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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.

Important information

There will be no requirement for you to attend the University at this time – your online interview will be conducted remotely using the Microsoft Teams App.

If you do not already have Microsoft Teams, you can download this online.

There are useful guides for the Microsoft Teams App available on YouTube to assist you.

  • 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.
  • 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
  • You should allow up to 45 minutes for your online interview.
  • Please log onto your chosen device e.g. PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone 5 minutes before the scheduled time of your online interview and be ready to join the meeting by clicking the ‘join now’ button 5 minutes before.

Things to do before your online interview

Before you access your online interview, it is essential that you:

  • watched this video. This provides a brief explanation of what will happen leading up to your online interview and the steps you should take to prepare.
  • download Microsoft Teams to your device and familiarised yourself with this before your scheduled online interview day. Where possible, we advise against using a smartphone as this may compromise the online interview experience. We recommend using a PC or laptop and please check your camera and microphone are working prior to your interview.
  • 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.
  • can demonstrate evidence that those experiences and skills have been gained while working as a registrant in the intended second field of nursing.
  • 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) or 18 months (part time).
  • consider what support you might need to manage the transition to studying and writing at level 7.
  • considered any potential challenges you may face transitioning back into the role of a student nurse in practice.
  • 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 during your online interview.

What to have with you

You will need to have the following to hand on the day:

Photographic ID

Your ID will be checked by the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine staff interviewer prior to the start of the process. You will need some sort of photographic ID (i.e., current valid passport, photo-card driving licence, photo-card staff ID). 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 reschedule for an alternative date. If you have any questions about your ID please contact our RPL Admissions Team via email to [email protected] prior to your online interview.

Additional supporting evidence

If you have any additional supporting evidence (i.e. additional references, evidence of work experience, etc) that you would like to show, please email this to the Admissions Team prior to the online interview day: [email protected].

Disclosure of Disability

At every interview all candidates (whether or not they have made a disclosure of disability on their application) will be asked if there is anything they would like to tell the interviewer about the potential impact on study or practice placement of any long-term health condition, impairment, mental health support requirement and/or SpLD (e.g. Dyslexia, Dyspraxia).

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.

Practice Learning: Travel

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

What we are 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.

Selection criteria

You will be given the opportunity to demonstrate that you have an enthusiasm for the field of nursing you have applied for, that you understand the core NHS values and will be able to demonstrate these in professional practice.

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. You should also ensure that your nominated referee has completed the Referee RPEL confirmation form, and that this has been returned to [email protected]

Academic awareness

Success on this course depends on you being able to commit to the academic and professional demands required. 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, remain motivated, meet assessment deadlines, and complete directed online learning. 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

Understanding the profession

In order to ensure your smooth entry to Edge Hill and your professional training programme, it is important that you adhere to the national criteria for entry to the profession by following guidance notes issued by the NMC/Edge Hill Prospectus and that you are:

  1. Able to comply with the requirements of the offer sent to you and any other requests as soon as they are asked for and certainly not later than a given date.
  2. Able to meet the national requirements for full clearance to work with people in respect of the Police Act and the health standards to enter the profession.
  3. Able to comply with any changes in the national requirements for those starting allied health professional programmes in 2021/2022 academic year.
  4. Responsible for the completion and prompt return of all forms sent to you.

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.