PGCE Primary interviews
Please note that for September 2023 entry we will be hosting all PGCE Primary interviews on campus, in our Rolle building.
Welcome to our PGCE Primary  interview guidance page. 
Here you will find details on:
  • interview preparation
  • interview itinerary
  • important FAQs
  • important documents.
We hope that this helps you to prepare for your upcoming interview, but should you have any further questions please contact our interview team on interviewtostudy@plymouth.ac.uk.
Interview tasks and preparation

Interview Tasks


Task one:

Please write briefly about the relevance of your degree to teaching so that we can consider ways in which your previous experience might make you a suitable candidate.
  • What have you gained from your higher education experience?
  • How will this be of use to you as a teacher of young children?
  • Please consider connections with the relevant curriculum.

Task two:

Please read the article linked here and come to the interview day prepared to discuss your thoughts.  

After your interview

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.

FAQs

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.

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. Information about how to apply for government help with paying your fees is available via www.gov.uk/studentfinance.