Sample PGCE Interview Questions

Below is a list of sample questions you may be asked during your PGCE interview. You should be prepared for many scenarios as Universtities may hold differrent types of interview, this can include one on one or group interviews.

Feel free to add your own questions from the interviews you have had in the Comments below.

  • How does your degree relate to National Curriculum requirements?
  • Where do you think the gaps are in your knowledge?
  • Do you have any plans to address those gaps?
  • Talk me through your choice of undergraduate modules or 'A' level/access courses.
  • Why did you choose .............................?
  • Which subject did you find most challenging?
  • Which module do you find most inspiring?
  • How did you decide upon ........................... as the topic for your dissertation or course work?
  • What are the key things you have learned from doing it?
  • How could you make that topic accessible to children?
  • What aspect of .................. (subject) do you feel most confident in?
  • Why is that your best area?
  • How could you improve in that area?
  • How do you keep up to date with advances in the field?
  • What books/journals/papers do you read?
  • Which websites have you used?
  • What motivates you to keep up?
  • What ideas have you gained from other people for keeping up?
  • Have you had experience of teaching children in your subject?
  • What age were the children?
  • How did you come to teach them?
  • What were the challenges?
  • How could you make ...................... (subject) interesting to children?
  • What ideas have you had a chance to try?
  • Remembering your own schooling, what worked most/least effectively then?
  • Why do you think that approach would work?
  • What made you apply to this course?
  • Which other courses did you consider?
  • How do you see this course as different?
  • What aspects of the course are you most excited about?
  • What made you choose a postgraduate route into teaching?
  • When did you begin to think about becoming a teacher?
  • To what extent did you consider teaching when you first applied to university?
  • What aspects of PGCE are you most looking forward to?
  • Why is that?
  • What will you bring to the course?
  • Which areas of the course do you feel you will have to work at most?
  • What makes you say that?
  • How do your skills in ........... compare to your peers?
  • How will you address your weaker areas?
  • What sorts of schools would you like to work in?
  • Why is that
  • What experience have you had of those schools?
  • What sort of schools would you prefer not to work in?
  • Why would you make a good teacher?
  • What makes you say that?
  • What feedback have you had from other people?
  • What factors have led to you choosing teaching as a career?
  • What other careers have you considered?
  • Which aspect of teaching do you like least?
  • Give an example of a good lesson you observed in a school visit. What did you notice about the way it was run?
  • How did the children react?
  • What did you learn from it?
  • Did you have a chance to speak to the children? What did they say about it?
  • Comment on an educational issue that interest you.
  • How have you heard about it?
  • What weaknesses will you need to work on to make a successful teacher?
  • How have you identified those?
  • How do you plan to address these?
  • Why do you want to work with children?
  • What is the hardest thing to manage about working with children?
  • What experience have you had of working with children?
  • Why have you chosen this particular age range to teach?

This Information provided by Durham University.


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Sandra 48   durham

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

I have my interview at durham on the 7th april for maths can anyone help. really frightned always let myself down.

Lizzie   Broadstairs

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

I had my interview for Primary PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University in January, and I've been accepted. So I thought I'd let you know how my interview went:
First we did our CRB document checks, then we had a talk about the course and had our... read more »

Tahmin   London

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Hey Amy,

I have an interview on the 22nd Feb for primary education. How are you preparing for yours, I'm trying to focus on the tests we're going to have considering I haven't done maths since GCSE.

Good luck with yours.

Amy   London

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Ben London. I also have an interview at UEL but for Primary education. How did yours go?

Ive got mine in 2 weeks. Does anyone have any tips on the 5minute lesson plan we have to deliver? Any information would be useful.
Good luck everyone.

Gee   London

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Hi Becca how did your interview go?

Gee   London

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Hi everyone I have got my interview for PGCE in 2 weeks, one of the things I will be doing at the interview is an unseen essay, it is for citizenship, does anyone have any ideas on what the essay might be on?

Becca   Exeter

Monday, December 13th, 2010

I've got an interview tomorrow, only had a few days notice and have a presentation tomorrow for uni & an assignment for the end of the week, I feel so unprepared! =( The questions are really helpful though thank you!

Becca   Exeter

Monday, December 13th, 2010

I've got an interview tomorrow, only had a few days notice and have a presentation tomorrow for uni & an assignment for the end of the week, I feel so unprepared! =( The questions are really helpful though thank you!

Marion50   Northern Ireland

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Hi Nic17,

Help Help I also have an interview for Edge Hill, Want was the Maths and Sciece test like , any tips what to brush up on. Please I beg you have not covered them in twenty years.


nic17   Liverpool

Friday, November 12th, 2010

I had an interview at Edge Hill Uni it was fine, a test on Maths English Science and IT. A planning session with another interviewee and then an individual interview. Be relaxed!

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