PGCE Secondary interviews

This page contains all of the information you require prior to your interview. However, if there are any questions you may have that are not answered on this page please email educationinterviews@plymouth.ac.uk or call +44 1752 585858.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses, when required, are designed for initial teacher training (ITT) applicants to gain the depth of knowledge needed to train to teach their chosen subject. SKE course length may vary between 8-28 weeks. Course attendance and length is determined at interview by a member of academic staff in your chosen subject pathway. Successful completion of your SKE course will form part of the conditions of entry to your PGCE programme. Department for Education’s Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Guide.

Message from the Programme Lead

Congratulations on being invited to interview for one of our PGCE Secondary programmes. On this page we have provided information regarding the format of the day and tasks we would like you to complete in advance. It is vital that you are prepared and are able to talk about these tasks when you meet us.

The interview is designed to ensure that:

  • equality of opportunity is promoted and discrimination avoided
  • the nature and atmosphere of the interviews and discussions reflects the programme ethos and aims.

You should be aware of National Curriculum requirements and developments in the GCSE and A level Specifications in your chosen subject area. Details of the relevant Secondary National Curriculum can be found at the GOV.UK website.

You may like to arrange visits to local schools before interview, so that you can discuss your observations of teaching and learning. This is not a requirement.

During your interview day you will be asked to complete a placement registration form. This is not part of the interview decision but gives applicants the opportunity to outline specific circumstances which may affect their school placements whilst on the programme.

We look forward to meeting you at your interview and if you should need any help or assistance please do contact us.

Best wishes,

Matthew Wharf

Programme of the day

10.30 – arrival and registration, to include the checking of your documents

10.45 – writing task

11.30 – subject talk

12.00 – lunch

13.00 – subject specialism Interviews

16.00 – approximate finish time depending on number of interviews taking place on the day.

For details on arrival location please see your invite to interview letter and/or email.