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Interview preparation

Interview Preparation

We look forward to welcoming you to the University for your Interview. The purpose is for us to get to know you a bit better and see if you are suitable for both teaching and our programme and for you to see if this is where you would like to study. Here is some guidance for the interview – please read it carefully and make sure you are well-prepared for the day.

The interview process comprises two key elements:

  1. An individual interview lasting 20–30 minutes with a university tutor or Partnership school headteacher/ teacher
  2. A group task where you will be expected to show your ability to share your enthusiasm for teaching and learning.

To prepare for the interview you should research:


You should be aware of changes to policy and current issues in education. The Times Educational Supplement is a useful website to visit and can be found here 

For further information on teaching please visit the Get Into Teaching website 

Experience in Schools

It is not essential that candidates have school experience when they apply for a BEd Primary Education/ Early Years course, however, we would recommend that candidates obtain some observation experience to ensure that teaching is the right career path for them. If you want to gain experience, we suggest spending approximately 10 days in a mainstream primary school or early years setting (if you are applying for Early Years); this should give you a good overview of primary teaching. if possible, try to visit some different types of schools and age-groups.