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PGCE Primary interviews

PGCE Primary Interviews

We look forward to welcoming you to your interview. The interview is important for you and us as it is important that we see if you are suitable for the programme you have applied for and gives you the opportunity to see if Plymouth Marjon University is the place you would like to study.

During your interview day you will have the opportunity to:

  • Have a tour of the university
  • Find out more about the PGCE programme
  • Meet a PGCE university tutor

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 programme, please present yourself appropriately for interview.

Your interview process will ensure that you have the intellectual and academic capabilities to train to teach. We will be making judgments on your capability to meet the Teachers’ Standards over the course of the 1 year PGCE 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.

If you are successful you will be required to obtain the Disclosure and Barring Service record (DBS) and complete an online health assessment. If you are successful and firmly accept an offer, Admissions will be in touch to guide you through this process.


Recommended preparation for interview

It is not essential that candidates have school experience when they apply for a PGCE Primary Education programme, however we would recommend that candidates obtain some observation experience to ensure that teaching is the right career path for them.

You should research the National Curriculum in your subject area and/or age group. You should also be aware of changes to policy and current issues in education.


The Interview Day



8.30- 9.00am Candidates and guests arrive and register at reception.
9.00- 9.15am Welcome and refreshments in the Primary Centre
9.15- 9.45am Welcome Talk
9.45- 12.15pm 

Group and individual interviews

Guests are welcome to explore the campus, relax in Barjon or stay in the Primary Centre.

12.15- 1:30pm

Literacy test and education audit.

Guests are welcome to explore the campus, relax in Barjon or stay in the Primary Centre.

1.30- 2.00pm

Optional campus tour by Student Ambassadors


Candidates and guests depart.


Literacy Test

During the literacy test you will be asked to write a critical reflection on an article. You can read through the article in advance; the article can be found here


Individual Interview

You will be asked a number of questions which are designed to ascertain if you are a suitable candidate for teaching and for this PGCE programme. We will focus on the following areas: 

  • High expectations and commitment to realising pupil potential
  • Professional behaviour
  • The ability to reflect on your own practice and identify areas for future development.
  • Subject knowledge per se – the essential knowledge and understanding needed to teach the subject effectively
  • Pedagogy – an understanding of the teaching skills and strategies needed to teach all pupils effectively
  • How learning is linked to pupil’s development and their social, religious, ethnic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds and contexts
  • How to promote positive attitudes to pupil’s learning