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How to prepare for your interview

Our course leaders have selected a range of resources to help you prepare. Some courses have further tasks for you to complete before your interview.

If you require additional support email aoc@gre.ac.uk and we will consider all requests on individual basis and make necessary adjustments where possible.

Further preparation

It is worth revisiting the syllabus on your course page before the interview.

Any candidates for education or health courses should also review our mandatory statutory checks and the types of identification we will need to see. We welcome any questions on these.

Candidates for animation, design and architecture-based subjects will need to bring a portfolio to the interview day.

All further requirements are below.

Animation / Graphic & Digital Design (BA / HND)

Before your interview, you must:

On the day

The interviews take place either for a full morning session or a full afternoon session. There will be a 15-minute introductory talk followed by a 20-minute informal face-to-face interview with a member of the teaching team. You will also have an opportunity to tour the School of Design facilities.

The interview will consist of a conversation and questions about your portfolio. There will be time for you to demonstrate your knowledge, skills, motivation, achievements, and interest in creative work (and animation / graphic design and related practices in particular).

Architecture (BA)

Before your interview, you must:

On the day

The interviews take place either for a full morning session or a full afternoon session. There will be a 15-minute introductory talk followed by a 20-minute informal face-to-face interview with a member of the teaching team. You will also have an opportunity to tour the School of Design facilities.

The interview will consist of a conversation and questions about your portfolio. There will be time for you to demonstrate your knowledge, skills, motivation, achievements, and interest in creative work (and animation / graphic design and related practices in particular).

Drama / Drama and English Literature (BA)

Before your audition workshop, you must:

You'll participate in collaborative tasks, contribute ideas and show us your interest and skill in, and enthusiasm for, drama. You don’t need to prepare a speech but should arrive ready to participate - please wear comfortable clothing that you can move around in. You'll also get the opportunity to ask us about studying drama at Greenwich. The session will be led by Course Leader, Jillian Wallis, and/or members of the teaching team.

Applicants who are unable to make one of the Audition Workshops will have the opportunity to book an online interview later in the year. If this applies to you, we will be in touch to confirm the details.

Early Years (BA)

Please bring a resource/activity that you would do with the children. This is designed to evaluate your creativity, timekeeping and ability to remain calm and enthusiastic.

Interviews for this programme will take place online.

In a group setting you will have 2-4 minutes to explain:

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

The other candidates will be encouraged to discuss this with you, so it might be useful to anticipate the questions they might ask.

You will also be asked to:

  • Fill in an initial declaration about criminal convictions
  • Sign a School Experience Agreement

These will be sent to you by email and you will need to return them on the same day.

Early Years (PGCE)

You should be prepared to talk about your skills, experience, and motivations, and how you will use to skills on this programme.

There will also be an opportunity for questions and answers on a one-to-one basis with an interviewer.

You will also be asked to complete and return some documents on the day of your interview:

  • An initial declaration about criminal convictions.
  • A School Experience Agreement.
  • An online literacy task.

Film & TV Production (BA)

If you are a University of Greenwich Film & TV Production applicant and have been invited to interview for a place on the Course, the information below is designed to help you prepare.

On the day

There will be a 15-minute introductory talk followed by a group interview with a member of the teaching team. You will also have an opportunity to tour the Film & Television facilities.

The group interview will focus on sharing information about individual practice and experience, and on what Greenwich can offer you.

Interview tips:

  • Prepare by thinking of possible questions that you may have for your interviewer(s).
  • Have a look at the course pages where you’ll find information about modules, course structure and study modes.
  • Revisit your application and personal statement as your interviewer(s) may ask you questions about something you’ve referenced in your personal statement.
  • If your interview is online test your connection and login details and connect 5-10 mins earlier
  • If your interview is face to face arrive at least 20 mins earlier to the destination.

Further Education & Skills Sector (PCE / PGCE)

You will receive a PowerPoint presentation prior to the interview. Please feel free to ask questions at the interview.

Interviews for this programme will take place online.

Written activity

A 45-minute task. You’ll be asked to read an article and answer a question, followed by some additional questions focussing on spelling and grammar.

We will be looking for:

  • Accuracy in your written work.
  • Your ability to write clearly, accurately, legibly and coherently using correct spelling and punctuation.
  • Your ability to convey concepts and ideas with clarity.
  • Use standard English grammar.
  • Use vocabulary relevant to the situation.

You will also be asked to:

  • Fill in an initial declaration about criminal convictions.
  • Sign a Memorandum of Understanding in relation to your professional behaviour on the course.

Landscape Architecture / Urban Design (BA)

Before your interview, you must:

On the day

You'll receive a 20-minute introductory talk where you can find out about life at Greenwich and learn more about our free week-long Future Cities Summer School in July 2022.

This is followed by a 20-minute face-to-face interview with a member of the teaching team. We'll discuss why you've chosen to study at Greenwich, and we’ll ask you to describe your portfolio.

Nursing and Midwifery (BSc/MSc) 

This section covers interview preparation for the Adult Nursing, Children’s Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Learning Disability Nursing and Midwifery programmes

Before your interview you must:

On the day

Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Learning Disability Nursing, Children's Nursing and Midwifery interviews will take place online, via Microsoft Teams.

