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Have you been invited to PGCE interview at Leeds Trinity University? Congratulations! Our Senior PGCE​ Lecturer​, Ed Podesta, shares his interview advice so you arrive feeling well-prepared and confident:

​Secondary interview process for University-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.

The PGCE secondary interview process comprises of a subject interview and a subject knowledge test. You may also have a tour of campus if you wish. If your subject interviews are held in a school, you'll also be expected to plan and lead an activity or discussion with a group of pupils.

Interview times will vary according to the venue. Some venues may require candidates to arrive as early as 8.00am. Details of your arrival time and the content of the day will be sent to each candidate in advance. 

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.

We would recommend that you prepare for the subject knowledge assessment by finding out about the National Curriculum for England, attempting some GCSE and ‘A’ Level examination papers and reading some recent Ofsted subject reports.

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

Download your Subject Knowledge Audit

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 admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk​.

Important information for applicants

Once you've been invited to an Interview Day, you'll need to:

  • ​​​Let us know if you'll be attending by responding to admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk. Ensure you inform us of any disability needs you may have so that we can best support you on the Interview Day.
  • Can't attend your scheduled subject interview day? Let us know immediately at admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk 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.