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Essential preparation for your interview: PGCE (Eatock Lead Partner)

This page has been created to give you all the information you need to prepare for your interview. It is essential that you read all the sections carefully. Please make sure you’re reading the right guidance for the Lead Partner you have applied to as there may be variations between different Lead partners.

This page covers:

  • PGCE Primary Early Years Education with QTS (Eatock Lead Partner)
  • PGCE Primary Education with QTS (Eatock Lead Partner)

Important information

  • Your interview will be conducted face to face at Eatock Primary School (St George’s Ave, Westhoughton, BL5 2ER).
  • You should now have received an email from our Admissions Team with the date and time of your interview. If you do not think you have received this, please contact our Admissions Team
  • You need to confirm that you will be available for your interview by completing our interview reply form.
  • Please have with you your original photographic ID (i.e. current valid passport or photo-card driving licence). Your ID will be checked prior to the start of the process. If you do not have suitable ID on the day, you may not be able to take part in the interview and may have to reschedule for an alternative date.
A teacher speaking to a group of primary school children in a classroom.

What we’re looking for

The interview has been structured to enable you to demonstrate your commitment to becoming a teacher and your enthusiasm for education. You need to show that you can engage in discussion, contributing both as a speaker and as a listener. You will also be given the opportunity to demonstrate the contribution that you could make to the PGCE programme and, ultimately, to the education of children.

Throughout the interview process we will be looking for you to demonstrate:

  • a commitment to and enthusiasm for working with children,
  • strong verbal and written communication skills,
  • the personal attributes and values required to train as a teacher,
  • the ability to reflect on experiences and the learning taken from these.

Our aim at interview is to be able to identify the highest quality candidates. Therefore, performance in all aspects of the interview will be taken into consideration:

  • Interview tasks (including the written and maths tasks)
  • Individual interview

Things to do before your interview

It is essential that you:

  • dress appropriately. You should present yourself as a future professional.
  • have read all the information on this page and made a note of the items you need to have with you and any questions that you want to ask during your interview.
  • have thought about, and can explain, why you want to teach children in the Early Years or Primary age range (dependent on the course you’ve applied for).
  • have familiarised yourself with current educational issues. Useful publications include:
A pupil stands alongside a teacher while her work is marked in a primary school classroom.

What to expect on the day of your interview

  • You should allow approximately 2 hours for the interview process. Please note on the day this may vary

The interview will consist of:

  • A written task: you will be asked to complete a short, written task whereby you need to answer a given question (pens and paper will be provided).
  • A Maths task: you will answer a series of Maths-related questions. Please bring a device (eg mobile phone) which allows you to scan a QR code.
  • An individual interview: you will be required to answer a series of questions designed to assess your suitability for the course.

What to have with you on the day

Photographic ID
Evidence of Qualifications
A Mobile Phone

If you have any questions about your ID or qualifications, please contact our Admissions Team via email prior to your interview.

Any questions?

We look forward to meeting you at your interview. If you have any questions or special requirements that you would like to discuss with us prior to your interview, you can contact us in the following ways: