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Essential preparation for your interview: MBChB Medicine with Foundation Year

This page gives you all the essential preparation information you need for your interview within the Medical School. It is essential that you read all of the sections carefully.

Important information

  • You should now have received an email inviting you to an in-person interview. UCAS will show the date and time of your interview. If you think you have not received this information, please email the Admissions Team [email protected].
  • You need to confirm that you will attend your interview via UCAS Hub
  • We ask that you do not share interview questions with colleagues and other prospective applicants. Please note that anyone found to have revealed interview questions to others, including through social media, will have any offer of a place withdrawn, or lead to your exclusion after the Programme has commenced.

Structure of the day

You should allow approximately 3 hours for the process.

Below is the general programme for the day:

  • Arrival – please report to the University’s Main Reception. This is building 1 on our Campus map. From here you will be directed to the registration point where you will be signed in and your qualifications will be checked.
  • Your photograph will also be taken and passed to the interview team so that they are able to check the person that has been signed in is the same person that enters the interview.
  • Introduction and overview of the programme
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIS)
  • Candidate evaluation of the day
  • Student-led campus tours

Family and friends are welcome to accompany candidates for the introductory session and the campus tour. A designated waiting area will be provided.

Essential preparation

Before your interview, it is essential that you have:

  • read all the information on this page and made note of the items you need to bring with you to the interview and any questions that you may want to ask.
  • familiarised yourself with the NHS core values.
  • completed the online Non-Disclosure Agreement form.  Please note that you will be unable to proceed with your interview unless this has been completed and submitted to us.

Interview format

Interviews will take the format of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs).

The aim of the interview process is to explore non-academic skills and personal attributes as well as to encourage you to talk naturally about yourself, your studies and your experiences. You will also need to demonstrate that you have the interpersonal skills to be able to communicate effectively and have the core attributes important for a Medical career.

The interview itself is a formal but friendly process and is based at the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre on the Edge Hill University campus, near Ormskirk. During the process there will be a total of 8 interview stations (plus 2 rest stations), as above, with each station being 7 minutes in duration.

You will have a total of 2 minutes to read and digest the presented scenario immediately before each MMI station. The station at which you start will be selected at random, and at each station, you will discuss a scenario or perform a task. You will then rotate to the next station in the sequence using a 1-minute gap. As such, each station will take 10 minutes in total.

At the end of each station the interviewer(s) will assess your performance and give you a score. The interviewers will not be aware of scores from the other stations. Scores will be collected at the end of the day and reviewed once all interviews have been concluded. Participants will be ranked according to their performance across all stations.

What we are looking for

During the interview process we will assess you on a range of attributes and motivations. This could include:

  • motivation for wanting to join the Medicine programme at Edge Hill University
  • verbal communication skills
  • integrity/probity
  • teamwork/leadership
  • empathy and compassion
  • awareness of current health challenges
  • ethical awareness
  • awareness of self and others
  • prioritisation/decision making
  • interpretation of data.

What to bring with you

There are various documents/items you will need to bring with you on the day:

Original Certificates

  • A Levels or equivalent
  • GCSE qualifications – particularly in English Language, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry.

Photocopies of certificates

To ensure we check you in for your interview quickly please bring photocopies of the qualifications listed above, as well as your original certificates. Please note that it will not be possible for us to photocopy these for you on the day. Please note:

  • If you have changed your name since the certificates were issued, please provide evidence of your name change for example, marriage certificates, change of name deed poll.
  • If you do not bring your certificates on the day and are successful following your Interview, we will withhold the offer until we have verification of your original certificates.

Photographic ID

Please bring with you your original photographic ID (i.e. current valid passport or photo-card driving licence). Your ID will be checked prior to commencing the MMIs. You will be unable to proceed to interview without this.

If you have any questions about your ID please contact our Admissions Team on 01695 650950 prior to your interview.

For your interview

Please bring a pen and paper with you to make notes throughout the day.

Parking Notice

If you are travelling to your interview by car and are intending to park on campus, please display this Parking Notice. Please note, this notice will allow you to park on campus if space is available. Our car parks can be busy at times, so please allow plenty of time for your journey.

Additional Requirements

If you normally have extra time or have any special requirements that you feel would need reasonable adjustments to be made for your interview, please email [email protected]. by Friday 2 December 2022. If you are undergoing or awaiting results of a recent assessment of your learning needs, please also e-mail us.

What happens after the interview?

The interviewers will assess your performance for each question, and the results will be collated. We are carrying out interviews until the end of January and therefore you will not receive our decision until all interviews are completed and have been reviewed and ranked.

All offers of a place on the programme are conditional upon the achievement of the appropriate academic qualifications (if you have not already satisfied our academic requirements for entry), completion of health screening, fitness to practice clearance and an enhanced DBS check within the specified timeframes. If you are made an offer for the programme we will contact you with a full list of requirements separately.

Any questions?

We look forward to meeting you for your interview.

If you have any questions or special requirements that you would like to discuss with us prior to your interview you can contact us.