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Essential preparation for your online interview: PGDiP Nursing (Adult)

This page gives you all the information you need for preparation for your online interview for PGDiP Nursing (Adult). Please read all of the sections carefully. If you think you may be entitled to a reasonable adjustment to be able to perform at your best during your interview please let us know in advance by contacting [email protected].


Congratulations on being offered an interview. You’re one step closer to expanding your opportunities at Edge Hill University. Our selection process is designed to identify students who have the necessary competencies that align with the regulatory body for this course – the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). We’ve brought together a dedicated webpage so you can understand what to expect as part of your interview process. Please read all the sections carefully. We know that you may feel nervous about your interview,  but it’s not designed to trip you up, we’re looking for you to demonstrate and tell us more about the attributes and skills you’ve outlined in your personal statement.

Two student nurses are stood looking at a booklet. One is holding a pen, the other is holding a bottle of medicine. There are various forms of medicines in front of them on a table. There are two other nurses in the background of the photo interacting with a practice mannequin.
Photo of nursing and social work student

“After reading through my interview guidance I felt better prepared and on the day the staff were really good at putting my nerves at ease.” 

Laurey (MNSW Children’s Nursing and Social Work student)

Important information – preparation

  • Your interview will be conducted remotely using the Microsoft Teams App. If you do not already have Microsoft Teams, you can download this online. Download from the App Store here or Download from Google Play here.
  • Please familiarise yourself with Microsoft Teams before your online interview. There are useful guides on YouTube to assist you.
  • You should now have received your interview date from our Admissions Team.
  • Please note, you will receive your specific interview time and your individual link to join your online interview prior to your interview. You should click to accept your individual joining link as soon as you receive your email.
  • Please contact [email protected], if you do not receive your time slot and link.
  • You need to confirm that you will attend your interview via our Interview Reply Form.
Interview reply form
  • We recommend using a PC or laptop for your online interview and please check your camera and microphone are working prior to the interview.
  • You will need your original photographic ID (i.e. current valid passport or photo-card driving licence). If you do not have suitable ID on the day, you may not be able to take part in the online interview and will have to have your online interview rescheduled for an alternative date. If you have any questions about your ID please contact our Admissions Team via email to [email protected] before your online interview.

Course specific preparation

Before you access your online interview it is important that you:

  1. research and think about the second field of nursing you have applied for, what transferable experiences and skills do you have and what is your motivation is for undertaking this programme of study.
  2. can demonstrate evidence that those experiences and skills have been gained while working as a registrant in the intended second field of nursing.
  3. consider the amount of studying that will be involved in the programme you have applied for, being mindful that as this is level 7, it is predominantly self-directed online study, with a short series of face-to-face sessions taking place across the 12 months (full time).
  4. consider what support you might need to manage the transition to studying and writing at level 7.
  5. considered any potential challenges you may face transitioning back into the role of a student nurse in practice.
  6. read all the information on these preparation pages and made a note of the items you need to have with you and any questions that you want to ask at the end of your online interview.

On the day of your online interview

  • You should allow up to 45 minutes for your online interview.
  • Whilst your online interview is taking place, please ensure that you have no one else present in the room with you – this will allow you to focus fully on the online interview without distraction.
  • Please aim to log onto your device approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your online interview and be ready to join the meeting by clicking the ‘join now’ button approximately 5 minutes before.
  • Your online interview will take place with a member of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine (FoHSCM) Academic Staff and in some instances the interview panel will consist of a service user or carer or a representative from practice.
  • You will be asked to confirm that you have watched the relevant service user video.

What to have with you on the day

Photographic ID

Top tip from the selection panel

“We recommend that you create a distraction free environment and we find that candidates who are dressed in professional attire are in a better headspace for their online interview” – Tracey Barnes (Recruitment and Selection lead)

Health student with a stethoscope round their neck taking the blood pressure of a patient in a clinical setting

What we’re looking for

The programme you have applied for is regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The NMC set out clear standards of proficiency for those wishing to complete a programme leading to application to join their Register. For further information on the NMC, go to

The individual online interview will assess your:

  • personal, intellectual, and presentational qualities suitable for the field of nursing you have applied for
  • ability to meet the criteria set by the NMC regarding RPEL
  • values and understanding aligned to the NHS constitution
  • understanding of how this programme of study is delivered
  • ability to accomplish the academic and professional requirements of the programme
  • understanding of the demands of undertaking postgraduate study at university.

Our selection criteria

You’ll be given the opportunity to demonstrate that you have an enthusiasm and motivation for the profession that you have applied for. That you understand the core NHS values (Respect and Dignity, Compassion, Commitment to quality of care, Improving Lives, Working Together, Everyone Counts) and will be able to demonstrate these in professional practice.

1. Professional awareness and commitment to a future career

You must have current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a nurse and provide evidence of having worked as a registrant in your intended second field. This evidence permits recognition of prior learning (RPEL), an NMC requirement that acknowledges the experience you have gained working as a registered nurse.

During your interview you be given the opportunity to discuss this evidence in greater detail.

2. Academic awareness

Success on this course depends on you being able to commit to the academic and professional challenges required and for this reason you should be able to clearly demonstrate an understanding of the academic rigours of this course and how you will, for example, ensure that competing priorities are managed effectively. You must demonstrate realistic expectations of this course and your commitment to independent study. You will be expected to have a basic understanding of the theoretical experience that will be gained during the programme you have applied for and how that might enable your practice experience

3. Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB)

There is a requirement for all successful applicants to provide evidence that those who are entering into their chosen profession meet the appropriate PRSB requirements for safe and effective practice. Therefore, all successful applicants will be asked to declare that they are of ‘good health and good character’. This will be obtained via completion of relevant DBS checks and satisfactory Occupational Health clearance to the programme induction period.

4. Practice Learning Travel

Travel arrangements to and from practice experiences/placements are the sole responsibility of the student. We aim to allocate practice experiences/placements located and accessible within a reasonable timeframe which, under normal travel conditions, may require a journey of up to 2 hours each way from your base of study.

5. Disclosure of previous study on a professional programme or registration with a professional regulatory body:

At every interview all candidates will be asked whether they have previously commenced study on a health or social care professional programme or been subject to withdrawal from that programme for any reason. And if they have previously been registered with a health and social care regulatory body i.e. the NMC, HCPC or other.

Any questions?

We look forward to meeting you for your online 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.