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PGCE Secondary Education Selection Day

What will happen on the Microsoft Teams interview?

Successful applicants will be invited to attend a Microsoft Teams interview. Microsoft Teams is a digital communication tool and we will include instructions on how to use it on our invite.

The interview will consist of a virtual interview with your subject lead (physical education, maths or science). The interview will include a number of questions to demonstrate your subject knowledge, motivations, achievements, transferable skills and knowledge of teaching.

The links below provide details of placement areas and course structure, on which we welcome any questions.

Programme Presentation

There will be a presentation about our PGCE Secondary Education with QTS degree at the University of Greenwich, by the Programme Leader. Please feel free to ask any questions.

How to prepare for the Microsoft Team interview

Written Activity

You will be asked to reflect on an issue that is currently affecting education in this country and this will take 30 minutes. This will help us gain an understanding of your writing/communication skills.

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.


  • 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 one-to-one interviews will be conducted.

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 then discuss these with you.  To prepare 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. 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.
  • To demonstrate 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

How to join your Microsoft Teams interview

You will receive an email invite two days prior to your interview. In your email invite there will be a link for you to select Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, which will be at the bottom of the email invite. You will be given the  following options:

1. If you are already using the Teams app, select "Launch it now".

2. If you are not already using Teams click on the "Join on the web instead" option.

3. Alternatively you can download the app - click here.

4. If downloading the application make it is working correctly on your device .

5. Type in your name.

6. Choose the audio and video settings you want.

7. Select Join now.

8. Depending on meeting settings, you'll get in right away, or go to a lobby where someone in the meeting can admit you.

We recommend that you test Microsoft Teams ahead of your interview to make sure that you can access it. Before you set up your device for interview we recommend:

  • Using a PC or laptop for a better online experience.
  • Giving yourself plenty of time to set up your device and login.
  • Making sure that your sound and video work.

More information is available on the Microsoft Office website here.

For further queries and issues regarding your Microsoft Teams interview and how to prepare, please contact our team at

What to present during your Microsoft Teams interview

You will be asked to present any of the following forms of ID before you can be formally accepted onto the programme. When presenting an ID document, it must be the original, valid, in date and in the legal name of the applicant attending the interview:

  • Identification
  • Evidence of change of name (e.g. marriage certificate or deed poll) if applicable
  • Educational certificates
  • Passport size photograph (for your application record)
  • Your letter of invitation

Types of identification accepted

Please bring one of any of the following forms of ID. When presenting an ID document, it must be the original, valid, in date and in the legal name of the applicant attending the interview.

Student Type Acceptable forms of identity
Home Applicants (UK born) Current valid passport OR UK driving licence (photo card style only)
Home Applicants (non-UK born) Current valid passport OR "Travel Document" both with any relevant immigration document (e.g. indefinite leave to remain BRP)
EU Applicants Current valid passport OR EU identity card
International Applicants (Non-EU) Current valid passport AND Current Visa

In attempting to ensure an applicant meets the relevant professional requirements of the course and enable us to process any potential offer given, the University of Greenwich will employ the use of technology to verify the authenticity of valid ID documents. The document will be captured by screen shot, an authentication check will be conducted and then stored against the applicant's record; held in accordance with the appropriate retention period.

Please ensure that when you receive your invitation, you attend at the allocated date and time. Should you fail to attend twice, and not have contacted us requesting a new date prior to your interview, your application will no longer be considered and withdrawn.

f you have any queries, concerns or are unable to provide the documents listed above, please contact Admissions at or on 020 8331 9000.