PGCE (Incorporating the Diploma in Education and Teaching) interviews

Please note all applicant interviews will now take place by Skype or Zoom. If you have already booked an interview with us, please be assured we will be in contact to offer an alternative arrangement. Our Admissions Team is here to support you and answer any questions you may have. You can give us a call on +44 1752 585858 or drop us an email at

Please ensure you send copies of your documents/certificates (scan or good quality photo) to before your Skype or Zoom interview. If you have been successful in your application, we will ask you to submit your original documents when you start your course.

On the day of your Skype or Zoom interview you must show photo ID with you. Examples of photo ID includes: your passport, driving licence, bus pass or school/college ID.

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.

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 undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure. Further details on this is below.

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.

What do the writing task, literacy and numeracy test assess?

The literacy and numeracy tests will ascertain your current level of skill in these areas. The writing task helps us to assess your ability to write without time for preparation.

How soon will I hear after interview?

We aim to let you know within two weeks of the interview.

What happens after my interview?

If successful at your initial interview with the PGCE team, you will be contacted to arrange a placement interview at a local college. In preparation for this, you should research the programmes on offer at the college and identify those which you have the necessary subject specialist knowledge to teach. This will help you to demonstrate your potential to undertake an initial teacher training placement at the college.


If you are offered a place on the programme, you may need accommodation whilst in Plymouth. The University does have halls and other forms of accommodation for postgraduate students. However, you may prefer to arrange your accommodation in shared housing with other PGCE students.

The benefits of this are:
  • you all have similar workloads
  • you may be able to share transport to college or school placements
  • you are able to talk about your experiences and share knowledge.
Any questions you have regarding accommodation should be directed to our accommodation office. Further information and contact details are available via

What are the costs for placements?

Should students incur travel costs in order to arrive and depart placement at the appropriate times AND if the travel costs exceed their normal commute to campus from term-time address, then the University provides funds early on in the placement. Additionally, if the commute to placement is deemed in excess of that which would be considered practical, then students may be provided with an allowance for accommodation. The exact figures will be made available during the induction week.

Can I organise my own teaching placement?

No, we organise your placements in our partner colleges and other teaching organisations. If you have specific needs and/or caring responsibilities, you are advised to discuss these with the placements team and your professional tutor at the start of the course and they will be taken into consideration.

Funding and finance

Currently PGCE students are entitled to apply for a student loan/grant in the same way as you would for a first degree to cover student fees and living costs while on the course. Further information regarding our tuition fees and bursaries, including contact details for our Student Funding Unit, is available via Information about how to apply for government help with paying your fees is available via

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 prior to your interview date.

Message from the Programme Leader

Congratulations on being invited to interview for our PGCE/Cert Ed (Incorporating the Diploma in Education and Training) programme. On this page we have provided information regarding the format of the Zoom interview.

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.

The interview is an opportunity for us to see if you have the potential to undertake an Initial Teacher Education course.

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

Best wishes,

Dr Russell Shobrook