Our courses fall in line with the Department for Education (DfE) statutory guidance and criteria. This means that applicants will be required to comply with specific entry criteria as well as taking part in a selection process which has been designed to assess their suitability to train to teach.
The Interview Process.
If you are invited to attend an interview for a teacher training course, your interviewers will be looking for you to demonstrate qualities expected of an applicant with the potential to train to teach, including:
- Your passion to become an outstanding teacher;
- An awareness current educational issues;
- An enthusiasm for your individual subject area;
- An ability to communicate effectively with individuals and groups;
- A commitment to ensuring that children achieve their full potential.
Newman University uses a number of methods to assess these qualities in students being interviewed. The interview day is made up of 2 main components:
- Formal interview
- Working with a small group of other candidates / micro-teaching for secondary PGCE.
Undergraduate Group Session (not including FD Progression)
Please bring with you a small artifact/object. Your task will be to communicate to an audience of your fellow applicants, how you might use the artifact/object to engage a group of learners in an early years/primary setting. You should aim to speak for a minimum of two minutes and a maximum of three minutes. There will be follow up questions afterwards.
Micro-Teaching Session (PGCE and FD Progression only)
The task is about you and your communication skills and your ability to engage an audience. The session should last no longer than five minutes and you will be addressing a group of fellow applicants.
The interviewers will be looking for you to include:
- a brief introduction;
- a main body, making good use of the time available and engaging the audience;
- and a definitive ending summarising the learning
For your five minute micro-teach you will be permitted to bring props, but you will not have access to IT on the day and should avoid the use of notes when teaching.
All PGCE Secondary applicants (except PGCE Secondary PE) will be required to undertake a five minute task where you will be asked to ‘teach’ a concept from your specific subject area.
Applications for PGCE Secondary PE
If you have applied for a PGCE Secondary PE course, your interview day will also incorporate a one hour practical test, observed by PE tutors.