At the interview be prepared to:

  • Show your photo ID
  • Go through your online Suitability Declaration Form.

Resources to help you prepare ahead of the interview

Watch the video to find out how to prepare for your interview.

Take some time to research current writing on the subject. A good place to start is the Nursing and Midwifery Council website, the Royal College of Midwives websiteNHS Nursing and NHS Midwifery pages.

More information about the programme can also be found at:

Please note applicants for this programme are allowed one request only to reschedule or DNA (did not attend), subject to availability.

Operating Department Practitioner (BSc)

The interview will consist of an online interview via Microsoft Teams with our academic team, which could include a clinical practitioner or a service user.

The interview will include a number of short questions to demonstrate motivation, achievements, transferable skills and knowledge for the course.

Paramedic Science (BSc)

Take some time to research current writing on the subject. A good place to start is the Health and Care Professions Council website and the NHS website.

See also our paramedic science presentation.

Interviews for these programmes will take place online, via Microsoft Teams. You will need to complete a Health Sciences Suitability Declaration Form before attending.

Watch the video to find out how to prepare for your interview.

Please note applicants for this programme are allowed one request only to reschedule or DNA (did not attend), subject to availability.

Pharmacy (MPharm)

It is essential that you bring a valid form of identification with you to your interview. Please view acceptable types of identification.
Before your interview, you should familiarise yourself with the ‘Standards for Pharmacy Professionals’ which are published by the regulator, The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). As you will be required to complete a Fitness to Practice Declaration Form on the day of your interview.

Primary Education (BA / PGCE)

Introduction to BA Hons Primary Education

Introduction to PGCE Primary Education

Group interview

Initially we ask all candidates to choose a picture book to share with the group, all you will need to do is introduce yourself and tell us why you think the book will engage children. This is followed by a group activity that will take approximately 30 minutes and will focus on current issues in primary education. To prepare for this, we recommend that you do some reading and think about examples of any experience you may have had to support your views. This will help us gain insight into your ability in speaking, listening and communication skills.

  • To convey concepts and ideas with clarity.
  • Use standard English grammar.
  • Use vocabulary relevant to the situation.

The interview will consist of a group interview with our academic team, which could include a school partner. The interview will include some short questions to demonstrate motivation, achievements, transferable skills and knowledge for the course.

Written activity

You will be asked to write a short essay. We will be looking for:

  • Accuracy in your written work.
  • Your ability to write clearly, accurately, legibility and coherently using correct spelling and punctuation.
  • Your ability to convey concepts and ideas with clarity.

You will also be asked to:

  • Fill in an initial declaration about criminal convictions
  • Sign a School Experience Agreement.

Secondary Education (PGCE)

Written activity

You will be asked to spend 30 minutes reflecting on an issue that is currently affecting education in this country.

We will be looking for:

  • Accuracy in your written work.
  • Your ability to write clearly, accurately, legibility and coherently using correct spelling and punctuation.
  • Your ability to convey concepts and ideas with clarity.

Interviews

The interview will take approximately 45 minutes and will focus on current issues in your subject in secondary education. We ask you subject-specific questions and discuss these with you.

  • Maths interviews will be conducted as a one-to-one interview.
  • Physical Education interviews will be conducted as group interviews.
  • Science interviews will be conducted as group interviews, and where not possible as one-to-one interviews.

For this, we recommend that you do some reading, prepare your subject knowledge, and think about examples of any experience you may have had to support your views.

What we're looking for:

  • Your ability in speaking, listening and communication skills.
  • Conveying concepts and ideas with clarity.
  • Use of standard English grammar.
  • Use of vocabulary relevant to the situation.
  • Demonstration of subject knowledge

You will also be asked to:

  • Fill in an initial declaration about criminal convictions.
  • Sign a Memorandum of Understanding.
  • Complete a subject knowledge audit.
  • Complete a feedback form.

Social Work (BA / MA)

Part I: Group Exercise

You and three other social work applicants will be asked to consider a hypothetical social work scenario or contemporary issue. You will need to draw on your understanding and/or experience of social work/social care in your response. Where possible you should try to reach a consensus with your fellow applicants.

Part II: Individual Interview

Verbal Presentation

Please prepare a five-minute verbal presentation about a piece of work you have carried out with a person with social care needs. Your presentation should analyse and discuss the following points:

  • The type of work undertaken
  • The aims of the piece of work
  • The key issues at the heart of the work
  • The success of the aims
  • Your contribution as a team member within or outside of the organisation
  • Your strengths and how you demonstrated anti-discriminatory and anti- oppressive practice.

Interview Questions

Interviews for this programme will take place online.

The questions will relate to the requirements of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) – specifically to the Entry to Qualifying Programmes from the British Association of Social Workers. These include:

  • Understanding and knowledge of social work issues
  • Understanding of anti-discriminatory practice
  • Diversity and values
  • How you promote rights and justice with an ability to engage with people with empathy
  • Critical reflection
  • Professionalism
  • An ability to show leadership
  • Suitability and preparedness to undertake professional social work training.

For more information, please visit the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) website.

Speech and Language Therapy (BSc)

Take some time to research current writing on the subject. A good place to start is the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists' website.

Interviews for this programme will take place online.