Selection processes

Depending on the course you have applied for, we might invite you to an interview or to submit a portfolio before we decide whether to offer you a place.

Select your subject area below to find out everything you need to know to prepare for your interview, or develop your portfolio.

Degrees in Education and Teaching

Maths with QTS

All applicants are required to attend an interview.

Interviews typically take place between February and June, according to when you apply. The interview process will assess your suitability for a career in teaching.

The day will consist of a:
  • literacy task that will show if you can use English to a satisfactory level - we give extra time to those declaring a disability such as dyslexia
  • group interview with other applicants - this is to assess your oral and presentational skills, personal qualities and how you respond to the group interview situation
  • discussion of a pre-prepared task.

Further details will be sent to you in advance of the interview.

Maths with QTS FdYr

All applicants are required to attend an interview.

Interviews typically take place between February and June, according to when you apply. The interview process will assess your suitability for a career in teaching.

The day will consist of a:
  • literacy task that will show if you can use English to a satisfactory level - we give extra time to those declaring a disability such as dyslexia
  • group interview with other applicants - this is to assess your oral and presentational skills, personal qualities and how you respond to the group interview situation
  • discussion of a pre-prepared task.

Further details will be sent to you in advance of the interview.

BA Primary Education (ITE)

As part of the selection process, applicants will be invited to an interview designed to assess professional suitability for a career in teaching.

On the interview day applicants will be given a literacy and numeracy task to identify any support needs in these areas prior to entry.

Further details will be provided to applicants in advance of the interview.

Degrees in Art

BA Drawing and Print

Applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course.

For guidance on what to include in your portfolio, watch our portfolio advice video. For Drawing and Print, we will be looking for:

  • a range of self-initiated and project work
  • images from notebooks / sketch books / research material
  • a recent essay or short piece of writing.

Further details will be provided on receipt of your application. Application outcomes will be decided primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios.

Shortlisted applicants will normally be invited to attend an interview where they will be required to discuss their creative work and demonstrate a good practical ability in and understanding of their chosen field.

The interview will provide applicants with an opportunity to demonstrate their:

  • communication, interaction and analytical skills
  • critical engagement with the discipline/profession/programme area
  • interest and motivation to study.

Interviews for Drawing and Print are typically held between November and March, depending on when you apply. Further details will be provided to shortlisted applicants in advance of the interview.

BA Fine Art

Applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course.

For guidance on what to include in your portfolio, watch our portfolio advice video. For Fine Art, we will be looking for:

  • a range of self-initiated and project work
  • images from notebooks / sketch books / research material
  • a recent essay or short piece of writing.

Further details will be provided on receipt of your application.

Application outcomes will be decided primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios.

Shortlisted applicants will normally be invited to attend an interview where they will be required to discuss their creative work and demonstrate a good practical ability in and understanding of their chosen field.

The interview will provide applicants with an opportunity to demonstrate their:

  • communication, interaction and analytical skills
  • critical engagement with the discipline/profession/programme area
  • interest and motivation to study.

Interviews for Fine Art are typically held between November and April, depending on when you apply. Further details will be provided to shortlisted applicants in advance of the interview.

BA Illustration

Applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course.

For guidance on what to include in your portfolio, watch our portfolio advice video. For Illustration, we will be looking for:

  • an innovative approach to image making
  • a good level of drawing skills e.g. life drawing/observational drawing
  • evidence of visual thinking and engagement with concepts
  • experimentation with digital and analogue (handmade) processes
  • an individualistic and curious approach to image making.

Further details will be provided on receipt of your application.

Application outcomes will be decided primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview where they will be required to discuss their creative work and demonstrate a good practical ability in and understanding of their chosen field. The interview will provide applicants with an opportunity to demonstrate their:

  • communication, interaction and analytical skills
  • critical engagement with the discipline/profession/programme area
  • interest and motivation to study.

Interviews for Illustration typically take place in February. Further details will be provided to shortlisted applicants in advance of the interview.

Degrees in Design

BA Graphic Design

Applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course.

For guidance on what to include in your portfolio, watch our portfolio advice video. For Graphic Design, we will be looking for:

  • portfolio work: a range of art and design projects that you have completed recently. We are keen to see your drawing and creative work across a range of disciplines and media.
  • supporting work: sketchbook images, rough work and developmental work.
  • written work: a contextual or theoretical essay or report.

Further details will be provided on receipt of your application.

Application outcomes will be decided primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview where they will be required to discuss their creative work and demonstrate a good practical ability in and understanding of their chosen field.

The interview will provide applicants with an opportunity to demonstrate their:

  • communication, interaction and analytical skills
  • critical engagement with the discipline/profession/programme area
  • interest and motivation to study.

Interviews for Graphic Design are typically held between January and March, depending on when you apply. Further details will be provided to shortlisted applicants in advance of the interview.

BA Interior Design

Applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course.

For guidance on what to include in your portfolio, watch our portfolio advice video. For Interior Design, we will be looking for:

  • a range of self-initiated and project work including examples of any 2D works (drawings, paintings, photography etc) - you may also wish to include photographic documentation of any 3D works (sculptures, models, objects etc)
  • images from notebooks/sketch books/research material
  • a recent essay or short piece of writing.

Further details will be provided on receipt of your application.

Application outcomes will be decided primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview where they will be required to discuss their creative work and demonstrate a good practical ability in and understanding of their chosen field.

The interview will provide applicants with an opportunity to demonstrate their:

  • communication, interaction and analytical skills
  • critical engagement with the discipline/profession/programme area interest and motivation to study.
Interviews for Interior Design are typically held between January and April, depending on when you apply. Further details will be provided to shortlisted applicants in advance of the interview.

BA Product Design

Advice on submitting a portfolio

Applicants who do not meet our standard entry requirements may be asked to provide a 10-20 page online portfolio of their design work. Once we have received the links (URLs) to your portfolio, Product Design lecturers will review your application and portfolio.

We may also ask applicants for a telephone interview, to discuss their applications and portfolios in more detail.

What to include in your portfolio

Your portfolio should be a selection of your artwork, drawings, sketchbook pages, photographs, models, design work, etc. that reflect the range of your abilities, your creative process, and your interest in the course that you have applied for. Your portfolio should include finished work, and also work in progress to show your working process, such as sketchbook work or development sheets. It should include an introduction or cover page. Then the first project should be your best or most recent work. It should definitely include hand drawing; both observational and ideation sketching. You can include you course work, sketchbooks, photographs, drawings, paintings, models, prototypes, sculptures, digital artwork, websites, links to videos anything that supports your application.

Your portfolio is likely to be made up predominately of the Art or Product Design projects you have undertaken on your current or most recent course of study. We are also very interested in seeing projects, interests and passions outside of your school work. It should visually communicate who you are, show what excites and interests you, what you consider to be good design, and why. Staff are interested to see how your ideas and development work, these show how you think, much more than just the finished design. If you feel you need some extra content, you could set yourself a one-hour design challenge.

In general a portfolio is about visual communication rather than written communication. Try to minimise writing; where necessary add a title, and a few sentences for each image, explaining the project to a viewer. Presentation is very important, a portfolio should be well organised, clear and well presented. It should showcase approximately 10-15 projects spread over 15-20 pages (equivalent to A3 or larger pages).

Your portfolio should show a high level of commitment to your studies and evidence of fundamental design skills. We are looking for enthusiasm for your chosen subject, strong visual communication skills, evidence of problem-solving, clear working procedures showing the development of your ideas, experience in a range of different media and materials - 2D and 3D, and an awareness of contemporary designers and the history of design.

For more advice and examples, ask your current teacher or lecturer for assistance and web search keywords such as 'Product Design portfolios' 'Industrial Design portfolios' or 'how to make a product design portfolio'. Please don't feel intimidated by the high levels of skill and design ability shown in professional portfolios online, we don't expect applicants to match professionals as that's what you come to university to learn. It takes a lot of time to prepare a good design portfolio and making one is a great learning opportunity; it showcases your ability and is very rewarding.

Further details will be sent to you in advance of the interview.

BA Product Design Technology

Advice on submitting a portfolio

Applicants who do not meet our standard entry requirements may be asked to provide a 10-20 page online portfolio of their design work. Once we have received the links (URLs) to your portfolio, Product Design lecturers will review your application and portfolio.

We may also ask applicants for a telephone interview, to discuss their applications and portfolios in more detail.

What to include in your portfolio

Your portfolio should be a selection of your artwork, drawings, sketchbook pages, photographs, models, design work, etc. that reflect the range of your abilities, your creative process, and your interest in the course that you have applied for. Your portfolio should include finished work, and also work in progress to show your working process, such as sketchbook work or development sheets. It should include an introduction or cover page. Then the first project should be your best or most recent work. It should definitely include hand drawing; both observational and ideation sketching. You can include you course work, sketchbooks, photographs, drawings, paintings, models, prototypes, sculptures, digital artwork, websites, links to videos anything that supports your application.

Your portfolio is likely to be made up predominately of the Art or Product Design projects you have undertaken on your current or most recent course of study. We are also very interested in seeing projects, interests and passions outside of your school work. It should visually communicate who you are, show what excites and interests you, what you consider to be good design, and why. Staff are interested to see how your ideas and development work, these show how you think, much more than just the finished design. If you feel you need some extra content, you could set yourself a one-hour design challenge.

In general a portfolio is about visual communication rather than written communication. Try to minimise writing; where necessary add a title, and a few sentences for each image, explaining the project to a viewer. Presentation is very important, a portfolio should be well organised, clear and well presented. It should showcase approximately 10-15 projects spread over 15-20 pages (equivalent to A3 or larger pages).

Your portfolio should show a high level of commitment to your studies and evidence of fundamental design skills. We are looking for enthusiasm for your chosen subject, strong visual communication skills, evidence of problem-solving, clear working procedures showing the development of your ideas, experience in a range of different media and materials - 2D and 3D, and an awareness of contemporary designers and the history of design.

For more advice and examples, ask your current teacher or lecturer for assistance and web search keywords such as 'Product Design portfolios' 'Industrial Design portfolios' or 'how to make a product design portfolio'. Please don't feel intimidated by the high levels of skill and design ability shown in professional portfolios online, we don't expect applicants to match professionals as that's what you come to university to learn. It takes a lot of time to prepare a good design portfolio and making one is a great learning opportunity; it showcases your ability and is very rewarding.

Further details will be sent to you in advance of the interview.

Degrees in Drama, Acting and Music

BA Drama

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and workshop.

The selection session will provide applicants with an opportunity to demonstrate their:

  • communication, interaction and analytical skills
  • critical engagement with the discipline/profession/programme area
  • interest and motivation to study.

Interviews for Drama are typically held between November and March, depending on when you apply. Further details will be provided to applicants in advance of the interview.

BA Drama and Acting

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and workshop.

The selection session will provide applicants with an opportunity to demonstrate their:

  • communication, interaction and analytical skills
  • critical engagement with the discipline/profession/programme area
  • interest and motivation to study.

Interviews for Drama and Acting are typically held between November and March, depending on when you apply. Further details will be provided to applicants in advance of the interview.

BSc Creative Music Technology

Applicants will be invited an audition via Skype.

The audition will be with the Programme Leader and will last about 20 minutes. It will consist of the following activities that are designed to enable you to show us your capabilities:

  • either a short performance or a discussion around a portfolio of two contrasting compositions (submitted before the interview) - for the performance, we ask that you play (or sing) a piece of music that you've prepared in advance and for the portfolio, you should submit a link to an online folder that contains two contrasting examples of your best compositional work
  • a short listening exercise - this is for us to get a sense of how you listen to music, and how you verbally communicate what you hear
  • a short exercise involving a notated score - the conversation around this exercise will help us gauge your experience and, if appropriate, allow us to suggest some exercises to do before you start the course, as this will help you in some parts of the curriculum
  • course discussion - the Programme Leader will then discuss the course with you, giving you the opportunity to talk about your interest in the course and your understanding of creative music technology. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions, should you have any.

Further details will be sent to you in advance of the interview.

Degrees in Fashion

BA Fashion Communication

Applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course.

For guidance on what to include in your portfolio, watch our portfolio advice video. For Fashion Communication, we will be looking for:

  • portfolio work: a range of recent work that includes drawing, photography, visual experimentation and/or collage
  • supporting work: sketchbook images, rough work, research into things that interest you (designers/artists/brands) etc
  • written work: a contextual or theoretical essay or report.

Further details will be provided on receipt of your application.

Application outcomes will be decided primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview where they will be required to discuss their creative work and demonstrate a good practical ability in and understanding of their chosen field.

The interview will provide applicants with an opportunity to demonstrate their:

  • communication, interaction and analytical skills
  • critical engagement with the discipline/profession/programme area
  • interest and motivation to study.

Interviews for Fashion Communication are typically held between January and March, depending on when you apply. Further details will be provided to shortlisted applicants in advance of the interview.

BA Fashion Textiles

Applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course.

For guidance on what to include in your portfolio, watch our portfolio advice video. For Fashion Textiles, we will be looking for:

  • portfolio and sketchbook work: a range of recent work that includes drawing, collage, photography and experimentation with ideas, surfaces and materials
  • drawing as a tool in your creative work: this could be observational drawing, experimental drawing, life drawing or mark-making
  • what interests you about fashion textiles: this might be ideas for shape and form on the body, or surface, colour and pattern work
  • written work: a contextual or theoretical essay or other piece of writing.

Further details will be provided on receipt of your application.

Application outcomes will be decided primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview where they will be required to discuss their creative work and demonstrate a good practical ability in and understanding of their chosen field.

The interview will provide applicants with an opportunity to demonstrate their:

  • communication, interaction and analytical skills
  • critical engagement with the discipline/profession/programme area
  • interest and motivation to study.

Interviews for Fashion Textiles are typically held between January and March, depending on when you apply. Further details will be provided to shortlisted applicants in advance of the interview.

Degrees in Filmmaking, Animation and Photography

BA Filmmaking

Applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course.

For guidance on what to include in your portfolio, watch our portfolio advice video. For Filmmaking, we will be looking for:

  • examples of films, creative writing, recorded sound, photographs, scripts, web design work, graphic design work, artwork etc
  • evidence of your creative process: examples of scripts, research ideas, edit notes, sketchbooks, storyboards etc
  • audio-visual work: For each piece of audio-visual work, a short statement telling us about the piece
  • an example of academic writing: an essay or a critical evaluation of your process and/or completed work.

Further details will be provided on receipt of your application.

Application outcomes will be decided primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview where they will be required to discuss their creative work and demonstrate a good practical ability in and understanding of their chosen field.

The interview will provide applicants with an opportunity to demonstrate their:

  • communication, interaction and analytical skills
  • critical engagement with the discipline/profession/programme area
  • interest and motivation to study.

Interviews for Filmmaking are typically held between December and April, depending on when you apply. Further details will be provided to shortlisted applicants in advance of the interview.

BA Animation

Applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course.

For guidance on what to include in your portfolio, watch our portfolio advice video. For Animation, we will be looking for a collection of work that is lively, colourful, original, and represents you and your artistic development, including:

  • animation: Gifs, short films, show reel
  • drawing from imagination: original designs and characters
  • drawing from life: figure and animal drawings, spaces, places and objects
  • scanned sketchbook pages: a variety of your design development and thought process
  • evidence of design for screen: storyboards, set, layout, character sets, thumbnail boards
  • model making: digital 3D, physical 3D, sculptures
  • support material: comics and zines, collaborations and performance, music, self-motivated work, Instagram, YouTube.

Further details will be provided on receipt of your application.

Application outcomes will be decided primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview where they will be required to discuss their creative work and demonstrate a good practical ability in and understanding of their chosen field.

The interview will provide applicants with an opportunity to demonstrate their:

  • communication, interaction and analytical skills
  • critical engagement with the discipline/profession/programme area
  • interest and motivation to study.
Interviews for Animation are typically held between January and February, depending on when you apply. Further details will be provided to shortlisted applicants in advance of the interview.

BA Photography

Applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course.

For guidance on what to include in your portfolio, watch our portfolio advice video. For Photography:

  • We'll be looking for a well-considered and concise portfolio containing an example of a practical body of work. This should be a series of connected photographic images exploring a subject or another creative process (for example, moving image, graphic design, or other 2D or 3D processes). You may also include a portfolio of up to 6 single images.
  • We'll also be looking for examples of sketchbook materials, documenting supporting visual and contextual research and idea development.
  • Finally, we'll also be looking for an example of academic writing, which can be an essay or a critical evaluation of your process and/or completed work.

