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Applicant Interviews

Due to level of competition for entry into undergraduate study, some courses use applicant interviews as part of the recruitment process.

Applicant interviews help our academic and admissions staff to assess your personal attributes as well as your academic qualifications.

Will I need to complete an applicant interview?

The following courses require you to complete an applicant interviews:

School of Education and Social Sciences

  • BA Education
  • BA Childhood Studies
  • All PGDE programmes, Primary and Secondary

School of Health and Life Sciences

  • BA Adult Nursing
  • BA Mental Health Nursing
  • BA Midwifery
  • Occupational Safety & Health (Year 2 and 3)

School of Business and Creative Industries

  • BA Broadcast Production: TV & Radio (Year 2 and 3)
  • BA Commercial Music
  • BA Commercial Music (Year 3)
  • BA Commercial Sound Production
  • BA New Media Art
  • BA Journalism
  • BA Performance

School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences

  • BSc Music Technology (Year 2 interview, Year 3 portfolio submission)

You will receive information about your applicant interview as part of the applications process.

Preparing for your applicant interview

Due to the numbers of prospective students applying for each course, applicant interviews tend to be relatively brief. To give yourself the best chance of success at interview you should spend time preparing to present all of your achievements and experiences clearly and succinctly.

The applicant interview is designed to assess the strengths and motivations of prospective students. During the interview you may be asked to:

  • Explain your reasons for choosing this course and how it fits with your career aspirations
  • Discuss your strengths and weaknesses, and what you feel you would bring to the course you’ve applied for
  • Outline any practical or work experience you might have completed, and what this has taught you · highlight outstanding academic achievements
  • Chat about any issues or concerns you might have about the transition to University

You will also have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of your session.

If you have applied for accelerated entry into year 2 and year 3 of this programme, you will be considered for both at the one interview.

If you have applied for more than one course you may be invited to separate interviews.

What happens next?

If you are successful in your interview, you will receive either a conditional or unconditional offer of study through UCAS.

If you receive an unconditional offer this means you have satisfied all academic elements of the applications process and once you have accepted the offer you will be ready to start at UWS.

If you receive a conditional offer, this means you will need to obtain additional qualifications which will be set out in the offer.

UWS Admissions Policy

The UWS Admissions Policy has been developed to provide transparency in the admissions processes and practices of University of the West of Scotland, ensuring that a quality service is given to all applicants.

Our priority for admissions is to match prospective students with the programme of study that best meets their needs, whilst ensuring that our institutional strategic objectives are met. We are committed to ensuring that our approach to the admissions of students is transparent, fair, honest, consistent, accessible, personalised and timely.

Download the UWS Admissions Policy

Last updated: 07/08/2017