This page contains all of the information you'll need for your PGCE Secondary interview.

If you have questions about this information or about your interview in general, please contact teaching@bathspa.ac.uk.

Documents

The documents below relate to your interview day. It's important that you click on the links and check and read all of these documents, completing and bringing them with you on the day as necessary (and as outlined below).

All of these should be completed and brought with you to the interview. Discussion of your subject knowledge audit will form part of your subject interview. Please ensure you also bring all of the original documents listed on the checklist along with a photocopy of each, to the interview, to allow us to confirm your identity.

Interview

The day will give you the opportunity to demonstrate that you possess the appropriate qualities, attitudes and values expected of a Bath Spa Teacher, (a Bath Spa PGCE trainee) and to enable us to assess your potential to meet the Teachers’ Standards QTS Standards. You'll be interviewed by both University and school based colleagues.

At the beginning of the day you'll be welcomed and the programme for the day will be explained. You'll also be given an outline of the Secondary course structure and an overview of our expectations of a Bath Spa Teacher.

During the day you'll be involved in:

  • A group discussion related to the priority issue of Inclusion in education. This will involve reading, synthesis of information and effective communication of understanding.
  • An individual subject based interview comprising presentation of the subject task outlined in the link above and a short individual interview. The subject knowledge audit will be discussed in this section of the day.
  • This range of activities is designed to assess your passion for teaching and education, your ability to communicate and interact with an audience, your knowledge and understanding of your subject and your basic literacy skills. We'd expect you to have gained some experience in at least one school that is related to the Secondary age phase. It would be helpful for you to have reflected on this experience as well as any other experience of working with young people you may have and be prepared to discuss it at your interview.

If you're unable to attend this interview, please email teaching@bathspa.ac.uk. We'll also be able to assist you with any pre-interview queries that you may have.

We ask all candidates to arrive in good time to park and make their way to the designated room. Under normal circumstances all candidates should be finished by 4pm.

The University is seeking to improve support for students with additional needs and is committed to a programme of adaptations to enable full access to the learning environment. If you'd like to discuss any additional needs you may have before visiting, please contact the Student Support Service at studentsupport@bathspa.ac.uk or telephone 01225 876543.

Interview documents by subject

Design and Technology

Drama

Subject Task - Drama (Length 10 minutes)

Chose a short extract from a published play which is appropriate for a KS4 audience. Demonstrate practically to the interviewers and other candidates how you would introduce this as a performance text to a KS4 class and be prepared to justify your choice of text and activities.

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