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Your Interview Day at the University of Chester will include the following:

  • A presentation by a member of staff which provides information on the University of Chester and details relating to the BA QTS Programme including: structure; learning and teaching strategies; assessment arrangements; School-Based Learning (SBL); accommodation; support services. 
  • A two minute presentation by you using an object or resource of your choice that is important to you. Presenting information is a key role for a teacher so, think about how you will approach the delivery of the presentation. Within your presentation ensure that you justify why you chose the object/resource. Please feel free to bring prompt cards, but please do not just read from your notes or use PowerPoint. You will sit with a group of other applicants who will listen to your presentation and then you will be asked questions. Interviewers will make notes on your presentation skills, e.g. eye contact, delivery and the ways in which you have structured your presentation to make it interesting to your audience.
  • An individual interview which will last approximately 20 minutes. You will be asked a small number of questions which are intended to find out about you, your previous experiences and your reasons for wanting to be a primary or early years teacher. There is also a question on an educational issue which is explained further in your invitation letter. You will also be able to ask questions about any aspect of our BA QTS Programme and the University of Chester.
  • A short group activity which should demonstrate your ability to work in a team.

After the interview, all the information we have gathered from your application form, presentation, group activity and individual interview will be reviewed against the primary/early years programme selection criteria. The discussion will be a balanced one and the process allows for one area not scoring as highly as all the others. 

If you are offered and accept a place on our BA QTS Programme, tasks and reading to help you prepare for the programme will be sent out before the start of the academic year.

Timetable

12:30 - 12:45 Registration
12:45 - 13:15 Welcome and Introductory Talk
13:15 - 13:40 Accommodation and Finance Talk (Optional)
13:50 - 14:35 Presentations, Discussion and Groups Activity
14:45 - 16:30 Interviews

Location

The Faculty of Education and Children’s Services is based at the Riverside Campus and this is where you will register for your interview.

Riverside Campus is accessible via the A5116/Liverpool Road, A56/Hoole Way, A51 and A483, and a 20 minute walk from Chester Railway Station. It also takes just 5 minutes to walk from the campus to the centre of Chester.

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