Professional course university application process

Applying to university is the first step in your higher education journey and may seem like a daunting prospect, so we've collated resources to help you make your application successfully.

Our Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care offers a wide range of courses and the application process varies depending on the subjects you're interested in.

The application process for studying an undergraduate Medicine degree is unique; please visit our dedicated medicine pages for more information.

The initial application process

Our ‘Complete Guide to University’ pages will give you tips on how to choose your university and course, how to apply and when the key deadlines are and how to write your personal statement.

Interviews for professional courses

While some applicants will only need to complete the above steps, those applying for a professional course at ARU will be asked to attend an interview. Interviews take place for the following undergraduate degree courses: Nursing, Midwifery, Medicine, Operating Department Practice, Paramedic Science and Social Work.

If you’ve applied for one of these courses, we’ll need you to undertake an interview before any offer can be made. We’ll be in touch with you, shortly after you submit an application, and let you know if you have been selected for interview, which you will book through our Applicant Portal.

At ARU, we strive to select students who are talented, intelligent, caring and have a strong desire to care for others. Our University recruitment processes are based on these core values and aim to identify those with the empathy, honesty and integrity needed to enter a caring profession. This is in line with expectations from our partners (the NMC, HCPC, Social Work England and the GMC) and official texts such as the NHS Constitution.

Find out more about the interview process for each of our courses:


Operating Department Practice

Paramedic Science



Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy

Social Work

Physician Associate