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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Zoe   Leeds

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Hi all

I will be going for an interview in early august for a PGCE in chemistry for secondary education at the University of Leeds.

I wondered if anyone has attended an interview here, in this subject area or for this level of education and wo... read more »

Jon   Sheffield

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

I found out today that I've been invited for an interview at Sheffield Hallam next week. I'm looking forward to it but pretty nervous at the same time. Anyone know what their interview procedure is like?

Becky Smith   Dewsbury

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

I have my in-service PGCE in Functional Skills interview on Thursday. Extremely nervous as I need the qualification for the job I took in April.
Hadn't realised quite how competitive the course was and now worrying!

Sarah Freeman   Stourbridge

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Hi, have got my interview (history) this week but am completly confused!! The presentation I have to do is on showing the relationship between the rulers and ruled, the crown and parliament or the development of democracy. Instructions are to pick a ... read more »

sam   reading

Friday, May 14th, 2010

i have secondary PGCE(science) interview in reading. have anyone attended a science interview there? how was it and any advices pls?

Rhianne   Sheffield

Friday, May 7th, 2010

many thanks for these tips. I have just had my interview and have been asked to go back because although they saw potential in me, they need to see I have the confidence to not only stand up in front of children and speak, but adults too, something I... read more »

Kayleigh   Cheltenham

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

My interview is this thursday and i will be wearing something i have already worn at work experience, a smart shift dress with colour to show personality. in the email regarding the interview they said there will be a test of your command of written ... read more »

Rhian   Cardiff

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Where any of you asked to complete any tasks? What were they?

Steph   Milton Keynes

Monday, February 8th, 2010

I was told to dress smartly (I'm going for black knee length pencil skirt, court shoes, and a grey and white striped fitted shirt) but then to show your individuality by adding a smart accessorie like a neckscarf or a colourful necklace or bag. If ev... read more »

Chris   London

Monday, February 8th, 2010

I have my interview this afternoon and am fairly nervous. I've decided to wear an office shirt with suit trousers and shoes. No tie and a smart casual jacket. I'll feel comfortable and at the same time not feel over dressed.

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