for Secondary Education (Chemistry) PGDE
About your interview
If you are invited to interview you must attend an online interview on one of the pre-scheduled dates.
Before you begin your interview, we will verify your identity against the details provided in your application. Please have your photo ID with you on the day as this will be asked for.
Issued by a government agency or professional institution showing your name, date of birth, and a clear image of your face.
Examples include your photocard driving licence (full or provisional), passport, national ID card or Young Scot card.
Our online interviews take the form of a group interview made up of 3 sections.
- Group task
You will undertake a task with a group of other applicants. Details of the task will be explained on the day of your interview.
- You will present a two-minute prepared presentation to the rest of the group (approximately 9 other applicants and the interview panel).
- You should share your response to the following question with reference to the below topic:
How important is the teacher’s knowledge and understanding of digital literacy within secondary education?
- You should present without visual aids such as PowerPoint and we ask that you do not read from notes. You may use brief notes written on cue cards for reference.
Department for Education (2018) Guidance: Essential Digital Skills Framework
JISC (2018) Developing Digital Literacies Guide
Resources accessed 07 October 2020
- Problem solving
The final section of your interview will take the form of group discussions linked to current issues in education.
It’s natural to want to share you experience with others, however, we ask you not to discuss the specific topics or tasks at the stations with other applicants, school friends, or online.
Although there is little evidence that knowing the station details in advance makes a different to performance, we feel that the integrity of the system is better upheld if the topics and tasks of individual stations are confidential. We would appreciate your cooperation with this.
On the day
We use Blackboard Collaborate for our online interviews. You will be given a link to access your interview in your confirmation email. There is no need to register for an account or log in, simply click the link in your email to join the online meeting at the time stated in your confirmation and reminder email.
For your interview you should dress smartly, the same way you would for an in-person interview. If you are struggling for an outfit, your school uniform will be fine.
If you are running late on the day of your interview, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Managing your nerves
We recognise that interviews are stressful, and we don't want this to stop you from giving your best performance. If it's obvious that you're becoming a bit flustered, our interviewers will be helpful and encouraging and will put you at ease.
Invite to interview
If you are invited to interview, we will email your invitation to both your personal and @dundee.ac.uk email address. You will not be notified of an invitation via UCAS.
Rather than issuing all invitations at once, we release them in phases depending on when your application has been assessed by our Admissions Team. Where possible, we will try to give you at least two weeks' notice to allow you to make any arrangements.
You should plan to be in your interview for approximately 90 minutes.
We hold our interviews throughout January and February. It is wise not to plan holidays over this period so that you don’t miss out on an interview date. Our booking system will allow you to choose from a selection of dates and times. We advise that you book quickly to secure a slot which is best for you.
After interview, some early decisions will be communicated but the majority of applicants will be notified after interviews are completed. Final decisions will be made by the end of March. This decision will be communicated via UCAS and will be emailed to both your personal and @dundee.ac.uk email account.
If you have any questions about your interview after you’ve received an invite please email