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Congratulations on being invited to interview for the PGCE Secondary course at the University of Reading.

We want this to be a stress-free process to enable you to perform to your potential and we hope that the following information will be helpful to you.

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:

  • 09:00 – 09:30: Arrival and document check 
  • 09:30 - 10:00: Welcome talk 
  • 10:00 – 13:00: Subject-specific elements of your interview, individual interviews, and written task


Your interview 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 you with details on where you will need to report to at the start of the interview day.

Welcome talk

Delivered by the programme director and/or the subject leaders.

Subject-specific elements of your interview

Please be prepared for the subject-specific elements of your interview – please refer to the interview information webpage for your subject for further details.

Art and Design

Computer Science

Design and Technology






Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)


Physical Education (PE)

Religious Education (RE)


Individual interview

The interview questions will focus on the following:

  • your motivations for becoming a teacher
  • your passion for teaching your subject
  • your subject knowledge and specialisms.

There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions during your interview.

Written task

The title for your written task will be given to you on the day of your interview. Please let us know if any adjustments are needed for you to access this task.

Who will interview me?

Your individual interview will be conducted by the subject leader 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


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