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Congratulations on being invited to interview for the BA Primary Education (QTS) course at the University of Reading. We look forward to meeting you.

We want this to be a stress-free process to enable you to perform to your potential and we hope that the information on this webpage will be helpful to you. Please read all of the information carefully.

What do I need to do before my interview?


Do I need to provide any documents at my interview?

Yes - please check the full list of documents you will need to bring to the interview.

What will happen on the day of my interview?

The format of the interview day will be as follows:

10:00  Arrival 
10:15 Registration and document check 
10:30 Presentation and introduction 
11:00 – 16:00  Group task, written task, individual interviews 

During the interview day, you will also have the opportunity to explore the campus, meet staff, and ask questions.  


The interview day will take place on the London Road campus at the University of Reading. A member of staff from the Institute of Education will contact you via email, closer to the date of your interview, to provide further details on the location of the interview.

Group task

The group task is intended to look at and assess your potential for collaborating with others, how well you articulate your ideas, and how you actively listen to your peers. Before attending the interview day, please watch the Puffin Storytime video (up until 5 minutes 55 seconds) where the book ‘Look Up!’ will be read to you by the author. 

After watching the clip, we ask that you:

  • Consider how you would use the book ‘Look Up!’ to support a learning activity / develop children’s learning in a primary setting. 
  • Consider your specialist subject depending on your chosen pathway – please refer to the subject specialism pathway information for further details.
  • Come prepared to share and discuss your activity with your group, including why you have chosen the activity and the role you would have in the children’s learning.
  • You may bring along any notes to share.
  • You will also have the opportunity to share anything else you wish to from the group task during your individual interview. 

Subject Specialism Pathways: BA Primary Education with Art, BA Primary Education with English, BA Primary Education with Mathematics, or BA Primary Education with Music: 

If you have applied for one of the subject specialism pathways, please relate your discussions in the group task to your subject specialism. Additionally, during your interview, please be prepared to explain how you would teach an Art, an English, a Mathematics, or a Music lesson and to discuss how you might use your subject to develop cross curriculum learning. Please also demonstrate that you have thought about the way that the activity, either planned or observed, will support learning.

Written task

The title for the written task will be provided on the day of your interview. Please let us know if any adjustments are needed for you to access this task. You will be given time to plan, and the following will be reviewed:

  • Legibility of your handwriting.
  • Spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Your ability to plan and compose ideas in a written format.

Individual interview

Your individual interview will focus on the following key areas:

  • Your knowledge and understanding of educational issues, including the Primary National Curriculum in England.
  • Your appropriate interest, knowledge, understanding, and skills in your specialist subject.
  • Your relevant experience with children and any further plans for developing this.
  • The qualities required to make a good teacher.
  • Your potential to reach the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. We would advise you to familiarise yourself with the Teachers' Standards before your interview.

You will be asked the following questions during your individual interview:

  • Why do you want to pursue the course?
  • How have children benefited from your input?
  • As a trainee teacher, how will you work with others, including children, who have different values and beliefs to you?
  • What would you do if your authority was challenged in the classroom?
  • What do you think are the challenges of being a teacher?
  • What do you think successful learning looks like and what do you think a good teacher does to enable this?
  • How will you cope with the challenges of the course and profession?
  • Subject specialism pathway specific questions, including your knowledge of the curriculum and what inclusion means to you.

You will also be asked about safeguarding and child protection and we recommend that you read the summary of Keeping Children Safe in Education to prepare for this. The full guidance is available in an alternative format

There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions at the end of your individual interview and share anything else you wish to from the group task.

Who will interview me?

Your individual interview will be conducted by one of the programme tutors from the Institute of Education who will be present in person. There will also be a second interviewer present, either in person or online, during your interview. The second interviewer may be a colleague from one of our partner schools. Please note that we will share relevant background information from your application form with our partner school colleague, but this will not include any sensitive data that you provided as part of your application. If you have any queries or concerns in relation to this, please contact the Admissions Support team


We are looking forward to meeting you at your interview. In the meantime, if you have any questions or if you require any assistance in relation to your interview, please contact the Admission Support team.

We are fully committed to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in our admissions and interview processes. If you would like to request any specific requirements or adjustments around accessibility for your interview, please contact the Admissions Support team. Please rest assured that requesting reasonable adjustments or having special requirements will not affect the outcome of the interview or our decision on whether you are offered a place on the course.

Free Online Course to help with your interview

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We have developed a free online course, Stress-Free University Interviews, available to students who have offers of interviews at the University for interviewing subjects.  It will help you make the most of your skills, build confidence, and enable you to practice those all important interview techniques.

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