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PGCE Secondary Interviews

The first part of the three-stage selection process is a presentation.

Click on the course link below for details of the subject-specific requirements for your presentation.

Please refer to your Invitation to Interview information for details of the other two stages of the selection process.

Art and Design

Please bring a portfolio of your recent work to discuss during the interview.

You will be asked to use the portfolio to demonstrate areas of strength with regard to Art and Design. The discussion is not a presentation – you will be asked questions as you go along. The focus will be to explore areas of strength and areas for development and target setting.

Your knowledge and experience of secondary schools will also be discussed.

You will also be asked to give a short five minute presentation based around an artefact from your portfolio (sketch, drawing, photograph, object etc).

You will be asked to explain how the artefact could be incorporated into a lesson at Key Stage 3 to stimulate creative activity. You must be prepared to discuss the rationale for the choice of approach, focusing on the key concepts that you wish pupils to develop and how it relates to the National Curriculum.

Classics

The PGCE Secondary Classics course at Liverpool Hope is progressive in nature, supporting you to reach your full potential in working towards becoming an outstanding teacher.

Areas covered in the course include the Classics curriculum at KS3, GCSE and A Level; assessment in Classics, adapting the learning experience for pupils.

Through a close working partnership with our placement schools, you will benefit from a supportive, constructive learning environment.

At your interview, you will be required to outline a lesson you could deliver at KS3, referencing either Greek or Roman literature, to demonstrate how a knowledge of the classical world can make a relevant contribution today’s world.

Computer Science with ICT

For your presentation you must plan and prepare a lesson starter activity.

To give a sense of focus, imagine you will be introducing the concept of selection (if...then...else) to a Year 7 class. Design an activity which would prepare the way for that.

The purpose of the activity should be to open the mind and whet the appetite for learning. The link to the main learning topic may be direct or not.

The activity should be planned to last for no more than five minutes.

You will be asked to explain the activity to the panel and should have copies of any resources which you would use. If some of the resources need to be accessed by computer, one will be available. Do not feel that this is either essential or desirable: the facility is simply offered in case you feel it is important.

You can make use of commercially available resources if you wish but you should consider carefully the appropriateness of any such resources.

Design Technology

You will be required to give a five minute presentation on ONE of the following topics:

  • Outline a plan for a Design and Technology lesson that could be used with a Key Stage 3 class. You should identify the main concept(s) / idea(s) to be introduced and how you might teach these to the class, including appropriate resources. You should also briefly explain the reasons for your choices of teaching and learning strategies and how they relate to the National Curriculum.

OR

  • A successful Design and Technology lesson that you have observed. Focus on the knowledge, skills and understanding that were developed during the lesson, and the pupils’ response. Outline clearly why you felt it was successful.

English

Choose a poem to teach at Key Stage 3.

  • Provide two copies of the poem.
  • Give a five minute presentation in which you explain how you would approach teaching the poem at Key Stage 3.
  • Be prepared to discuss the rationale for your choice of approach, focusing on the key concepts that you wish pupils to learn.

The task is used to assess your understanding of the role of the teacher, your ability to engage with pupils and your use of voice.

During this discussion you will be asked to talk to the brief and answer questions as you go along. In addition, during the interview you will be expected to talk about the National Curriculum and your experience in Secondary School.

PowerPoint will be available, but it is not necessary to use it.

Geography

Please prepare a short presentation lasting a maximum of five minutes, to be delivered to the interview panel, on one of the following topics:

  • Crime
  • Glaciation
  • Depressions/Anticyclones
  • International Development

In your presentation, you should describe the ideas and concepts you would wish to communicate to a Year 9 class explaining how you would teach these concepts in an interesting and stimulating manner.

PowerPoint will be available but you can decide the most suitable way to present your ideas and teaching materials.

History

History candidates should come with a prepared presentation on a History topic of your choice, taken from the 2014 National Curriculum.

This is an introductory lesson to a Key Stage 3 class of your choice; you should show how you would deliver a 45 minute lesson. You should identify the main concept/ideas to be addressed and how you might teach the class, including appropriate resources.

The presentation should take no more than five minutes.

PowerPoint will be available but you should not rely on this and can decide the most suitable way to present your ideas/materials; you will not be penalised for not using PowerPoint.

