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Interview Format - Preparation is key

Selection will be based on the following elements:

  1. Written exercise

    The handwritten exercise will be given to you on the day.  This will involve writing an account based on your previous experience.  You will be given 20 minutes for this exercise. Your ability to express your ideas in writing will be assessed.

    Please note: if you require any additional support or assistance during the written test, because of a disability, medical condition or learning need, please contact Health and Social Care Admissions in advance of your interview.

  2. Group work activity

    This will last approximately 10-15 minutes.  The group activity is designed to assess your communication and interpersonal skills.

  3. Individual interview and presentation

    An individual interview which will last approximately 20 minutes. You will be interviewed by a member of academic staff and a person with lived experience of social work services and/or a social work practitioner.  Please prepare a 5-minute talk to deliver at the start of your interview to your interviewers with the title: ‘My understanding of professional social work’.  Your talk should demonstrate some prior reading/ research - here are some suggestions that you may wish to include:

        What do social workers do?
      What might be seen as some of the challenges?
      How might social workers improve the lives of vulnerable people?
               The role of legislation and policy

    Please note: no presentation aids (e.g. power-point) are to be used. 

Watch our interview tips video below for more information:

Where will my interview take place?

In person Social Work interviews will take place at University Centre Warrington at either Remond House, or Times Square.  The exact location will be clearly detailed on your invitation email. Please see our website here for travel and transport information to our Warrington sites.

On the day

Please arrive in good time for your interview. Our Reception team will direct you where to go to register.

Please bring along the following certificates and documents for us to check.

  • Photo ID. E.g. Passport, Driving Licence (to confirm your identity)
  • A level and GCSE or equivalent qualification certificates (if already completed)
  • Change of name document and/or marriage certificate (if any certificates are in a different name)
  • Proof of UK residency/indefinite leave to remain (if applicable)

Please reply to your invitation here 

Please note your interview invitation will NOT appear on UCAS Track.


The criteria used for selection is detailed below:

  1. Applicants must demonstrate that they have awareness of the changing nature of social work and have a realistic awareness of the requirements of professional social work today.
  2. Applicants must show that they have undertaken relevant academic study and be prepared to demonstrate how life/work experience has helped to prepare them for social work training also to demonstrate their learning from their experiences at the appropriate life stage
  3. Applicants must be able to present information, ideas and opinions clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  4. Applicants should demonstrate a beginning level of understanding/awareness of the roles and tasks of a social worker.
  5. Applicants should show a beginning level of understanding/awareness of discrimination, prejudice and oppression, and demonstrate the potential to promote positive social work practice.
  6. Applicants must demonstrate a beginning level of self-awareness and the ability to question their own values and beliefs.

After the interview, all the information we have gathered from your application form, presentation, written test, and individual interview will be reviewed against the course’s selection criteria and a final decision made.

We will aim to inform you of the outcome of your interview as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours. If you have not received a UCAS decision after a week please contact Health and Social Care Admissions to check.

If you do not receive an offer of a place on the course, feedback is available from the Health and Social Care Admissions team should you require it.

Experience Days

All applicants will have the opportunity to book on to one of our Experience Days or virtual events starting in 2023. Please check back for further details later this year.

Important Information

We realise that you may want to share your experience of the interview with others, however, we ask that you do not discuss the specific topics with other applicants, friends, or online. We would appreciate your co-operation with this.

Your selection day will usually last around 4-5 hours. It may occasionally overrun, so please take this into account when arranging any onward travel plans.

If you require any additional support or assistance during the virtual interview day due to a disability, medical condition or learning need, please contact the Health and Social Care Admissions team in advance.

Contact Details

Tel: 01244 511000

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