PGCE Primary Full-time & Part-time
The York St John University PGCE interview
process is designed to give academic staff and school partnership
colleagues an opportunity to meet with prospective students to find
out why they have applied for the course and to discuss in more
detail the information provided on their application form. It
also gives applicants an opportunity to talk about themselves
and to demonstrate their practical and academic skills relevant to
the programme through a variety of tasks.
Assessments are made during the day regarding the
- Commitment to, experience and understanding of primary
- Personal and intellectual qualities
- Ability to communicate effectively with adults and children in
a school context
These assessments are made through group and
individual interviews. There is also an opportunity during
the day to tour the campus.
As part of your interview day, you will also be
involved in a short teaching task. You will be placed in a small
group (6 maximum) and will be allocated 8 minutes in which you have
to teach the other members of your group something new. It can be
absolutely anything and may be a skill or interest you already
have. It is up to you to decide about how and what to teach
but it should not be aimed at primary level teaching as you will be
teaching adults. Examples of a teaching task might be how to
make a serviette place setting, how to snorkel, a card game, how to
survive an overnight hike, or learning a new song.
The short amount of time available to you will
limit the nature of the task. You may bring any simple resources to
help you but these may not be necessary in many circumstances.
There will be some floor space, tables and chairs if needed and the
task will take place in a general teaching room. The facility
for PowerPoint presentations will not be
available. During the task an interviewer will assess a number of
personal attributes and the potential you demonstrate to succeed on
Interviewers will consider:
- presence/personality/aptitude for teaching
- creativity of ideas/approach
- communication skills
- effectiveness/ability to engage group
You will find a paper attached to your
invitation, also available here.
At the beginning of your individual interview you will be asked to
reflect on the issues raised in this paper in a 5 minute
presentation. In the presentation we will consider your ability to
discuss the topic in an analytical and critical way. You may wish
to prepare by reading further about the topic to discuss different
perspectives on the issue. The interviewer may ask questions to
develop this further.
Again the facility for PowerPoint presentations
will not be
How you'll be assessed
Applicants will be assessed and
scored consistently across the following 2 areas with each
section scored separately.
Group Task Criteria
Individual Interview Criteria
Each applicant scores out
of 80, this will then be used to determine the decision from
the interview. In some instances this will mean scores will need to
be compared against the following interview.
Please take the time to look at
the criteria you will be assessed against on each of
the two sections to the interview.
For further information surrounding the PGCE
Primary interviews please see: