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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Suki   Woolwich

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

I have an interview with greenwich University for a PGCE life long learning DTLLS. Does any one know what kind of questions they ask and what tasks they give you.

Helen   Ireland

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Hi everyone:) Have my first PGCE interview for general primary in Univeristy of Cumbria. Finding it very difficult to choose a current issue to talk about, any advice?? Also has anyone else had an interview in Cumbria, any tips on what i should expec... read more »


Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

10 minutes micro teaching without any visual aids, how should i go about it. What are they actually looking for?

Lila   Bradford

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

I too have an interview next week for a place at Huddersfield uni and i've also been asked to take a portfolio to my interview.
How did your interview go Anthony?

Anthony   Leeds

Monday, March 15th, 2010

I have my interview tomorrow over in Huddersfield. I'm just prepping on questions I may be asked but you never know what to expect. They have asked me to bring my portfolio in graphics so it should be interesting...

Ellie   Northamptom

Friday, February 26th, 2010

I had my interview on Wednesday and it went better then expected! however i was shaking all the way through! all the people who were interviewing were lovely and every one is soooo nervouse as you are all in the same boat! Good luck everyone! :-)

Leila   Ireland

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Hey Guys.
I'm really worried I wont gain a place on the Postgrad in primary course, I've applied in one of the London Uni's but have heard very little back. Just wondering where ye long waiting to hear from them?

Ben   London

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

I have my interview on Wednesday for PE at UEL. Any tips?

carol   manchester

Friday, February 19th, 2010

The interview for PGCE is fine, the trouble is there is so much competition now. I've worked abroad for years and worked as a TA in schools here and didn't get accepted. So I think it is if they like you personally. good luck!

Melanie   London

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Glad I've looked at this. My interview for King's is next week and I'm terrified!

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