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PGCE Secondary Education

PGCE Secondary Education Interviews - Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Religious Education.

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 campus tour around the University
  • Find out more about the course and meet tutors and other trainees

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. You will have an individual interview with a member of staff who works 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. 

If you are successful you will be required to obtain the Disclosure and Barring Service record (DBS) and complete the online health assessment. if you accept an offer Admissions will be in touch to guide you through completing these checks.

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 PGCE Secondary Education are asked to:

  1. Accept your interview invitation
  2. Plan for your presentation (see details below)
  3. Prepare your learning plan (see details below)
  4. Access /read the National Curriculum for your subject and examination specifications for your subject 
  5. Complete the Subject Knowledge Assessment
  6. Complete the Education Assessment

The 2 assessment documents listed above should be scanned and emailed to at least 7 days before your interview date. Sometimes interview invitations are sent with less than 7 days to go to an interview; if this applies to you please return completed assessment no later than 48 hours before your interview.

We look forward to meeting you!

Interview structure

PGCE Secondary PE

Time Activity

Arrival at Main Reception- met by Student Ambassadors,

refreshments and registration


Introduction to programmes


BEd & PGCE PE Campus tour led by student ambassadors


Practical teaching session for BEd and PGCE PE candidates




Formal individual interviews, including lesson plan



Non PE PGCE Secondary Subjects


Arrival at Main Reception- met by Student Ambassadors,

refreshments and registration

9.15-9.45am Introduction to programmes
9.45-10.15am PGCE candidates taken on a 30 minute campus tour
10.15-12pm Individual presentations (see below for guidance)
12-1pm Lunch
1-4pm Formal individual interviews, including lesson plan discussion




Presentation guidance

  • Create a 10-minute presentation which explores the place of your subject within the National Curriculum
  • You should address how you would engage students in your subject area
  • Presentations could be created in the following formats: PowerPoint, Prezzi, Google slides, Word document or other suitable media


Learning plan guidance

  • Devise a learning plan suitable for KS3 or KS4 students for an aspect of your subject area which promotes learning and could be delivered within a 45 minute lesson