PGCE Primary interviews

This page contains all of the information to prepare you for interview when applying for one of our PGCE Primary programmes.

Many of the programmes have specific pre-work that is required; please ensure you read the information included within all of the tabs below to fully prepare for your interview.

Please note all applicant interviews for 2021 entry will take place through Zoom meetings.

If you have any queries regarding your interview booking, please contact our Course Enquiries and Interviews Team by emailing interviewtostudy@plymouth.ac.uk. 

In addition, our Admissions Team is here to support you and answer any questions you may have regarding your application. Drop us an email at applications@plymouth.ac.uk.

Alternatively make a call to the Student Recruitment and Admissions Department to talk to either team using +44(0)1752 585858.

In preparation, we would like you to complete the following:

Task one

We would like you to write briefly about the relevance of your degree studies to teaching in order that we can consider ways in which your previous experience might make you a suitable candidate for the programme. In doing this you might consider what you gained from your higher education experience which will be of use to you as a teacher of young children.

The account need not be very long but it should indicate all of the ways in which you think your particular educational background has prepared you for this role. You will need to make connections with the relevant curriculum but you should not feel that you need to restrict yourself to that. 


Task two

Please visit the Guardian website and read the article 'Schools of thought: can mindfulness lessons boost child mental health?'.

Please read the article, read around the main ideas and come to the interview day ready to discuss your thoughts and share any additional reading you may have completed during a group discussion task.

Please ensure you send copies of your documents/certificates (scan or good quality photo) to admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 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.


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 admissions@plymouth.ac.uk prior to your interview date.

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.


How soon will I hear after interview?

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


Accommodation

If you are offered a place on the course 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 www.plymouth.ac.uk/accommodation.

What are the costs for college or school placements?

Most costs incurred for transport and living costs in respect of placements can be claimed back. Students will be expected to contribute towards utility bills and food if placed with a family.


Can I organise my own teaching placement?

No, we organise your placements in our partner schools and colleges. 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 www.plymouth.ac.uk/money. Information about how to apply for government help with paying your fees is available via www.gov.uk/studentfinance.

Message from the Programme Leader

Congratulations on being invited to a Skype/Zoom interview for one of our PGCE Primary programmes. On this page we have provided information regarding the format of the interview 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 process is also an opportunity for you to get to know us, so there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

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

Best wishes,

Kelly Davis