Dental Academy

Our Values

Applying for a course


We endeavour to ensure that the students we recruit to our courses in health and social care have the right values base and demonstrate appropriate behaviours. For our programmes in Health and Social Care (including dental programmes) we ensure that that values within the NHS Constitution are embedded throughout our admissions materials and processes.  In addition we also ensure that these values are an essential part of the curricula of these courses.

The Values of the University of Portsmouth are found in several places including:

The NHS mapping tool demonstrating how the University of Portsmouth’s Values map those within the NHS Constitution can be accessed here:

Linking your values to the NHS Constitution .PDF

A quick and easy tool to help you map your values to those within the NHS Constitution


What are we looking for on a personal statement?

  • Make the most of your course content and experiences that relate to your chosen course.
  • Make it clear why are you interested in this profession.
  • Identify what work experience or volunteering you have undertaken.
  • Make the most of any directly relevant work experience or shadowing days.
  • Outline which parts of your course are particularly relevant to a health science, the field of dental care or social care-based study.
  • Where possible clearly identify behaviours that demonstrate that you have the right values base to work in a health or social care environment.

What to expect at interview

  • All other areas will carry out a structured interview (everyone gets the same basic questions that are built upon), normally with two or more staff. This may include a colleague from practice or a service user.
  • Communication skills are vital.
  • Be prepared and read around before the interview.
  • Research the profession (professional body sites etc).
  • Research current news related the general area of health and social care.
  • Be prepared to talk about any relevant work experience.
  • Be prepared for questions around the NHS Constitution or value.
  • Consider ‘what if’ scenarios. These may be clinically based.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions.