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.
Applicants are asked to arrive at 9:00 am. The
latest you will be able to leave is 4pm
Please note that parents, family and friends are
welcome to attend the talks but must leave the candidates for their
interviews and tasks.
York St John University Welcome
Talk (25 minutes)
Activity (45 minutes)
Candidates will be asked to bring a resource to
the interview day which they could use to support teaching and
learning for an age of their choosing, but within the age range
of their chosen course. Candidates will be given 4 minutes to
present to a tutor and a small group of other candidate. This very
brief presentation must cover:
- The resource and why they chose it
- The target age and area of learning.
- How they would use this to support learning and teaching.
- What learning they would expect to result from its use.
Each candidate must also be prepared to
ask a question of another candidate about their
resource/presentation and be prepared to answer questions about
their own presentation. The focus throughout is on teaching and
above all, pupils’ learning that demonstrates their experience and
understanding of primary education.
The resource can be of your choosing but must
- Easily transportable
- Used with no set up time
- Engaging and have potential for supporting outstanding
teaching to promote outstanding learning for pupils
- Used with no special requirements such as IT, electricity,
water supply etc. as there will not be the facilities or time in
the context of a group interview.
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.
Head of Programme talk (45
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.
Individual interview (30
In addition to the core questions there will be
two elements of the individual interview that candidates can
prepare in advance.
Teaching video – this short
extract showing effective teaching will be shown in the morning
allowing you some time over lunch to reflect on what you have seen
before answering related questions about the teaching and learning
observed in the individual interview after lunch. Please note that
the video will only be shown in the morning and there will be no
access to the video or information about it before the
Portfolio – you will be asked to
bring a small portfolio reflecting aspects
of your school experience. This could include:
- A record of how much time spent in school(s) and the range of
activities, year groups, context etc that you have
- No more than three examples of effective
lessons that you have been involved in – one piece of
evidence per lesson. This evidence may be photos,
children’s work, planning, written reflections. You may wish to
include examples from different school and/or age groups.
- You should aim to show how the teaching impacted on the
- A testimonial(s) from the school(s) that verify your experience
and comment on your engagement and performance. Please note, we
will follow up these testimonials with the schools.
Please focus on quality not quantity for
the portfolios and be able to discuss the contents in some
depth based on your experience.
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
- 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
Take the time to prepare thoroughly by looking at
both the criteria you will be assessed against on the day:
For further information surrounding the Primary
Education interviews please see: