Veterinary Science: Accelerated Graduate Entry interviews
This information is for students applying to start university in September 2021. Please note, the starting date for this course is early September 2021.
(Information for students applying for 2022 entry will be available on this website in autumn 2021.)
Interview dates and format
Those selected for interview will receive an interview invitation that includes a selection of dates to choose from. We anticipate holding interviews between December 2020 and March 2021. Instructions on how to register for a date and time are included in the invitation email.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year's interviews will be hosted remotely via the Zoom platform. Your interview will consist of a 20-minute face-to-face panel interview with Vet School staff during which they will assess your suitability for the Accelerated Graduate Entry Programme.
Responding to your interview invitation
You must respond to your interview invitation within two weeks of receiving your invitation by email. We will know you have responded if you:
- register to attend an event;
- add your details to the ‘I cannot attend’ option;
- or contact our Events team to discuss options if neither of the above are appropriate.
If you have not responded to your invitation within two weeks, we will assume you no longer wish to pursue your application at Bristol, and your application will be made unsuccessful.
Preparing for your interview
Familiarise yourself with the Zoom platform
You will be sent further information about how to join your online interview, including a link to the Zoom meeting, in advance of the day. This will include information about who to contact should you have any difficulties joining on the day. You may find it useful to download the Zoom app onto your computer or device ahead of the interview. There are some helpful tutorials available here.
Check your internet speed in advance
Do an internet speed test to ensure yours will be at least 1.5Mbps/1.5Mbps (up/down) for high quality video. If your internet speed in your preferred location is lower than advised, your interview may be at risk of disruption, so we would advise choosing a new location such as a quiet room at your school or college.
We have prepared a template Interviewee support letter (PDF, 89kB) you might like to use to request interview space at your school or college. We suggest logging onto your Zoom invitation a few minutes prior to your interview start time so you can test your audio and video.
Choose your location
You should choose a quiet, comfortable location for your interview where you will not be interrupted. If you are not using a desktop computer, make sure that you can comfortably hold or position your device securely to avoid it falling over during your interview.
Please position yourself so you have a neutral background. Ensure you are well-lit – sitting with a window in front of you is ideal. Try to avoid sitting with a window directly behind you.
You may find that using a set of headphones is useful to reduce the amount of background noise and improve your overall sound quality.
What to wear
Wear something smart, but comfortable, to encourage you to get into the right mindset. Please avoid patterned clothes as these can make visibility difficult on screen.
You must present photo ID at the start of your interview. We will not keep a copy of your ID; we just need to see it when you join the interview to verify that you are the candidate we have invited. If you do not have photo ID, you will not be allowed to take part in the interview.
Examples of suitable photo ID include (but are not limited to):
- Driving licence or provisional driving licence
- College photo card
- NUS photo card.
Your online interview will be subject to similar expectations regarding confidentiality as a face-to-face interview. You should not:
- discuss questions you were asked or scenarios in your interview with others, either online or in person, following your interview
- use any smartphone, electronic device or book during your interview
- record your interview in any way, other than making written notes to assist you in your answers.
We do not give permission for any part of your interview to be electronically recorded and undertake to make no such recording ourselves. We will hold no record of your interview performance other than assessors' score sheets.
Remember that integrity is an important aspect of good veterinary practice: we would view any failure to respond to the guidance in this section as an issue of fitness to practice which could jeopardise any offer you are made.
After the interview
We aim to contact you with the outcome of your interview within two weeks. In some cases, this decision may take a little longer, but we will email you to let you know if we cannot make a decision straight away. We will endeavour to update you as soon as we can via email.
Support for a disability
This course is academically and physically demanding. If you have a disability, we trust you to have taken it into consideration before you applied and that you firmly believe you will be able to perform all the tasks and responsibilities the course requires.
If you have a disability that will prevent you from undertaking on online interview, or any difficulties engaging with an interview in this format, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know. We will review your circumstances with appropriate colleagues at the University to advise whether any reasonable adjustments may be available to you.