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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. 

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. 

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

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

9.15am – 9.45am: Introduction to the BEd Secondary Education with Science and Maths (with QTS) programme


9:45 – 10am                                 Campus Tour

 10.15am-12pm   Individual Presentation

12pm – 1pm                                 Lunch


1 – 4pm                                          Individual/group interviews