Undergraduate ITE Interviews

Undergraduate ITE Interviews

Last Updated: May 27th 2022

Primary school teacher talking to pupils

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 is the same for both Undergraduate Primary and the Foundation Degree Progression routes.

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 ability to discuss a recent educational issue;
  • An enthusiasm for your individual subject area;
  • An ability to communicate effectively;
  • 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 is made up of 2 main components:

  • Formal interview including professional discussion
  • A presentation task or micro-teach activity

Discussion Activity

In preparation for your interview, find a recent article about a current educational topic, preferably from an academic journal, newspaper or magazine aimed at teaching professionals. Be prepared to discuss this with your interviewer. There will be follow up questions afterwards.


Undergraduate Presentation Task (BA Hons and Foundation Year route)

Please bring with you a small artefact/object or children’s book of choice. Your task will be to communicate to an audience of your interviewer, how you might use the artefact/object/book 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.

Undergraduate Micro-Teaching Session (Foundation Degree Progression route ONLY)

The task is about your communication skills and your ability to engage an audience. The session should last no longer than five minutes and you will be presenting to your interviewer as if teaching a small group.

The interviewer 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 use props, but you should avoid the use of notes when teaching.


Entry Requirements

We would like to remind applicants of what is expected of them in order to receive an offer and start our course. If you are unsure on the qualifications we accept, please visit our equivalencies page. 

English GCSE grade 4 or equivalent


Enhanced DBS Clearance
Maths GCSE grade 4 or equivalent


Fitness to Train to Teach
Science GCSE grade 4 or equivalent


Final ID check – enrolment
UCAS Tariff or equivalent entry requirement (BA Routes only) First Degree (PGCE routes only)


All original documents need to be seen and approved by admissions before enrolment Willingness to travel (agreed at interview)

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