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Essential preparation for your interview: Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (PgDiT) – Wirral Metropolitan Campus

This page has been created to give you the all the essential preparation for your on-campus interview. Please read all sections carefully.

Important information

  • You should now have received an email from our Admissions Team with the date and time of your interview. If you do not think you have received this, please contact our Admissions Team
  • You should aim to arrive 15 minutes before the time stated in your email. Please use the link to find out how to get to Wirral Met Campus
  • You need to confirm that you will be available for your interview by completing our interview reply form.
  • You should allow approximately 1 hour for your visit to campus as this will encompass your interview task, your formal interview, and opportunity to meet with colleagues in WMC admissions who will check your certificates and documentation.
  • Your interview will consist of two main elements. A ‘how would you teach’ presentation and then a formal interview involving series of interview questions.
  • The interview has been structured in such a way as to enable you to demonstrate your commitment to becoming a teacher, your enthusiasm for your subject and education more generally, and for you to visit our campus.
  • You need to be able to show that you can engage in discussion, contributing both as a speaker and as a listener. You will also be given the opportunity to demonstrate the contribution that you, personally, could make to the PgDiT programme and, ultimately, to the education of learners in Further Education.
An academic member of staff is teaching students in a classroom. The students are sat around a circle table whilst the academic is talking with them and discussing their work.

To ensure that you are prepared for your interview, please read the following information carefully as it outlines the structure of your interview and the tasks you will need to complete prior to your on-campus interview. 

Course specific preparation

Your interview will consist of two main elements. A 5 minute presentation and then a series of interview questions:

‘How would you teach’ presentation.

You should prepare a short presentation (no more than 5 minutes) in which you outline how you would teach a Further Education (FE) learner about a key skill or concept in your specialist subjectThis should be clearly linked to an examination specification (for example, A Level, BTEC or T-level) for your subject (for example, a skill or concept which is found on an A Level specification for Philosophy). You can opt to either put together a short presentation (such as a PowerPoint), share this with your admissions tutor in advance and talk through it in your interview or opt do this ‘live’ (without a presentation) during your interview.

 Your presentation is an opportunity for you to demonstrate:

  • Subject knowledge as appropriate to deliver within the FE phase (including up to and including A level or equivalent)
  • An understanding of key concepts in your subject as appropriate to deliver within the FE phase (including up to and including A level or equivalent)
  • An understanding of skills and application in your subject as appropriate to deliver within the FE phase (including up to and including A level or equivalent)

This is also an opportunity to demonstrate your creative ideas and to show how well you communicate with others.

What we’re looking for

During the interview process we will be looking for you to demonstrate:

  • A commitment to and enthusiasm for working with learners in the Further Education phase.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • The personal attributes and values required to train as a teacher.
  • The ability to reflect on experiences and the learning taken from these.
A teacher observes two secondary school pupils using computers during a lesson.

What to do before your on-campus interview

It is essential that you:

  1. Dress appropriately – wear professional clothes.
  2. Have read all the information on this preparation page and made a note of the items you need to have with you and any questions that you want to ask during your interview.
  3. Have read the subject specific information containing the details relating to your subject specialism and your pre-interview tasks.
  4. Have thought about, and can explain, why you want to teach young adults in the FE age range and why you wish to teach your particular subject.
  5. have read educational publications to familiarise yourself with current educational issues. Useful publications include:
    • The Guardian Educational Supplement (published weekly)
    • The Independent Educational Supplement (published weekly)
    • The Times Education Supplement (published weekly)
  6. have visited appropriate websites such as
  7. Have read and understood the below information regarding ‘Training in Educational Settings’ to enable you to answer questions about your support needs.
  8. Plan your journey to campus. Please find the Button below which details information about our Hamilton Campus and how to get here. 
Getting here

Training in educational settings

The Partnership team will source all ITT practices.

  • You might be expected to travel to your professional practices, and you must be prepared to travel some distance. You will be expected to drive or travel on public transport to your placement.
  • We do provide, in some instances, reimbursement for travel to and from training.
  • We have training partnership arrangements in a range of locations including the North West, the North East, Staffordshire, Cheshire, the West Midlands including Shropshire and London. We expect that you will approach each practice with a flexible and conscientious attitude, acting with integrity and commitment. We will ensure that we take into consideration your personal circumstances and needs.

All contact with practice schools is made formally via the Faculty of Education’s ITT Partnership Team; trainees should not contact settings directly to arrange practices.

What to have with you on the day

Photographic ID
Additional Supporting Evidence
Original certificates

Any questions?

We look forward to meeting you for your interview.

If you have any questions or special requirements that you would like to discuss with us prior to your interview you can contact us in the following ways: