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B.Ed Secondary Education with Science and Maths

BEd Secondary Education with Science and Maths (With QTS)

We look forward to welcoming you to Plymouth Marjon University for your interview and hope that you will gain much from the experience. The interview is important for both you and for us, as it is important that we see if you are suitable for the course you have applied for, but equally that you find out if this is the place where you want to study. 

During your interview you will have the opportunity to:

  • Take a tour around the University
  • find out more about the course and meet tutors and other trainees
  • deliver a 10-minute presentation which focuses on a Mathematical or Scientific topic which you are passionate about.

There are a number of different components to the interview process which will provide us with a full picture of your ability and skills. We want you to present yourself in the best light and we aim to make you feel comfortable and welcome. Please read the information provided in the email and on the website carefully so you come well-prepared. As this is a professional course, please present yourself appropriately for interview. 


Qualifications, DBS documents and online health check

You will need to provide copies of any qualifications already achieved and identification documents for a DBS check to prior to your interview date. 

As part of DBS checking guidelines, we are required to see physical copies of the DBS documents and we ask to see these at the initial interview stage. Please bring original versions of the documents that you will you scan and send to us in advance of the interview.

If you are successful at interview and accept an offer with us, we will be in touch regarding your DBS check and online health assessment. We will send you information about applying for a DBS check through Marjon - you cannot apply for this independently.

Please see your interview invitation letter for further information about the documents you need to send us and if you have any queries, please email


The Interview

The interview provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate your potential and be deemed suitable to be trained to teach. Interviews will be either individual or grouped with other applicants. All applicants will be interviewed by staff who work within the Secondary Teacher Education Partnership.  Questions will explore your communication skills, subject knowledge, awareness of teaching and learning and commitment to equal opportunities.


Individual Presentation

Candidates will deliver a 10-minute presentation which focuses on a Mathematical or Scientific topic they are passionate about. This should be in a style suitable for a secondary school lesson.


Criteria for Assessment

  1. Appropriate qualities, attitudes, ethics and values
  2. Subject knowledge and understanding
  3. Intellectual and academic capabilities
  4. Suitability for the course

These criteria will be applied through all aspects of the selection process including your personal statement, references, formal interview and how your present yourself on the day.

We will be making judgments on your capability to meet the Teachers’ Standards over the course of the 3-year degree programme. In addition, we have the responsibility to ensure that you have the health and physical capacity to train to teach as set out in the Education (Health Standards) (England) Regulations 2003 and the Fit to Teach assessment. 

If you are successful you will be required to obtain the Disclosure and Barring Service record (DBS).

Your interview process will ensure that you have the intellectual and academic capabilities to train to teach.


Preparation for Interview

In order to prepare for the interview, all applicants for BEd Secondary Education with Science and Maths are asked to:

  1. Accept your interview invitation
  2. Access /read the National Curriculum for Science available here and Maths available here 
  3. Complete the Education Assessment

The assessment document listed above should be scanned and emailed to at least 7 days before your interview date. We look forward to meeting you!


Interview structure

Time Activity
9.00am-9.15am Arrival at Main Reception - met by Student Ambassadors, refreshments and registration

Introduction to the BEd Secondary Education with Science and Maths (With QTS) programme

Introduction to the BEd Secondary Education with Science and Maths (With QTS) programme

9.45am-10.00am Campus Tour
10.00am-12.00pm Individual Presentation
12.00pm-12.45pm Lunch
12.45pm-4.00pm Individual/ group interviews