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Secondary Education interviews

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​Secondary interview process for provider-led courses

If your initial application is successful we will invite you to the next available Interview Day. These days are held throughout the year to conform with the UCAS 40 day turnaround time for applications.


Interview Day

The PGCE secondary interview process comprises of a group interview, a subject interview and a subject knowledge test. You may also have a tour of campus if you wish.

Group interview

During the group i​nterview you will be expected to lead a discussion, and contribute to discussions being led by others.
There is no specific preparation that you need to complete prior to the group interview. That said, you need to be aware that successful applicants at this stage tend to have a good awareness of the secondary education system in this country and understand the nature of the teacher’s role, often because they have spent time in schools and/or speaking with teachers and pupils. Successful applicants are personable, able to communicate clearly and succinctly and are well-presented.

Subject interview

The subject interview will consist of a written assessment of your subject knowledge, followed by an individual interview. Successful applicants at this stage tend to have strong subject knowledge and a good awareness of how their subject is taught in schools, often because they have researched the curriculum and/or spent time in schools talking with teachers and pupils. Successful applicants are personable, able to communicate clearly and succinctly and are well-presented.

Don't forget to complete the Subject Knowledge Audit and bring it to the subject interview day with you. 


Secondary interview process for SCITT and School Direct local courses

School Direct and SCITT providers will use their own interview processes and will inform you of these if you are invited to interview.

Secondary interview process for School Direct distance courses

Our School Direct distance partners choose to conduct all interview procedures within their own school cluster. They follow the Leeds Trinity University protocols, but they will liaise with successful applicants directly. Enquiries can be made to the Administration team at​.

Important information for applicants

Once you've been invited to an Interview Day, you'll need to:
  1. ​​​Let us know if you'll be attending by responding to Ensure you inform us of any disability needs you may have so that we can best support you on the Interview Day.
  2. Can't attend your scheduled subject interview day? Let us know immediately at stating your name, date of the subject interview day that you cannot attend and your reason for non-attendance. Unfortunately, because of the UCAS time restrictions, non-attenda​​​nce will normally mean that applicants have to re-apply later in the admissions cycle. If you don't contact us, we will assume that you no longer wish your application to be considered. Confirming your attendance and failing to attend your Interview Day will mean your application will be rejected by default. 
  3. Provider-led applicants must complete the Subject Knowledge Audit and bring it to the Interview Day with you. Download the Subject Knowledge Audits
  4. SCITT and School Direct local applicants must download and complete Subject Knowledge Audits if they're successful at the group interview stage and take them to the school-based subject interview.