Selection criteria and interviews

All applicants selected for interview will be interviewed in person by a relevant curriculum tutor and a mentor from a partnership school.

Before you attend an interview you need to make your own arrangements to spend at least one day in a UK secondary comprehensive school (which can include academies) but not a school that you attended as a pupil. This is a requirement for all applicants but is especially important if you completed your own schooling elsewhere or if you currently live outside of the UK. The purpose of the day is to ensure you have an understanding of the current UK secondary comprehensive education system.

The University of Oxford aims to provide education of excellent quality at undergraduate and postgraduate level for able students, whatever their background. In pursuit of this aim, the University is committed to using its best endeavours to ensure that all of its activities are governed by principles of equality of opportunity, and that all students are helped to achieve their full academic potential.

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Criteria informing the interview selection process for the PGCE


  1. Good intellectual and academic credentials
  2. Imagination and creative thinking

Personal attributes

  1. Sense of responsibility
  2. Facility for communicating
  3. Ability to work and interact with others
  4. Responsive and lively at interview
  5. Resilience
  6. Can make decisions

Willingness and potential to learn

  1. Willingness and potential to learn
  2. Knowledge of the PGCE course at Oxford

Professional values and practice

  1. Has specific reasons for wanting to be a teacher
  2. Has respect for young people
  3. Shows commitment to all children’s learning
  4. Has respect for teachers’ skills
  5. Enjoys the environment of schools
  6. Recognition of the value of collaborative working

School focussed issues

  1. Realistic view of teaching and knowledge and understanding of the role of teachers
  2. Recognition of the learners’ perspectives

Other criteria

  1. Interest in and experience of working with young people
  2. Potential contribution to whole school life
  3. Subject specific criteria :
    • believes the subject is worth learning and can offer specific reasons for this
    • communicates own interest in the subject
    • awareness of the nature of the subject discipline

If an applicant is offered a place on the PGCE course, they must comply with all the government requirements, e.g. medical fitness, suitability for teaching and declaration of criminal convictions before commencing the course.

Page last modified: October 16, 2017