Sample PGCE Interview Questions

Below is a list of sample questions you may be asked during your PGCE interview. You should be prepared for many scenarios as Universtities may hold differrent types of interview, this can include one on one or group interviews.

Feel free to add your own questions from the interviews you have had in the Comments below.

  • How does your degree relate to National Curriculum requirements?
  • Where do you think the gaps are in your knowledge?
  • Do you have any plans to address those gaps?
  • Talk me through your choice of undergraduate modules or 'A' level/access courses.
  • Why did you choose .............................?
  • Which subject did you find most challenging?
  • Which module do you find most inspiring?
  • How did you decide upon ........................... as the topic for your dissertation or course work?
  • What are the key things you have learned from doing it?
  • How could you make that topic accessible to children?
  • What aspect of .................. (subject) do you feel most confident in?
  • Why is that your best area?
  • How could you improve in that area?
  • How do you keep up to date with advances in the field?
  • What books/journals/papers do you read?
  • Which websites have you used?
  • What motivates you to keep up?
  • What ideas have you gained from other people for keeping up?
  • Have you had experience of teaching children in your subject?
  • What age were the children?
  • How did you come to teach them?
  • What were the challenges?
  • How could you make ...................... (subject) interesting to children?
  • What ideas have you had a chance to try?
  • Remembering your own schooling, what worked most/least effectively then?
  • Why do you think that approach would work?
  • What made you apply to this course?
  • Which other courses did you consider?
  • How do you see this course as different?
  • What aspects of the course are you most excited about?
  • What made you choose a postgraduate route into teaching?
  • When did you begin to think about becoming a teacher?
  • To what extent did you consider teaching when you first applied to university?
  • What aspects of PGCE are you most looking forward to?
  • Why is that?
  • What will you bring to the course?
  • Which areas of the course do you feel you will have to work at most?
  • What makes you say that?
  • How do your skills in ........... compare to your peers?
  • How will you address your weaker areas?
  • What sorts of schools would you like to work in?
  • Why is that
  • What experience have you had of those schools?
  • What sort of schools would you prefer not to work in?
  • Why would you make a good teacher?
  • What makes you say that?
  • What feedback have you had from other people?
  • What factors have led to you choosing teaching as a career?
  • What other careers have you considered?
  • Which aspect of teaching do you like least?
  • Give an example of a good lesson you observed in a school visit. What did you notice about the way it was run?
  • How did the children react?
  • What did you learn from it?
  • Did you have a chance to speak to the children? What did they say about it?
  • Comment on an educational issue that interest you.
  • How have you heard about it?
  • What weaknesses will you need to work on to make a successful teacher?
  • How have you identified those?
  • How do you plan to address these?
  • Why do you want to work with children?
  • What is the hardest thing to manage about working with children?
  • What experience have you had of working with children?
  • Why have you chosen this particular age range to teach?

This Information provided by Durham University.


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kelly   london

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

hi, I have an interview with UEL next week for primary PGCE. Any tips on likely questions/test. Really nervous

Alfred   London

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Ive heard that Im going to have to do Numeracy, Literacy and ICT Tests during my PGCE Interviews before I get accepted onto the PGCE course, is this true? If yes, then, Please can someone tell me what Maths, Literacy and ICT Topics will most likely c... read more »

Ross   Newcastle

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Anyone been successful getting a pgce place for sports course? Any have you any good advice?

shauna   manchester

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

I have my PGCE Business Education interview in a few days, any hints or tips of what I may be asked??


Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Need some help plssss...Got an pgce test on monday lasting 3hrs, can anyone tell me what its i about or what it consists of?

Alice   Greenwich

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Help!!!!! I have a interview in greenWichita uni for the Pgce primary, does anyone know what the literacy task is???

OGB   London

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

There is great competition for PGCE courses these days, probably because it is the only postgraduate study still funded. It is just a matter of luck, if they like you they will pick you. No need to worry before hand, go to your interview, use some se... read more »

Nige   Caernarfon

Friday, April 1st, 2011

A few guys I studied undergrad with informed me that there are a large contingent of muppets on their PGCE course. This information has spurred me on no end- I hope it inspires you too (so long as you're not a muppet).

Sandra 48   durham

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

I have my interview at durham on the 7th april for maths can anyone help. really frightned always let myself down.

Lizzie   Broadstairs

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

I had my interview for Primary PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University in January, and I've been accepted. So I thought I'd let you know how my interview went:
First we did our CRB document checks, then we had a talk about the course and had our... read more »

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