Please ensure you read the article relevant to the programme you have been invited to interview for.
BEd (Hons) Primary: Foundation/Key Stage 1
If you have applied for:
- BEd (Hons) Primary (Early Childhood Studies)
Read the article from The Conversation in order to prepare for a 20 minute group discussion with other interviewees. You are encouraged to relate what you read to your current studies, your own experiences with young children as well as any other further reading you undertake. Those interviewing you will make brief notes on your contribution to the discussion as well as your interaction with others in the group. You may bring the article and any notes you wish to make to the interview.
BEd (Hons) Primary: KS1/KS2
If you have applied for:
- BEd (Hons) Primary (Art and Design)
- BEd (Hons) Primary (English)
- BEd (Hons) Primary (Humanities)
- BEd (Hons) Primary (Mathematics)
- BEd (Hons) Primary (Music)
- BEd (Hons) Primary (Science)
- BEd (Hons) Primary (Physical Education)
Please read this article on the gov.uk website.
As part of the interview procedure there will be a short discussion for you to take part in along with other candidates. You should bring along a copy of this article to the interview. You should have read the article prior to the interview and be ready to contribute to the discussion about it. Please note that there is no one thing we are looking for in relation to the piece; rather we are interested to see how you have understood it, what opinions you have about the issues involved and how you relate it to your own experience in school, as well as how you interact with other potential students.
BEd (Hons) Primary: Special Educational Needs
Watch the Special Needs Inclusion video, available at the TES website.
You should come prepared to discuss the opinions and ideas in the film, and your own opinions on the subject matter.
Please bring the following documentation with you:
- original GCSE maths, English and science certificates
- original degree certificate (if achieved and applying for a postgraduate programme)
- photocopy of your degree certificate (if achieved and applying for a postgraduate programme)
- any pre-work you have been asked to complete in your invitation letter, further details on this
work can be found on the individual subject specific interview pages.
To prepare for your interview we recommend thinking about the reasons you want to study on the course you have applied for. Current students have said they found it useful to make sure they had knowledge of some of the topical issues in the news.
Specific programmes may require more preparation, further information on this is available from the relevant course link.
Disability and dyslexia advice and support
We talk to students about disability support and any reasonable adjustments available for their programme of study. A disability can be a mental health condition, dyslexia or any other specific learning difficulty, autism, or long term medical condition – such as epilepsy or diabetes.
If you have a disability, please ensure you have read the information on our Disability Services webpage. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page and open the Disability disclosure information 2018 document.
If you require any adjustments for your interview, please email email@example.com prior to your interview date.
We aim to inform you of the outcome of your interview within ten working days.
If you are successful at interview, as part of your offer you will be required to pass the QTS Skills Test and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure. Further details on these are below.
It is advised that you complete your Skills Test as soon as possible. Visit our skills test pages for more information or to book your test please visit the Department of Education website.
Please note those applying for PGCE / CertEd (incorporating the Diploma in Education and Teaching) do not have to take the QTS Skills Test.
Dislosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure
Our courses require students to work in positions requiring public trust. In order to ensure public protection and safety, all applicants will be asked to declare any convictions or cautions against them, and to declare any pending prosecutions. This can be done on the UCAS application form.
Enhanced disclosures will be made on all students when they hold conditional firm or unconditional firm status. You will be sent details of how to complete the check online as part of your offer, with details of how to do so at this point. This process must be completed, even if a check has recently been completed for another organisation. All information is treated in the utmost confidence.
A disclosure which contains details of an offence does not automatically preclude study on one of our courses. We operate a Professional Issues Committee which will consider each case individually and confidentially. In all instances the committee is assessing whether the disclosure would prevent an applicant from going on placement or obtaining employment on graduation.
How do I book my interview?
Upon successful submission of your application, you will be sent an email with a unique link to our online booking system. You can use our online system to select an interview date that best suits your availability.
If you have not received this email, please be sure to check your junk or clutter folders.
What if I need to reschedule my interview after I have booked onto one?
You can change, move or reschedule your interview at any stage using the online booking system. If you are unable to attend any of the dates shown, then please do email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 1752 585858
What if I have applied for more than one specialism?
If you have applied for more than one BEd pathway with us you will be able to have both interviews on days that we are running both morning and afternoon interviews. Please make sure to book one interview in the morning and the second in the afternoon.A personal schedule will be given to you at registration which will detail the order of your specialism interviews.
How soon will I hear after my interview?
We aim to let you know the outcome of your interview within two weeks.
What happens after my interview?
If you are successful at interview your offer will be conditional on meeting the academic requirements for the course, satisfactory health and DBS checks. For further information please visit the Department of Education website.