Prospective Nursing Students


Welcome to Swansea University's website for Prospective Nursing Students.

This site is dedicated to our pre registration nursing programme for Child, Adult and Mental Health nursing. The programme is newly designed to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 2010 standards for nurse education. Its a dynamic programme that offers our students a wide range of opportunities to experience nursing at local and international level. We believe that nursing is both a challenging and rewarding career and we look for students who share our aspirations to make real differences to peoples lives.  

Feel free to browse through the information and find out what we have to offer.

Selection process

What goes on during the session

Your invite to interview email will explain the date, time and venue for your selection event. The email will normally ask you to bring along certain documents, these are necessary to determine your academic qualifications and necessary vetting procedures.

The selection session will normally take half a day and will consist of meeting with admission tutors, participating in group work and undertaking some individual tasks.

The College works closely with colleagues from clinical practice and also members of the local community who have a vested interest in nurse education. Please do not be alarmed if you are spoken to by a variety of lecturers, nurses and lay people; this is quite normal and is part of selecting our future students.

The College is continuously developing the structure of the selection day to ensure that candidates have ample opportunity to demonstrate their skills and experience. There may be a slight variation in selection styles on the day than explained here, but the emphasis on selecting candidates with good people skills remains the same.

After the event you will be free to leave. Please make sure you have been handed back all your documents before you leave.


How am I assessed?

The selection process will consist of a series of activities. Expect to work alongside other candidates in a series of tasks and also perform some individual assessments. These tasks are designed to stimulate debate about current healthcare issues and to allow you to demonstrate your potential to be a student nurse.

The aim of the selection process is to ascertain your:

  • compatability to healthcare values
  • awareness of your chosen programme and its demands
  • verbal and non verbal communication skills
  • motivation for a career in nursing
  • awareness of current issues in health

Subject to availability each group of candidates will be supported by two members of the selection team who may be nurse lecturers, senior clinical staff or members of our Service User panel. 

Please be assured that assessors are not trying to catch you out; if you do not understand any of the instructions 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. During 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.

The College aims to enhance the quality of your experience through the provision of a bilingual environment.  If you would like your assessments to be conducted in Welsh you should inform us as soon as possible prior to your date in order that appropriate arrangements can be made.

If you have any special needs for the selection day then you may wish to inform the College as soon as possible prior to your date 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.

Format of session

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Group task
  • General discussion with college team
  • Individual tasks
  • Close

Value Based Assessments

The professional body for nursing (Nursing and Midwifery Council) require that every student has been assessed as suitable for nursing before they commence their education. Each University has their own interpretation of how this assessment should be conducted, and you may in your research have come across a wide variety of procedures; such as numeracy tests, writing essays or having individual interviews.

At Swansea we have moved to a system that assesses your attitude and behaviour towards people and healthcare. Using a panel of experts and reviewing government policies we have identified a group of values that are expected from nurses and nursing students. It is these values that underpin our assessment strategy. These values are

  • Compassion
  • Respect
  • Dignity
  • Empathy
  • Communication
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Commitment

We also expect candidates to demonstrate skills in teamwork, problem solving and decision making.

Our assessments therefore will include these values and you are expected to demonstrate a positive attitude towards healthcare and behave in a way that identifies your caring nature towards others.  


How we make our decisions



The College receives many more applications that places available and follows a strict selection process to ensure all candidates are treated fairly. All applications received by 15th January are given equal consideration.

Field of Nursing

Number of applicants

Number of applications interviewed

Number of places available (September)

Number of places available (March)






Mental Health










Example of 2013 application profile.


Your UCAS application is reviewed by the admissions tutor for your chosen field. Attention is given to your academic profile and the potential for you to meet the minimum entry criteria.

Your personal statement is scored against your ability to

  • Display knowledge of your chosen field
  • Recognise the importance of healthcare values
  • Match your life skills to your chosen field
  • Demonstrate rationale of choice and preparation for your chosen field
  • The structure and development of the statement

Candidates who receive a sufficient score are invited to a selection event. Those who are unsuccessful are informed via UCAS and can request feedback.

Selection Events

During the selection event you are observed and assessed by several members of the team including Nurse Lecturers, Service Users and Practitioners. You receive a score for each of the tasks undertaken (see ‘How am I assessed’).

Offers are made using the total score for all of the assessments. Should further deliberation be required the following aspects are considered

  • Personal statement score
  • Character reference score

A threshold score is calculated to support the decision on making offers. This score is decided against the quality of the applicants for the current cycle and may vary between fields.

Conditions of Offer

NHS Funded Places

All Nursing and Midwifery programmes in Wales have a limited allocation of NHS funded places.  Therefore, the availability of  NHS funding for the educational fees will be a condition of the offer. The College is unable to recruit additional students on a non-funded basis other than pre arranged contractual agreements.

Please be aware than the Welsh Government has made changes to the bursary provision from September 2012 onwards. Information regarding these changes can be obtained from the WEDS website

Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, any offer of a place is provisional subject to the College being able to provide reasonable support under the Equality Act (2010) and the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Act (2001). Additional information maybe required from the candidate as to the level of support needed; this information is kept confidential and is reviewed by the Fitness to Practise panel. You do not need to discuss these issues at time of interview. Dyslexia is not routinely reviewed at the Fitness to Practise panel and is not normally considered as part of the offer. However we are unable to offer clinical and academic support to students who do not have an educational psychologists report; should you have dyslexia and wish for support it is advisable to have a report available for our team to plan the appropriate assistance.

