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Design and Technology

The interview may involve a number of candidates and will be conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams.


Prior to interview

  • Please watch the video presentation by the Programme Director – Will Bailey-Watson
  • Plan a brief presentation of your own practice (this may be design/catering/engineering/craft/art/making). This should include images of your own work, and any design, or craft, or making that you may have undertaken with children. The presentation should be no more than 5 minutes long. You may use PowerPoint or other presentation formats, or you may wish to show real objects or pieces that you have made.

The remote interview process


Your interview will start with an introduction by Graham Goldthorpe (the subject leader for PGCE Design and Technology).


You will then be given 5 minutes to talk through your presentation of your practice with the subject leader, following the advice given above.


You will then be asked a series of formal questions which will explore your motivations for becoming a teacher, your passion for teaching Design and Technology, and look to draw upon your subject knowledge and specialisms. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions. This should take approximately 15-20 minutes.

Written task

Immediately after the formal interview, an email will be sent to you containing a short written task intended to assess your English fluency and your thoughts on an aspect of design/technology/craft/textiles/catering/inspiration! This should take approximately 20-30 minutes. The written task can be handwritten or completed electronically.

The written task should be completed and returned to Graham Goldthorpe within one hour. Once completed, please send a high-quality scan of your written task (if handwritten) to Graham


If you choose to complete the written task electronically, you can return your written task to Graham electronically.

Please feel free to contact Graham should you have any questions.

If your/our network does not behave, please do not panic! We will email you using the addresses given in your application and we will make a contingency plan.