If you've applied to study Secondary Education at Leeds Trinity University, and have met the entry criteria, you will be invited to attend an interview.
Once you have completed your interview we will be able to make a decision about your offer.
We are currently conducting all our PGCE Secondary interviews by telephone.
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
The PGCE secondary interview process comprises of a subject interview and a subject knowledge test.
Interview times will vary. Details of your interview time and the content 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 email it to us along with the Subject Knowledge Test.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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-attendance 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.