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Prior to your interview, you will be sent a presentation by a member of staff which provides information on the University of Chester and details relating to the PGCE Primary Programme including: structure; learning and teaching strategies; assessment arrangements; School-Based Learning (SBL); accommodation; support services.

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

  • 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 use prompt cards, but please do not just read from your notes or use PowerPoint. Two tutors 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. You will also be able to ask questions about any aspect of our PGCE Programme and the University of Chester.

After the interview, all the information we have gathered from your application form, presentation 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 or PGCE Programme, tasks and reading to help you prepare for the programme will be sent out before the start of the academic year.