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In addition to getting a general feel for you as a person, there are some KEY AREAS that we will focus on in your interview:

General interest in science - What actually interests you about science? Which parts of your courses you have particularly enjoyed and why? Can you talk us through one of your school science projects so we can find out what you learnt about conducting scientific research?

In this section we are looking for evidence of curiosity – have you merely learnt a set of facts for the exams or have you really thought about the work you have been doing and asked questions/found out more?

Challenges of the career - Have you taken time to investigate and reflect on the key ethical issues and challenges facing vets, nurses and animal scientists today? What is the role of a vet in the important area of public health?

Can you participate in debate on a subject that seems to have no right or wrong answer? Are you able to think on your feet when faced with difficult questions?

Work experience - What did you learn about the different careers that you observed during work experience? Did you just turn up and switch off or did you ask questions? Were there any really interesting cases/situations/events that prompted you to go away and look for further information? Can you talk about them in more detail?

Communication and non-academic interests and skills - Are you (in spite of your nerves) able to actively take part in a discussion about science/vet work/ethics/hobbies. Can you think on your feet when required? Are you comfortable arguing your point?

What other “generic” skills are you bringing with you? How might your other, non-academic work experience and hobbies prepare you for life as a student and beyond?

Click here to see examples of feedback given to real applicants on their interview performance in each of the categories

'The RVC admissions process has recently changed and will now incorporate multiple mini interviews (MMIs). This involves working your way around a series of individual, timed stations designed to test specific competencies, such as communication skills, problem solving, numeracy skills and ethical awareness, among others.'

Interviews

Your UCAS statement tells us something about your education and life experiences to date but it is hard for us to get a real feel for you as a person from a written statement.

If you meet all of the selection requirements of the course and we are happy with your UCAS form, then we will invite you in for an interview so we can get to know you better.

Interviews can be scary things but you should try to see this as your opportunity to stand out from the crowd and show us what you are really made of.

Preparing for interviews
It is perfectly natural to feel nervous about interviews. You can minimise some of this stress by taking time to prepare for your interview in advance.

For example, looking over your personal statement and thinking about the types of questions you might be asked and the answers you might give to show yourself in the best possible light. You should also try to have a practise interview with a teacher or at least a friend or family member.

Click here for help in preparing for interviews

What should I wear?
You should wear something that you feel both professional and comfortable in. There is no need to wear a suit but you want to give the impression that you are taking the interview process seriously (our staff often dress more smartly on interview days too).

What will it be like on the day?
When you arrive at the college, you will be welcomed by a member of the admissions team who will be waiting for you in reception.

During your visit you will have the chance to look around the campus with an RVC student, either before or after your interview. You should use this opportunity to ask any questions you might have about college life in general as there will not be much time for this during the interview. The students showing you round will also be able to tell you about college life from their point of view, so be sure to ask them.

You will have been given an interview time slot in advance, shortly before this time, you will be taken down to the interview room and will have a few minutes to sit outside and gather your thoughts. Try to use this time to relax. It is amazing what a difference a few deep breaths and shoulder shrugs can make.

What kind of questions will I be asked?
The nature of your interview will vary depending on the particular programme you have applied for and your interview panel (usually two to three people). We cannot therefore tell you exactly what to expect. In any case – we want you to tell us something we don’t know and not just repeat the answers to questions we have given you as examples.