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PG Diploma Early Years with ITT

We look forward to welcoming you to Plymouth Marjon University for your interview day and hope that you will gain much from the experience. The day is important for you as you need to find out if this is the place you want to study. It’s also important for us to ensure that you are suitable for the course you have applied for.

During the day you will have the opportunity to look round the University, find out more about the course and meet tutors. We want you to present yourself in the best light on the day and we aim to make you feel comfortable and welcome.


The interview day

The interview day begins with an information group session which looks at the programme aims, structure and delivery. You will have the opportunity to meet other candidates and the Programme Leader. This is an informal session in which there will be lots of opportunity to ask questions so that you can find out whether this is the right programme for you

There will be a group information to discuss the course, expectations, assessment, placement / work-based elements and funding. 


The individual interview

The interview has two parts:

Part 1- Information talk

You will be asked to give an informal talk on ‘Why I want work with young children and to be an Early Years Teacher’. This is not a formal presentation and you do not need to prepare any materials in advance; this task is aimed at giving you an opportunity to talk about your motivation and passion for teaching within Early Years. Following your informal talk, the interviewer will ask you some focused questions about your past practice experience.

Part 2- Interview

You will be interviewed by two members of the teaching team. The focus of this will be on your readiness to study at post graduate level.


How candidates will be assessed

Each candidate will be assessed on the following:

  • Appropriate qualities, attitudes, ethics and values
  • Subject knowledge and experience


Interview Agenda





Arrival and registration


Campus Tour


Welcome Talk


Informal presentation

11am onwards 

Individual interviews


Timings will be flexible depending on group size.