University Of Cumbria Interview Questions

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University Of Cumbria Interview Questions

QTS Primary (three-year) | QTS Primary Education with Inclusion/SEND (four year) | Bridge to QTS

Arriving for your interview

Please observe the arrival time and room detailed in your invitation. Please be aware that there are a number of programmes interviewing on the day and staff will only be available to meet you at the times stated.

Staff will be available 15 minutes prior to your stated arrival time. If you arrive earlier than this, there are a number of catering outlets on campus serving drinks and hot and cold snacks should you need somewhere to wait before attending your interview.

Please be prepared to be here until approximately 3.30pm as interview slots are scheduled on the day.

Your interview

At interview we’re looking for enthusiastic, well prepared and high quality candidates and we want to see you at your best. To help you prepare and conquer those nerves, please use the below advice and guidance.

Undergraduate Courses

Group Task

This task is designed to evaluate your creativity, time keeping and ability to remain calm and enthusiastic. Please bring an interesting resource that could be used in the classroom to support learning.

In a group setting you will have 2 minutes to explain:

  • Why you chose the resource
  • Your chosen age range
  • How your resource could be used to engage children and support learning

You can be as creative as you like with the resource but we do ask that it doesn’t take too much time to set up, does not require water and/or electricity and is easily transportable.

Following your explanation, the other candidates in your group will be encouraged to discuss the resource with you so be prepared to answer further questions. Perhaps you could prepare for this by anticipating the kinds of questions they might ask.

Individual Interview

You will have a 10 – 15 minute interview with a member of academic staff or a teacher from a University of Cumbria partnership school. To prepare for your interview, consider the following:

  • Why you want to be a teacher
  • Why you have chosen to apply to the University of Cumbria
  • What you have gained from your in-school experience
  • The importance of a teacher’s role
  • Your strengths, skills and interests and how these will help you develop into an excellent teacher
  • Current issues in Primary education

What you need to bring to interview


We will need to see evidence of the qualifications you have already achieved at interview. Please bring both original certificates and photocopies in a clearly named envelope which show passes in the following areas:

Undergraduate Courses

  • Grade C or above in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science or equivalent.
  • Any level 3 qualifications (A-levels, BTEC or equivalent) if already achieved.

Bridge to QTS

  • Grade C or above in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science or equivalent.
  • Copy of your Foundation Degree Teaching and Learning Support results to date.

PGCE Courses

  • Grade C or above in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science or equivalent. (Please note evidence of GCSE Science is not required for secondary education courses).
  • Your first degree or equivalent qualification.

Please note:

  • The Admissions team will keep a copy of your certificates on file but you will be able to take home your originals on the day.
  • If you have changed your name since the certificates were issued, please advise us of this on the day.


All teacher training applicants must bring evidence of their identity to interview. Please bring acceptable documents from the list below.

Please bring one of these:

  • Valid passport
  • Valid photocard driving licence
  • Valid Photocard NUS card
  • Valid Proof of Age ID card

Or two of these:

  • National Insurance card
  • Utility bill (dated within last three months)
  • Birth certificate

For the interview

  • A pen
  • A watch to monitor the time during activities
  • Any resources requested in the What you need to prepare section
  • Any supporting evidence that you’d like to share with your interviewers