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BA and PGCE Primary Information for Candidates Morning 2017

The BA (Hons) Primary Education is an exciting and innovative programme that attracts a national range of applicants of many ages. We encourage independent research, engagement with creative approaches to teaching, learning in the outdoors and aim to develop you as an outstanding teacher during the three years of the programme.  We achieve consistently high levels of overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey and Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Survey.

Teaching is a rewarding yet demanding profession and we are looking for candidates who can meet the challenge set out in our vision statement above. In order to achieve this we will endeavour to support prospective Northumbria University Initial Teacher Education candidates to begin their training from the outset, and this process begins prior to interview. Included below are a series of links to information and guidance for candidates that will support you; before, throughout and beyond your initial interview. Please make sure you consider the information provided here; as the ability to make reference to information contained in these key documents can only benefit you during the interview process and beyond into your training. 

Timings of your Interview at Northumbria University

Information for Candidates

Timings of your Interview at Northumbria University (Morning Schedule)

Candidates invited to arrive by 9:15am


  • Meet and Greet @ Coach Lane Campus


Welcome by Programme Leader 9:30am – 10:00am


  • Programme Key Characteristics (inc. Q&A)
  • Overview of the Day
  • Reading Activity Preparation

10:00am – 10:20am


Break – Including Reading Activity Preparation


10:20am – 11.00pm


Group Interview (2 Interview Staff)   

  • Introductory Activity
  • Reading Activity (Inc. Group Discussion)
  • Mathematics Activity (Inc. Group Discussion)

11:00am – 11:15am



11:15am – 12.15pm



  • Individual Interviews

1:1 with a member of Interview Team

(Please note that interviews will last for 15 minutes approximately– candidates are free to leave once their individual interview is finished. We will endeavour to prioritise individual interviews for candidates with the furthest to travel whenever possible.

12:15pm – 13:00pm

Plenary Session for Interviewers

Pre Interview: Advice and Guidance for Candidates

We are looking to provide opportunities throughout the process outlined above for you to demonstrate your potential to become an inspirational, enthusiastic and highly motivated teacher. We would like you to give evidence of your experience of working with children in an educational and/or leadership capacity to support and inspire children to reach their full potential. We will look for you to show that you have the ability, motivation and resilience to succeed on the programme. We will aim to challenge you and we will look to support you to demonstrate your potential to become outstanding teachers. This is your opportunity and we wish you every success.

Teachers’ Standards (2012)

‘Teachers make the education of their pupils their first concern, and are accountable for achieving the highest possible standards in work and conduct. Teachers act with honesty and integrity; have strong subject knowledge, keep their knowledge and skills as teachers up-to-date and are self-critical; forge positive professional relationships; and work with parents in the best interests of their pupils.’ (Preamble: Teachers’ Standards, Department for Education, 2012) These are the standards that note the minimum requirements for teachers. They became effective from 1 September 2012 and can be found at: Please familiarise yourself with this document, as these are the standards that you will be subject to in order for the assessment of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). We will be looking to consider your potential to achieve these standards as part of your interview.

QTS Professional Skills Tests

Entrants for Initial Teacher Education programmes need to be aware of the Government regulations regarding mandatory Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy. These are to be taken immediately after application and prior to any offer being confirmed. Information regarding the tests can be found at:

We will offer additional support to all of our applicants, in advance of their mandatory Professional Skills Tests, which should be complete by the point of enrolment. For further information please contact Admissions on 0191 243 7900 or email

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