Further details will be provided on receipt of your application.

Application outcomes will be decided primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview where they will be required to discuss their creative work and demonstrate a good practical ability in and understanding of their chosen field.

The interview will provide applicants with an opportunity to demonstrate their:

  • communication, interaction and analytical skills
  • critical engagement with the discipline/profession/programme area
  • interest and motivation to study.

Interviews for Photography are typically held between December and March, depending on when you apply. Further details will be provided to shortlisted applicants in advance of the interview.

Degrees in Health Professions

BSc Diagnostic Radiography

If shortlisted, you will be invited to a selection event where you will be required to complete a 30-minute written task relating to the skills and attributes required for the profession. You will also have an individual interview which will last approximately 15 minutes. The interview panel will consist of representatives from academic/clinical staff and service users. If you score well on both elements, you will be offered a place.

Prior to starting the course you will need to undertake a visit to a hospital's x-ray/diagnostic imaging/radiology department (particularly general radiography) to shadow and observe a radiographer in their day-to-day work. This will help you gain experience and insight of what it is like to work as a radiographer from behind the scenes and to know what the profession entails. It is not always possible to attend a clinical visit prior to application/interview, this will not disadvantage you. However, if you have managed to arrange a clinical visit, or have already been on a clinical visit, please download our Clinical Visit Report Form.

Value Based Recruitment

Recruitment for this course is informed by Health Education England's Values Based Recruitment Framework. The purpose of this framework is to ensure that we recruit students whose individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

Foundation Health Professions

Suitability for the course will be determined through a short informal interview, which will involve staff from both City of Bristol College and the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences. You will also be asked to complete a literacy assessment.

BSc Optometry

You will either be invited to complete an online assessment (approximately half an hour long) and/or a telephone interview to gauge your suitability for the Optometry course at UWE Bristol. It is essential that you complete the assessment activity for you to be offered a place on the course. Successful applicants will be invited to an offer holder day in February.

Value Based Recruitment

Recruitment for this course is informed by Health Education England's Values Based Recruitment Framework. The purpose of this framework is to ensure that we recruit students whose individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

BSc Paramedic Science

If shortlisted, you will be invited to a selection event where you will undertake a number of scenario stations where you will answer questions related to your values, experience, interpersonal skills, care and compassion. On successful completion of all these criteria, you will be offered a place.

Value Based Recruitment

Recruitment for this course is informed by Health Education England's Values Based Recruitment Framework. The purpose of this framework is to ensure that we recruit students whose individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

BSc Radiotherapy and Oncology

If shortlisted, you will be invited to a selection event where you will be required to complete a 30-minute written task relating to the skills and attributes required for the profession. You will also have an individual interview which will last approximately 15 minutes. The interview panel will consist of representatives from academic/clinical staff and service users. If you score well on both elements, you will be offered a place.

Prior to starting the course you will need to undertake a visit to a hospital's radiotherapy department to shadow and observe a radiographer in their day-to-day work. This will help you gain experience and insight of what it is like to work as a radiographer from behind the scenes and to know what the profession entails. It is not always possible to attend a clinical visit prior to application/interview, this will not disadvantage you.

However, if you have managed to arrange a clinical visit, or have already been on a clinical visit, please download our Clinical Visit Report Form.

Value Based Recruitment

Recruitment for this course is informed by Health Education England's Values Based Recruitment Framework. The purpose of this framework is to ensure that we recruit students whose individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

Degrees in Nursing and Midwifery

BSc Midwifery

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a selection event where they will undertake group and individual activities. The group activity will include participation within a short group presentation. Your performance will be assessed during all activities, by a team of assessors. Successful applicants will be offered a place.

Value Based Recruitment

Recruitment for this course is informed by Health Education England's Values Based Recruitment Framework. The purpose of this framework is to ensure that we recruit students whose individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

BSc Nursing (Adult)

If shortlisted, you will be invited to a selection event where you will undertake a group activity and individual interview. On successful completion of all of these criteria, you will be offered a place. As part of the recruitment process we will also asses your digital literacy.

