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Guidance Notes

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

Your Interview Day at the University of Chester will incorporate an introductory talk which provides information on the University of Chester and details relating to the structure of the PGCE Programme including: learning and teaching strategies; assessment arrangements; School-Based Learning (SBL); University- Based Learning (UBL); subject specific information; accommodation and support services. You will also be shown the facilities at Riverside Campus.

Interview format

Your interview will normally consist of:

  • A literacy task designed to assess your  assimilation skills and written ability
  • A group practical session (Drama  applicants only)
  • A short presentation or group task
  • A presentation and conversation in the target language (MFL applicants only).

These sessions will either be followed by or will include a discussion on aspects of the specialist subject. This will be followed by a formal interview looking at specific areas of your understanding. This will include areas such as the role of the teacher, pedagogical knowledge, or school experience, yet will also allow the opportunity for you to share your individual knowledge and expertise.

Throughout the interview day we will also be noting your interactions with others, your presentation skills and use of visual aids, and your ability to use language confidently, succinctly and appropriately. After the interview, all the information we have gathered from your application form, results of your written task, presentation/ practical/group discussion and interview will be reviewed against the Programme’s selection criteria.

If you are off ered and accept a place on the PGCE Programme, you will receive a short action plan identifying areas for further development by the start of the Programme.

You will also receive a subject reading list to get you started on your teaching journey.

If you do not secure a place on the Programme, verbal feedback from the subject tutor is available should you require it.


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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