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Secondary teacher training interviews

Application and shortlisting

To be called for interview you will have met the entry requirements required for an application to St Mary's University. It is advised that you present your application at a professional level which should be accurate and contain relevance to teaching.

It will be expected that you demonstrate your reasoning for wanting to teach and the steps you have taken to make an informed decision of this choice.

You may want to attend one of the university's 'Getting into Teaching' open events to help you

Interview day

Initial Teacher Training interviews for 2021 programmes at St Mary's University will be conducted online and will be recorded.

You are most likely to be interviewed by a subject tutor, a specialist in the subject that you are applying for. You should prepare a short presentation on the topic of 'What makes an ‘Effective Teacher?’ It should last 3-minutes.

Following your presentation, you will be asked a few questions and at the end there will also be an opportunity for you to ask the interviewer any questions you may have. It is unlikely you will be asked questions that will surprise you if you have given this process some thought. We have already seen something in your application which indicates that we think you might make a good teacher.

The interviewer will try to further explore your reasons for wanting to become a teacher and the steps that you have taken to inform this decision. 

Interview preparation

If called for interview, you will receive an invitation from the University Admissions team that includes a number of web links. These links will take you to documents and videos in preparation for the interview and the PGCE programme. Please read and review this information carefully.

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