Value Based Recruitment

Recruitment for this course is informed by Health Education England's Values Based Recruitment Framework. The purpose of this framework is to ensure that we recruit students whose individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

BSc Nursing (Children's)

If shortlisted, you will be invited to a selection event where you will undertake a group activity and individual interview. On successful completion of all of these criteria, you will be offered a place. As part of the recruitment process we will also asses your digital literacy.

Value Based Recruitment

Recruitment for this course is informed by Health Education England's Values Based Recruitment Framework. The purpose of this framework is to ensure that we recruit students whose individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

BSc Nursing (Learning Disabilities)

If shortlisted, you will be invited to a selection event where you will undertake a group activity and individual interview. On successful completion of all of these criteria, you will be offered a place. As part of the recruitment process we will also asses your digital literacy.

Value Based Recruitment

Recruitment for this course is informed by Health Education England's Values Based Recruitment Framework. The purpose of this framework is to ensure that we recruit students whose individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

BSc Nursing (Mental Health)

If shortlisted, you will be invited to a selection event where you will undertake a group activity and individual interview. On successful completion of all of these criteria, you will be offered a place. As part of the recruitment process we will also asses your digital literacy.

Value Based Recruitment

Recruitment for this course is informed by Health Education England's Values Based Recruitment Framework. The purpose of this framework is to ensure that we recruit students whose individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

BSc Occupational Therapy

If you are shortlisted for a place on our course you will be invited to interview; our interviews are held on Campus here at Glenside and are carried out by a panel of 2 people who will be selected from Programme team staff, Practice based Occupational Therapists, Service user representatives and carers. The interview will take the form of questions from the panel members and will last up to 30 minutes with you also having the opportunity to ask us about the course/placements and any other aspects of becoming an Occupational Therapist.

Degrees in Social Work

BSc Social Work

Completing the application form

We will be looking for applicants who show that they understand and have a clear commitment to a career in Social Work. Your personal statement should include:

  • why you want to study Social Work
  • details of any direct experience working in social work or social care
  • what you want to achieve in social work practice
  • what knowledge and skills you think you can bring to the course.

It will enhance your application to include details of your direct experience, for example on placement, work experience, voluntary or paid work, to include total hours worked, and your roles and responsibilities in different settings

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview and will also be required to complete a written test. The interview will be conducted by a member of academic staff and either a social work practitioner, or a service user or carer who works with the course.

Degrees in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy

BSc Physiotherapy

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to interview with a lecturer from the Physiotherapy programme. The interviewing panel may also include clinicians and service users. Your interview will last approximately 20 minutes and you will be asked about your knowledge and understanding of Physiotherapy, in addition to questions relating to skills and values that are required to be a Physiotherapist.

Value Based Recruitment

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to interview with a lecturer from the Physiotherapy programme. The interviewing panel may also include clinicians and service users. Your interview will last approximately 20 minutes and you will be asked about your knowledge and understanding of Physiotherapy, in addition to questions relating to skills and values that are required to be a Physiotherapist.

Recruitment for this course is informed by Health Education England's Values Based Recruitment Framework. The purpose of this framework is to ensure that we recruit students whose individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

Bsc Occupational Therapy

If you are shortlisted for a place on our course you will be invited to interview; our interviews are held on campus here at Glenside and are carried out by a panel of 2 people who will be selected from the programme team staff, practice-based occupational therapists, service-user representatives and carers. The interview will take the form of questions from the panel members and will last up to 30 minutes with you also having the opportunity to ask us about the course/placements and any other aspects of becoming an occupational therapist.

Degrees with foundation year in Art and Design

BA Drawing and Print with FdYr

Applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course.

For guidance on what to include in your portfolio, watch our portfolio advice video. For Drawing and Print, we will be looking for:

  • a range of self-initiated and project work
  • images from notebooks/sketch books/research material
  • a recent essay or short piece of writing.

Further details will be provided on receipt of your application.

Application outcomes will be decided primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios.

BA Fine Art with FdYr

Applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course.

