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PGCE Secondary Education

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

We look forward to welcoming you to Plymouth Marjon University for your virtual 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 virtual 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 virtual 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 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 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. We look forward to meeting you!

Interview structure

  • 9.00am-9.45am – Online Programme introduction via Microsoft Teams

This will be followed by your individual online Teams interview at the time shown on your invitation.

Presentation guidance

  • Create a 10-minute presentation which explores the place of your subject within the National Curriculum
  • You should also address how you would engage students in your subject area
  • Presentations will be shared with the interviewer at the start of the interview
  • 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