Clearing 2016 Interview Information

BEd (Hons) in Primary Education with Qualifed Teacher Status (QTS)

I am delighted that you have an invitation to interview for BEd (Hons) Primary Education with QTS at the University of Derby.

The interview will take place at the Kedleston Road campus in Derby.

The address is:

University of Derby

Kedleston Road


DE22 1GB

On arrival, please make your way to Main Reception where you will be met by a course representative. 

The selection process will last approximately a day and you can expect:

  • Identification and documentation check: For more information please see BEd Interview Information
  • A presentation by academic staff
  • An individual interview
  • English and Mathematic tests

Group Exercise:

  • You should be prepared to speak for one minute at the start of the group interview about your interest in, and suitability for, the teaching profession, with reference to any recent school experiences or work with young children. Being able to demonstrate commitment over time (e.g. through skills, hobbies or interests) is particularly valuable. As part of the group interview, you should also be prepared to take part in a group discussion about any one of the following initiatives in Primary education: Phonics; the new National Curriculum; pupil premiums.  There will also be a brief one-to-one discussion opportunity at the end with one of the interviewers. Please be ready to highlight one or two key achievements. 

It is expected that you will have certainly registered for and, preferably, passed your QTS skills tests in English and Mathematics by the time of interview as this will be taken into account in our decision making.  If you have passed them, please bring evidence.  Full details are available at:  Please also use this link:  Initial Teacher Education at the University of Derby i-resilience report to complete an online assessment of personal attributes before you attend for interview.  Please be assured that the report generated is private and will not be seen by us, but we will ask you a question relating to what you have learned from this process.

What to bring with you on the day:

  • The attached checklist and the original certificates, and you must bring photocopies of your GCSEs, together with any other educational certificates.
  • Any evidence of primary school experience or work with young children recently undertaken in the form of a reference from, for example the Head teacher or class teacher, or the leader of groups of children that you may have worked with.
  • Photographic proof of your identity, e.g. your passport, driving licence etc. Please note that if you do not bring this you will not be interviewed on the above date, and there is no guarantee of an alternative interview date.
  • Anything else you would like to show (e.g. portfolio / record of achievement)
  • A pen

The Bachelor of Education interview process: what to expect 


What we are looking for

Arrival and welcome

  • Professional appearance and manner

Short written tests in English and mathematics


  • Basic skills in both subjects

Presentation by us with information about the course

  • Professional appearance and manner

Group interview

  • Interpersonal skills: making an appropriate contribution to a discussion
  • Communication skills including use of Standard English
  • Awareness of current issues and practices in primary education, drawing on the recent experience you have had.
  • Professional appearance and manner

Brief ‘thinking task’ and 1-1 question

  • Ability to think independently
  • Ability to generate ideas on the spot
  • Ability to reflect on personal attributes

Final one to one chat with interviewer including feedback on tests and checking of certificates and personal details.

  • Opportunity for candidate to mention or show any extra information in support of application
  • Demonstration of commitment to interests over a period of time

Please also note if you are made an offer of a place this will be subject to the below:

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Clearance

The course you will be studying requires you to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance prior to the start of your induction and enrolment in order for you to undertake any compulsory placement requirement.  To complete this requirement you will also be subject to University clearance procedures where your DBS will be assessed and your ability to go on placement will be confirmed.  In the event that University clearance is not achieved and/or in not achieved in advance of the course start, you will be unable to join the course.  Note: If you choose the University of Derby as your “Firm” choice you will be contacted by the Admissions Team with details of how to commence the process for your Enhanced DBS Clearance using our online system.

If you have lived outside of the UK for more than 6 months in the last 5 years

Whilst the DBS check your criminal record in the UK, they cannot currently assess criminal records held overseas.  Consequently if you have lived out of the UK for more than 6 months in the past 5 years you need to obtain a criminal record check from the country(ies) where you lived during that period.  This is known as a Certificate of Good Conduct. You will also need to apply for DBS clearance in addition to the Certificate of Good Conduct.  The DBS application and the non UK check can be processed simultaneously.  For further guidance about applying for a Certificate of Good Conduct click here.

Health Questionnaire

It's a requirement of this course for you to have a satisfactory health check. You will need to complete the Occupational Health Questionnaire prior to starting your course. The questionnaire will be emailed to you separately.