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

All candidates for the BEd Primary Education/(Early Years)/(Physical Education) programmes should ensure that they have gained at least 10 days prior experience working with children over the last 2 years. At least 5 days of this must be a mainstream primary school or early years setting (if you are applying for Early Years). This should be detailed in the personal statement and will be discussed at interview. 

This can be just as an observer looking at different teaching methods, how the class is divided into groups, how literacy and numeracy is delivered, how behaviour is managed etc.  We also ask you to find out what you can about the role of the teacher so you gain a good understanding of what primary or early years teaching involves. 

During your time in school, you need to ensure that you shadow a teacher for a full working day to include all areas of responsibility, the preparation of resources, planning and teaching different lessons. This is in order to gain a greater understanding of the complex role of a teacher.

If you are invited to interview, you will be required to ask the setting/school to complete a form verifying this. This will be sent to you in the interview letter and must be completed and returned before interview.

Professional Skills Tests

Entrants for Initial Teacher Education programmes need to be aware of Government regulations regarding mandatory Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy. These will be taken immediately after application and your offer will be conditional on passing these. The deadline for achieving these is 30th June 2018. 

You should register here at the following link as soon as you have applied for an ITE programme.