What will happen on the Skype interview?

Successful applicants will be invited to attend a Skype interview. Skype is a digital communication tool and we will include instructions on how to use it on our invite. 

The interview will consist of a face-to-face interview with our academic team, which could include a clinical practitioner or a service user. The interview will include a number of short questions to demonstrate motivation, achievements, transferable skills and knowledge for the course. 

The interview comprises two parts: a verbal presentation, followed by a set of interview questions

Verbal presentation

Please prepare a five minute verbal presentation about a piece of work you have carried out with a person with social care needs. Your presentation should not exceed five minutes in duration, and should analyse and discuss the following points:

  • The type of work undertaken with the individual
  • The aims of the piece of work
  • The key issues at the heart of the work presented
  • The success of the aims
  • Your contribution to working as a team member within or outside of the organisation
  • Reflect on your strengths and how you met anti-discriminatory practice

Interview questions

The questions will link to the requirements of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF), (specifically to the Entry to Qualifying Programmes from the British Association of Social Workers), which include:

  • Understanding and knowledge of social work issues
  • Understanding of anti-discriminatory practice
  • Diversity and values
  • How you promote rights and justice with an ability to engage with people with empathy
  • Critical reflection
  • Professionalism,
  • An ability to show leadership,
  • Suitability and preparedness to undertake professional social work training. For more information, please visit the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) website.
  • On 2 December 2019, Social Work England (SWE) will take over from the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as the new regulator for social workers. Candidates are therefore advised to consult the Professional Standards of Social Work England
  • Furthermore, candidates are expected to recognise the key values for social work as found in social work texts and/or in the British Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics.

Tips for success

  • In preparation for the interview, it would be a good idea to read a social work text book or a Community Care online article, to familiarise yourself with social work's core values, and to read about some contemporary social work issues which are of interest to you.
  • If you are successful in the online test, please take some time to fully prepare your verbal presentation before the interview, including timing yourself to ensure that you are within the five minute time requirement.  

Please view our presentation regarding the course structure, on which we welcome any questions.

What to present during the Skype interview

During the Skype interview you will be asked to present the following documents as part of the call:

  • Valid identification document (see below for the forms of identification we can accept)
  • Recent passport photograph (for admissions record)
  • Evidence of change of name if applicable (e.g. marriage certificate or deed poll)* 
  • Education certificates

* If the applicant has undergone a formal name change within the last six months the relevant ID document with original proof of the name change will be accepted. This information will be recorded, but successful applicants will be required to obtain appropriate ID document in the appropriate legal name ahead of the formal University of Greenwich registration process. The ultimate decision to accept the ID documents presented at registration sit with Student and Academic Services, namely the Head of Student Centre, Student Management Team or those empowered to conduct these checks.

Types of identification accepted

Please bring one of any of the following forms of ID. You will be turned away without this.

Student Type Acceptable forms of identity
Home Applicants (UK born) Current valid passport OR UK driving licence (photo card style only)
Home Applicants (non-UK born) Current valid passport OR "Travel Document" both with any relevant immigration document (e.g. indefinite leave to remain BRP)
EU Applicants Current valid passport OR EU identity card
International Applicants (Non-EU) Current valid passport AND Current Visa

In attempting to ensure an applicant meets the relevant professional requirements of the course and enable us to process any potential offer given, the University of Greenwich will employ the use of technology to verify the authenticity of valid ID documents. The document will be scanned, an authentication check will be conducted and then stored against the applicant's record; held in accordance with the appropriate retention period.

If you have any queries, concerns or are unable to provide the documents listed above, please contact Admissions at hsc-admissions@greenwich.ac.uk or on +44 20 8331 9000.

Further important information

  • If you have a disability and need support during the interview, please let us know in advance. 
  • Offers of a place are subject to undertaking satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health checks.

The number of bursaries available to social work programmes is capped, and there is no guarantee that you will receive a bursary if you take up an offer of a place on a social work programme. More information about the Social Work Bursary (SWB) can be found on the NHS Business Services Authority website

Information about placements with young and vulnerable people

Vulnerable people and placements.