Occupational Health Assessment

If you are offered a place you will be asked to complete a confidential health questionnaire prior to enrolment. This will be conducted independently by the Occupational Health Care team. There are three possible outcomes:

  • You meet the health requirements and are accepted onto the course;
  • The health questionnaire highlights a few issues and the Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner contacts you to discuss them. Reasonable adjustments which would enable you to complete the course might also be discussed at this stage.
  • You may be invited to have a more in-depth occupational health assessment, possibly involving a medical examination, to determine whether you are fit to practise.

Please be aware that the health questionnaire requires verification by your GP who may charge for this service.

All students must complete this process and be declared fit before commencing their programme of study. Candidates need to be aware that they are required to comply with both the vaccination and latex policies.

Good character statements

1. Disclosure and barring checks

If you accept an offer you will be required to complete an Enhanced DBS disclosure which will cost you £44. A satisfactory record is a condition of any offer and while the College will arrange your application you may wish to know more about the DBS.

If you have a conviction, caution or reprimand your case will be considered by the College’s Fitness to Practise panel. Again such consideration is in the strictest of confidence.  If you fail to tell the University about a conviction or caution which the enhanced DBS check subsequently brings to light, you may not be able to enrol or may be withdrawn from the Programme. If you receive a caution and conviction in the interim between making your application and your interview you are strongly advised to contact the College.

If you are concerned about your DBS check you are advised to contact Dr Jayne Cutter, Head of the Department of Nursing, on 01792  513521 rather than other agencies (e.g. solicitors) to discuss your concern.  Please be assured that information is dealt with in the strictest confidence. 

2. References

All applicants are required to provide two references. One reference should normally be an academic reference, for example from your teacher or college tutor (this is usually supplied on your UCAS application form). The second reference will normally be determined by the admissions tutor. It is customary for the second reference to be a character reference from an employer or from where you have gained care experience. Advice on who is an appropriate referee is given at the time of the request. It is important that you make sure you have selected the right referee as family members, friends or family friends are not accepted. It is courteous to ask the permission from your referee prior to offering their details. 

More about our selection events

Applied to Carmarthen Campus

For Adult Nursing candidates who have applied for B740 Nursing, consideration of your application will be made by our Carmarthen Admission Tutors.  If invited to the selection event you attend our  St David Campus in Carmarthen and any offer would be made for our St. David's Campus.


How to find us

Candidates attending St. David’s Park campus will find that there is ample free parking on site. Information of how to find us is available on the 'our location' page.

How to get to Swansea campus

Candidates travelling to the Singleton campus will find that parking on campus is restricted and that spaces in the visitors’ car park fill up quickly. A less stressful option is to park in the Recreational Ground council car park which accommodates university students. The typical fee is £3.50 per day (for driver only or £3.00 for driver and passenger). Directions to the Swansea University campus, from all directions, can be found here


Things to bring with you

We need to see certain documents on the day to ensure that all the information we have about you is correct and that you are eligible to start the course should we make an offer.

Please bring with you the ORIGINAL and a COPY of the following documents (as relevant to you). The original will be checked and handed back to you and we will keep the copy for your file.

  • All the certfifcates of the educational qualifications you mention on your UCAS form
  • Documents that support your DBS application. Although you do not apply for your DBS check at this point we do need to see the originals and copies of any documents you use to support your DBS application. We ask for these now to prevent a delay or transit issues that may occur in posting them later. You have a choice of which documents to provide as evidence and the DBS guide offers more advice on this.


Declaration form

As you will be working towards a professional qualification you will be required to spend time with children and vulnerable adults and work with many public and private organisations. As such it is necessary for you to understand the additional expectations, health and safety regulations and workplace requirements which you must abide by in order to gain your professional registration.

The College needs to be sure that you have had this information prior to commencing the programme and that you have had opportunity to discuss any worries or concerns. It is also part of the selection process that you have an awareness of the demands of our nursing programme.

Please will you print, sign and bring along to the selection event this declaration form. The form is not part of the interview or the selection process; we need it to know that you have had access to important information and have had the opportunity to discuss any of the content of this site.    Declaration




Making your decision.

Outcome of interview day

You will be informed of the outcome of your interview as follows:

  • UCAS applicants – via UCAS
  • Direct applicants – via the University

Except for late applicants, the College will follow the UCAS timescales for making decisions. You will normally be told at the selection event when decisions for your course will be made.

Making your decision

If applying through UCAS you will be required to make your decision within a set time limit. It is recommended that if you have applied for numerous courses that you await the decisions of all of these before making your decision. This way you know what all your options are.

If you are offered a place as a direct applicant your response must normally be submitted in writing to the College within three weeks of the date of the offer letter. If a written response is not received within this time the offer of a place will normally be declined by default.

Deferring your place

None of our programmes allow candidates to defer their place to a later date. Should you feel that you have extenuating reasons then consideration will be given to the reason for the request, length of deferral and individual circumstances. Please contact your relevant admissions tutor for more advice.

You need to be aware that should a deferral be granted, conditions will apply, examples of conditions include;

  • Attending an informal interview with the admissions tutor prior to commencement to ensure that any changes to your circumstances will not prevent enrolment. 
  • Keeping the College informed of changes to contact details.
  • To update the ‘conditions of offer’ below.
  • Meeting any new regulatory or government criteria

Please be aware that any additional expense such as re-application to the DBS, will need to be met by yourself.