Mathematics

You will be required to give a five minute presentation, preferably with the use of a whiteboard, on ONE of the following topics:

  • An aspect of Mathematics that you particularly enjoy and how you could use this to inspire secondary learners.

OR

  • A successful Mathematics lesson that you have observed.

If you choose option (2), please focus on Mathematics that was covered in the lesson, and children’s response to it.

PowerPoint facilities will not be available for your presentation. You will have access to a board you can write on.

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

The GCSE specifications for MFL cover three distinct themes: Identity and culture, Local, national, international and global areas of interest.

Students are expected to understand and provide information and opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where French/Spanish/German is spoken. This includes customs and festivals in French/Spanish/German-speaking countries/communities where the language is spoken.

For your interview, prepare a five minute presentation in the main language which you wish to teach (i.e. French, German or Spanish).

This presentation should include:

  • Which customs/festival you have selected from the GCSE specification and brief detail about it.
  • Why you have chosen it (from a personal point of view and the point of view of prospective GCSE level students).
  • An activity you have designed which you might use to present an aspect of their work to a GCSE level class.

Your presentation will be used to evaluate your fluency and accuracy in the language, as well as your ability to understand the needs and interests of GCSE students.

You may use notes but the presentation should not be read.

There will be some follow-up questions in French, German or Spanish related to your chosen theme, grammar, communication strategies used and vocabulary.

The remainder of the interview will take place in English; you will be expected to talk about your experience in Secondary School.

There are facilities available for PowerPoint presentations.

You will also be asked to complete a literacy test in your main teaching language (French, German or Spanish), in response to the question: “What in your opinion are the essential characteristics of an effective, challenging and enjoyable MFL lesson?”

Music

You should prepare a short presentation of around five minutes on how you might approach the teaching of any aspect of music with which you are familiar.

  • Explain how you might approach the teaching of your chosen subject area, outlining the following: your role as teacher; pupil learning; management issues; resources.
  • Outline the range of pupils this lesson/scheme might be suitable for (Key Stage 3; GCSE; Year 12/13) and give reasons for the choice of subject for this age group.
  • Ensure that you are approaching this lesson/scheme from a practical point of view.
  • You should play your instrument during part of the presentation. (This should not be a performance per se, but a way of demonstrating how your ability to perform can be incorporated into your teaching).

Be prepared to answer questions on issues arising from your presentation.

Please bring the module breakdown of your undergraduate degree to your interview.

Physical Education (PE)

You should come prepared to deliver a five minute presentation during the interview.

The presentation should outline a plan for a PE lesson that could be used for a one hour session with a Key Stage 4 class. This should be a GCSE lesson around the topic of health, fitness and a healthy active lifestyle.

You should identify the main concept(s) / idea(s) to be introduced and how you might teach these to the class, including appropriate resources.

You should also briefly explain the reasons for your choices of teaching and learning strategies.

PowerPoint will be available but you can decide the most suitable way to present your ideas/materials.

Religious Education

Before the main interview questions, you will be asked to deliver a five minute presentation, preferably with the use of a whiteboard.

Your presentation should explain as if to a Key Stage 3 child.

You have a choice of two subject areas for your presentation - you can choose to either:

  • Select one religious artefact and explain its use and importance to the faith community.

OR

  • Select a contemporary issue and explain how you would relate it to an RE lesson.

This task is designed to assess your skills in voice projection, in explaining ideas and basic subject knowledge. You are not expected to cover all the relevant content in five minutes.

Usually there will be two or three interviewers, including a representative from one of our partnership schools.

After your presentation, the Liverpool Hope interviewer will be particularly interested in your subject knowledge of Theology/Religious Studies and is likely to ask questions about the modules/courses you have followed in your undergraduate degree. These questions are designed to assess your strengths in subject knowledge.

Science

You should come prepared to deliver a short presentation of up to five minutes during the interview.

Your presentation should outline a plan for a Science lesson. This should be a lesson taken from the National Curriculum Science orders to be taught to a class in a one hour lesson at Key Stage 3.

You should identify the main concept(s)/idea(s) to be introduced and how you might teach these to the class, including appropriate resources.

You should also briefly explain the reasons for your choices of teaching and learning strategies.

PowerPoint will be available but you can decide the most suitable way to present your ideas/materials.