Paramedic Science

Your Paramedic interview will take place online through Microsoft Teams. As your interview is online, we highly recommend visiting us at an Open Day, Taster Day or Applicant Day to get to know the University.

At the beginning of your individual interview, we’ll ask you to show valid photo ID to verify who you are. We won’t ask to see qualifications at this stage.

Please note your interview may be recorded.

Below, you'll find some helpful information about your interview and some of the things we'll be discussing. Do take a look before your interview.

Come prepared

You can prepare by researching the role of the Paramedic (nationally and internationally). We'll be interested to hear why you want to join the profession and what your career aspirations are.

The NHS will support your placements and is likely to be your first employer. Think carefully about how you can evidence the NHS Constitution, in particular, the 6Cs.

The Health and Care Professions Council regulates the Paramedic profession, so take a look at their website for useful information on 'professionalism'. Other publications to consider include the PEEP report, the Francis report, and publications from the College of Paramedics, such as the Career Framework and the evolving role of paramedics in the wider care system.

Teams interview

  • Prior to the interview, you’ll be given a task, where you’ll be asked to prepare a short verbal presentation. You won't be required to use any presentation software, and you can refer to any notes you have prepared.
  • You’ll be allocated a 30-minute timeslot.
  • We’ll send you a link to access the interview on Teams.
  • Please ensure you are at a device with a camera (ability to share screen will be needed for your presentation) and a microphone with a reliable internet connection. We recommend accessing the interview from a laptop rather than a mobile phone or tablet if you can.
  • This is an interview for a professional course leading to a professional qualification. Please dress and conduct yourself in a professional way.
  • Have your ID ready for verification checks. This can be a passport, driving licence, or ID badge from your current employer or college.

Please note: A camera, a microphone and valid photo ID are required. If you don’t have access to these, we may have to reschedule your interview. You’ll not be penalised for any technology failing.

Interview format

This is a panel interview and it will have two parts to it:

Situation Judgement Assessment: Prior to the interview we’ll set up a pre-interview task. Please note you’ll need to access this via your e:vision portal.

The task will consist of a hypothetical scenario where you’ll need to develop a plan and verbally present your answer to the panel at the start of your interview.

  • Your goal is to prioritise the tasks in the scenario in the order you believe they should be addressed.
  • This is a verbal presentation and you’ll have one minute to provide your response. No presentation software is needed.
  • We are looking for your ability to make logical decisions. 
  • Your answer should reflect your judgement and critical thinking skills.

Individual questions: We’ll be interested in your knowledge of the role of the Paramedic, your communication skills, and your values as well as your understanding of the requirements and responsibility of the course. This includes your commitments to travel to and from placement.

  • We are looking for your understanding of the role of the Paramedic, course commitments, (placement, travel), NHS Constitution, resilience and transferable skills.
  • We are interested in your approach to your answers, interpersonal communication skills as well as your values.

What happens next?

You’ll be notified via UCAS of the outcome of your interview within one working week.

What next if I am offered a place?

  • Accept your offer via UCAS Hub
  • Arrange your accommodation
  • Complete your DBS and Occupational Health information
  • Notify the Admissions team of any changes to your circumstances.

What next if I am unsuccessful at interview?

  • Please consider the areas which need improvement and ask for written feedback to prepare for future interviews
  • We are happy to accept applications for next academic year
  • You may be offered a place on another course, in which case, follow the instructions above.

Above all, you need to be certain that this is the profession you want to join. Consider visiting us at an Open Day, if you haven't already. Then commit yourself to learning as much as you can before your interview day.