After an introduction and a “setting the scene” session, you will be asked to sit a written assessment of 30 minutes duration. This is not designed to assess your academic ability, but to try and identify those applicants whose personal and academic qualities are suitable to a career in medicine.
Following the written assessment, you will have a tour of the university. You will learn more about the course and see life here at Swansea through the eyes of a medical student. It is not just about Swansea deciding if you are right for our course, but also the opportunity for you to see if Swansea is right for YOU.
After lunch, you will then be invited to attend two separate interviews, each of 20 minutes duration, conducted by a pair of trained interviewers taken from our highly trained panel of doctors, academics, students and members of the public (lay) interviewers. Your personal statement will be considered and discussed during your interview.
The interview process is designed to take account of the personal and academic qualities needed as a doctor, as set out in ‘Good Medical Practice’, and the capacity to meet the outcomes of ‘Tomorrows Doctors’. In summary these are:
- Communication Skills
- Problem solving skills
- Coping with pressure
- Insight and Integrity
- Passion for medicine/resilience to succeed
Once the interviews are completed, we will assess the overall performance of each candidate. Due to the very competitive nature of the selection process, it is only those candidates who score highest who will be offered a place at Swansea. Formal offers will be made from March 2016 onwards.