BEd Secondary PE

BEd Secondary PE

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 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 the day you will have the opportunity to:

  • look round the University
  • find out more about the course and meet tutors and other trainees
  • meet school leaders or teachers from our partnership schools who are also involved in the interview process

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


BEd Secondary Physical Education Interview

The Interview

The interview provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate your potential for training and the role of a teacher.  You will require a pen, in order to undertake some basic literacy and numeracy activities and appropriate sports kit (see below) for your practical assessment.  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. 

Practical Assessments

  1. Practical assessments will involve candidates taking part in a range of physical activities in the sports hall to explore physical literacy, fundamental movement capabilities and personal characteristics. Part of this will be a leadership activity where you will be given an activity to plan and deliver on the day.
  2. Subject Knowledge assessments – during the practical session you will be involved in aesthetic, athletic and game activities which will enable you to demonstrate your range of skills and understanding.

For these practical activities and subject knowledge assessments, you will need the appropriate sports kit.

  • Men:   White sports shirt, white/black shorts, socks and trainers
  • Women:   White sports shirt, white/black sports skirt/shorts, socks and trainers

These practical assessments are very important so it is essential that you are able to perform to the best of your ability.  We will not interview you if you have an injury which prevents you from undertaking these practical activities.  However, please inform us early if this is the case so that we can arrange an alternative interview date.


Literacy and Numeracy Assessment

During the day you will be given a literacy task to assess your reading and writing. You will be asked to write a short piece about the importance of Physical Education within the curriculum.

The numeracy task will focus on the type of mental arithmetic and ‘on-screen’ questions in the Skills Tests to support your preparation to take this test. 


Criteria for Assessment

You will be selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Knowledge, skills, academic background and prior experience
  2. Qualities, attitudes, ethics and values
  3. Aptitude for teaching
  4. Ability to communicate effectively

These criteria will be applied through all aspects of the day including the written activity, practical activity, leadership activity, formal interview and how your present yourself on the day.

In addition, judgements will be made on your health and physical capacity to teach as outlined by the National College of Teaching and Leadership ITT criteria 2017.


Preparation for Interview

In order to prepare for the interview, all applicants for BEd Secondary Physical Education are asked to:

  1. Prepare for the activities stated above
  2. Access /read the National Curriculum for Physical Education available here  
  3. Complete the Subject Knowledge audit
  4. Complete the Education audit

The documents listed above should be scanned and emailed to at least 7 days before your interview date.


We look forward to meeting you!