Primary Education BA (Hons)
The interview procedure for the Primary Education
degree programme aims to give us an overview of your academic
potential for an Honours degree and your potential to become an
excellent teacher. We want to see the best of you and want to
make you feel as relaxed as possible so that you are able to show
us your true potential.
Prior to your interview we will have read your
UCAS form but this is all we know about you. It is up to
you to make your personal statement come alive during your
time with us.
During the interview process we are keen to see/hear:
- Reference to recent and relevant experience in schools/early
- Reference to other experiences with children and relevant
skills you may have learnt from part time work, gap years,
- Your ability to reflect on these experiences and what you have
learned from them.
- A lively and engaging personality.
- Smart appearance.
- Confident and articulate communication, using standard
Head of Programme talk (30
We will outline the expectations and structure
of the programme so that you have an overview of the different
modules, assessments, school experiences etc. You will have
the opportunity to ask questions after the session.
Written task (20 -
You will asked to complete a short written
task. These will be marked by your interviewer so that
we can identify any support that may be needed should you be
accepted onto the course.
Additional Modern Foreign Languages
task (10 mins)
If you are interested in our opportunities to
teach abroad during your final year you will be offered the
opportunity to complete a short written task in French, German or
Spanish so that your suitability can be assessed.
Group activity (30 mins)
As a teacher you will often be expected to
work as a team. During this activity you will have
opportunities to demonstrate your ability to work as part of a
team, generate creative and imaginative ideas and demonstrate your
knowledge of experience in schools, the curriculum and how children
Individual interview (15
You will be interviewed by a University tutor
or a Head teacher who works in partnership with the
University. The questions you will be asked will be broad
enough to enable you to demonstrate your knowledge and
understanding of learning and teaching. You should also show
anything else to the interviewer that you may have brought with you
(eg references, samples of work). You will also have the
opportunity to ask questions.
Interview times are allocated on the day
and those travelling the furthest distances can be given earlier
time slots. You will be free to leave after your individual
For further information surrounding the Primary Education
interviews please see: