Selection criteria and interviews

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.

School Experience

School observation experience should take place in a non-selective state funded UK secondary school, which can include academies. You should observe in a school that you did not attend as a pupil. The point of observation is to familiarise yourself with teaching and learning across a range of age and attainment levels and to gain insight into the current education system.

Typically we would anticipate you gaining observation experience in school before submitting a PGCE application through UCAS. Completed school experience should be recorded in the ‘School and Work Experience’ section of the UCAS form. You may wish to refer to, and reflect on, these observations within your Personal Statement.

It is possible however to submit a PGCE application through UCAS without completing any school experience.

When completing the UCAS form it is recommended that you note in your Personal Statement any school experience you have organised but not yet completed. You should mention the name of the school and the dates you have arranged.

It is expected that prior to interview all candidates will have completed at least one day of observation in a non-selective, state funded UK secondary school. Many applicants complete more than the minimum expectation of a single day. To make your application more competitive it is advisable to spend additional time observing current classroom practices in secondary schools. If you cannot however complete this observation then you can still attend your interview.

Interviews

Applicants selected for interview will be interviewed in person by a relevant curriculum tutor and a mentor from a partnership school. It is expected that prior to interview all candidates will have completed at least one day of observation in a non-selective, state funded UK secondary school. If you cannot however complete this observation then you can still attend your interview.

Interviews can be conducted by Skype for those who are unable to attend a typical interview. However Skype interviews are strictly at the assessing curriculum tutor’s discretion.

Criteria informing the interview selection process for the PGCE:

Academic

  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.

 

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