry requirements for the principal programmes and have not studied the requisite science subjects. Applications will not be considered from those who meet the principal programme entry requirements (who have applied for direct entry) and have been unsuccessful. All HeFY applicants who are shortlisted will be invited to a selection day. For further information, please contact the Foundation Year Office or visit our Foundation Year pages.

How do I apply?

All applications must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) by 15th January 2020 for applicants wishing to enter the following September intake, or for those wishing to apply for deferred entry. Please note that for BSc(Hons) Midwifery and BSc(Hons) Child Nursing we are unable to consider late applications. We are happy to consider late applications for our Nursing/HeFY programmes though this is dependent on the remaining vacancies for each respective course. When completing the UCAS application you should apply to Keele University (K12) and indicate which course you are applying for.

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Can I re-apply?

If you were unsuccessful at interview then please take notice of any post-interview feedback. You may need to ensure that you have developed your interview and communication skills. You can re-apply the following year or consider an alternative programme. We would suggest that those re-applying review their personal statement beforehand and ensure that this is focused on their programme and career / profession.

Do you have any vacancies in Clearing?

If we have any places available then they will be put into Clearing, please check the UCAS website and Keele University main website for clearing information. Alternatively, if you have not met the academic entry criteria for your Nursing or Midwifery degree programme then you could consider applying for the Health Foundation Year which then leads onto the principal programme. Information on the Health Foundation Year can be found on our Foundation Year pages.

Can I transfer from another Nursing or Midwifery School?

Please note that students who have failed Nursing or Midwifery Degree or Diploma programmes elsewhere will not be considered. If you have had to withdraw from a previous course for personal reasons, we would be happy to consider an application. Candidates will need to apply via UCAS indicating in their personal statement that you are applying for a transfer. Your current personal tutor should act as academic referee on the UCAS form. Applicants are encouraged to meet the 15th January deadline. Late applications can only be considered if places are still available.

You will need to provide a transcript from your current UK University indicating your course progress. Applicants will also need to provide contact details of a second referee. You will also need to meet all of the usual additional entry requirements for the pre-registration programme that you wish to enter. The School will not consider applications for transfer from applicants who have had repeated failures in theory or practice.

How are Nursing and Midwifery applications assessed?

Your application will be screened by the pre-registration Admissions Office to ensure that you meet the relevant pre-registration programme entrance requirements. Your application is then assessed by our Admissions Tutor/s according to our set criteria, which is reviewed annually. If your application is not shortlisted for interview you may request (in writing) feedback from the Admissions team.

Do you offer UCAS Xtra?

For those applicants who have been unable to secure an offer of a training place you can opt for UCAS XTRA. From February to July, we notify UCAS of any programmes which have vacancies. If you meet or are on track to satisfy our entry requirements and would like to be considered, you will need to opt for XTRA as a 6th choice using UCAS TRACK. A copy of the application form will be referred to Keele University. NB if you are choosing a different programme, we would need you to send a revised, focused personal statement for the course applied for with a clear rationale for the change of direction.

Are late applications considered?

We are able to consider applications that are submitted after the 15 January deadline but some of our programmes have limited places and so all applicants are encouraged to meet the deadline where possible.

Will I be invited for a selection event?

All Nursing and Midwifery applicants who are shortlisted will be invited to a selection event. No applicant will be offered a place without being successful at a selection event prior to starting the programme.

N.B. For some programmes, due to high demand, a further sift of applications may be required to determine the final shortlist.

What is the Selection Event like?

The selection event is a half day event. You will be invited for either a morning or afternoon session. On arrival you will be met by the admissions team and current students who will be available for support throughout the day. After registration you will take part in a group activity. Individual interviews will take place. You will be interviewed by a Chairperson, a nurse lecturer (Nursing)/midwifery lecturer (Midwifery) and a clinician with experience and interest in your chosen field of nursing/midwifery (where available). The interview will last for approximately 15 minutes.

When you are invited to a selection event you will be sent an invitation email with information about where to come and what to bring with you. This email will also include a link to a literacy and numeracy test that you must complete prior to the selection event.

When are the Selection Events?

Selection events occur throughout the UCAS cycle and if you have been shortlisted then you will receive a notification through UCAS indicating the date of your selection event. Additional information will be sent to you by email. Please inform us if you are unable to attend. If a candidate is unable to make the scheduled selection event, a second date will be arranged. However, if a candidate fails to attend the second selection event no further appointments will be offered.

Where are the Selection Events held?

All pre-registration selection events are held at The School of Nursing & Midwifery, which is based in the Clinical Education Centre on the Hospital Campus. (University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust).

What are Offer Holder Days?

Keele University invites all applicants with an offer to attend one of our Offer Holder Days. This is an opportunity for you to view facilities on main campus such as accommodation, before choosing where you wish to study. The School of Nursing and Midwifery will have representatives available in the Clinical Education Centre on Offer Holder Days. These days provide that extra time to explore the main campus at Keele and the Clinical Education Centre with family and friends.

How can I find out further information?

We strongly recommend that you attend one of our open events. Bring your friends and family.
Please note: Car Parking fees apply at the Clinical Education Centre.

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