For guidance on what to include in your portfolio, watch our portfolio advice video. For Fine Art, we will be looking for:

  • a range of self-initiated and project work
  • images from notebooks/sketch books/research material
  • a recent essay or short piece of writing.

Further details will be provided on receipt of your application.

Application outcomes will be decided primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios.

BA Illustration with FdYr

Applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course.

For guidance on what to include in your portfolio, watch our portfolio advice video. For Illustration, we will be looking for:

  • an innovative approach to image making
  • a good level of drawing skills eg life drawing/observational drawing.
  • evidence of visual thinking and engagement with concepts
  • experimentation with digital and analogue (handmade) processes
  • an individualistic and curious approach to image making.

Further details will be provided on receipt of your application.

Application outcomes will be decided primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios.

BA Graphic Design with FdYr

Applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course.

For guidance on what to include in your portfolio, watch our portfolio advice video. For Graphic Design, we will be looking for:

  • portfolio work: a range of art and design projects that you have completed recently - we are keen to see your drawing and creative work across a range of disciplines and media
  • supporting work: sketchbook images, rough work and developmental work
  • written work: a contextual or theoretical essay or report.

Further details will be provided on receipt of your application.

Application outcomes will be decided primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios.

BA Interior Design with FdYr

Applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course.

For guidance on what to include in your portfolio, watch our portfolio advice video. For Interior Design, we will be looking for:

  • a range of self-initiated and project work including examples of any 2D works (drawings, paintings, photography etc) - you may also wish to include photographic documentation of any 3D works (sculptures, models, objects etc)
  • images from notebooks/sketch books/research material
  • a short piece of writing.

Further details will be provided on receipt of your application.

Application outcomes will be decided primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios.

BA Fashion Communication with FdYr

Applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course.

For guidance on what to include in your portfolio, watch our portfolio advice video. For Fashion Communication, we will be looking for:

  • portfolio work: a range of recent work that includes drawing, photography, visual experimentation and/or collage
  • supporting work: sketchbook images, rough work, research into things that interest you (designers/artists/brands) etc
  • written work: a contextual or theoretical essay or report.

Further details will be provided on receipt of your application.

Application outcomes will be decided primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios.

BA Fashion Textiles with FdYr

Applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course.

For guidance on what to include in your portfolio, watch our portfolio advice video. For Fashion Textiles, we will be looking for:

  • portfolio and sketchbook work: a range of recent work that includes drawing, collage, photography and experimentation with ideas, surfaces and materials
  • drawing as a tool in your creative work: this could be observational drawing, experimental drawing, life drawing or mark-making.
  • what interests you about fashion textiles: this might be ideas for shape and form on the body, or surface, colour and pattern work
  • written work: a contextual or theoretical essay or other piece of writing.

Further details will be provided on receipt of your application.

Application outcomes will be decided primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios.

Degrees with foundation year in Animation and Photography

BA Animation with FdYr

Applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course.

For guidance on what to include in your portfolio, watch our portfolio advice video. For Animation, we will be looking for:

  • animation: gifs, short films, show reel
  • drawing from imagination: original designs and characters
  • drawing from life: figure and animal drawings, spaces, places and objects
  • scanned sketchbook pages: a variety of your design development and thought process
  • evidence of design for screen: storyboards, set, layout, character sets, thumbnail boards
  • model making: digital 3D, physical 3D, sculptures
  • support material: comics and zines, collaborations and performance, music, self-motivated work, Instagram, YouTube.

Further details will be provided on receipt of your application.

Application outcomes will be decided primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios.

BA Photography with FdYr

Applicants will be required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course.

For guidance on what to include in your portfolio, watch our portfolio advice video. For Photography:

  • We'll be looking for a well-considered and concise portfolio containing an example of a practical body of work. This should be a series of connected photographic images exploring a subject or another creative process (for example, moving image, graphic design, or other 2D or 3D processes). You may also include a portfolio of up to 6 single images.
  • We'll also be looking for examples of sketchbook materials, documenting supporting visual and contextual research and idea development.
  • Finally, we'll also be looking for an example of academic writing, which can be an essay or a critical evaluation of your process and/or completed work.

Further details will be provided on receipt of your application.

Application outcomes will be decided primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios.

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