PGCE Interview Tips

PGCE Interviews are pretty daunting, and nerves can easily get the better of you if you're not well prepared. Below is a selection of useful tips from Teachers and students that have been there and gone through the interview process. Some people sail through with confidence, others mess it up first time, but try again, more determined than ever.

If you have any tips you would like to share please add them in the Comments below.

  1. Read around the education sector, to ensure you are up to speed with all current issues. Check our News Feeds for the latest educational news.
  2. Be Honest! You are not expected to know everything, though you should have done enough preparation to ensure you can answer the majority of the questions asked. If you are unsure ask them to clarify the question, if you don't know, tell them that you don't know.
  3. Look smart, but do not overdress, you may see people turning up casually dressed, but being smart will give you the confidence, and present a good impression. For PE courses check that if you will need appropriate dress for activities. (don NOT wear jeans!)
  4. Read the sample PGCE Interview Questions, for a flavour of what you may be asked.
  5. Be prepared to reveal your opinions, ideas and attitudes.
  6. Reflect on your teaching experience, and apply it to your answers.
  7. Group Tasks - ensure that you are seen to be taking an active part in any activities, do not be too agressive, but take leadership if you have the chance.
  8. Try to avoid a simple question/answer format, expand on any given questions, using your experience and knowledge of education issues (see tip 1).
  9. Take with you a bag containing, certificates, notepad, pens, evidence of experience and any material given to you prior to the interview. Take a drink (you'll need it) and a small snack, just in case.
  10. If asked about hobbies, try to link them back to education and teaching.
  11. Try to get across your passion for your subject and teaching, this is a key area that you are being tested on.


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James   London

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

I have been invited to PGCE Secondary Interview May,at UEL Docklands, does any one know what i should be expecting

Az   Birmimgham

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Hi, Iv been invited to an interview at Univeristy college birmingham in feb and im very nervous as they want me to visit a school in the morning and do a task with the kids. Then it will be followed by group interviews and tests at the uni!!! I absol... read more »

neelz   london

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Hi everyone,

I have an interview at Middlesex University for a PGCE in Primary School. I was wondering if anyone has had one yet? Any tips. Also I think there may be some sort of presentation, what sort of issues would that involve?

A. Strawheed   Mickley

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

It's more exciting if you take them in the woods

Conor   Newcastle

Monday, November 28th, 2011


liked the advice. Is anyone here going for Durham secondary maths interview? Or have they done it recently?

stephanie   cardiff

Friday, May 20th, 2011

ill be honest, i seriously do not think they will care about your dress sense. just be yourself.

chrissy   norwich

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Has anyone got any advice for a science interview? As I have mine at the UEA for secondary PGCE IN chemistry

Sadia   Manchester

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Hi I have been invited to an interview for at Liverpool Hope Uni and they would like me to read a passage from a children's literature. Does anyone know what they will be looking for? Do they mean 'just reading in a creative , expressive way', or tea... read more »

Aly   Kent

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Hello I have been invited to PGCE Primary Interview in Feb, any help or suggestions please. Have to do a basic Maths GCSE test....I haven't done Maths GCSE in over 10 years!!

Elaine   Norfolk

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

I'm expecting to go for a secondary Science interview soon, and I've been advised by a teching CPD mogul NOT to wear a suit. I will be wearing what I normally teach in (bootleg trousers, POLISHED flat shoes and a casual-smart tunic top or blouse, wit... read more »

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