The Interview Day
Interview days are arranged throughout the year once UCASTT applications are received. The group attending for interview will comprise applicants drawn from a number of subject specialisms. The composition and size of the group will depend on the applications received. The selection process is carried out by the SCITT Programme Manager and Senior Leaders from our partner schools.
Please note that the SCITT is unable to meet any expenses you incur in attending for interview. Interviews may also take place at our partner schools from time to time.
Outline of the Day
(If your interview is successful and you answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions on this form, the SCITT Programme Manager will discuss the circumstances with you.)
- A group problem solving activity and facilitated group evaluation
- A teaching task to a group of 5/6 students from Year 7 or Year 8 (PE teaching tasks will be different to this and you should follow the additional guidance provided to you)
- A formal panel interview
- A subject related written task or a Maths tests for Maths candidates
The start and finish time will be confirmed prior to interview and will be subject to the number of candidates in attendance. Details of all the tasks will be advised in advance to enable candidates to thoroughly prepare.
What happens after Interview?
The Programme Manager and other members of the interview panel will consider all the evidence available in making their decision about offering you a place: all sections of the UCASTT application form; performance at interview; written subject task and teaching task.
As well as updating the UCASTT Track system, we will ring you to inform you of our decision and then confirm this in writing. We normally aim to provide you with a verbal decision within 48 hours (2 working days) of interview. The range of possibilities in offering a place as set out below:
- Conditional Offer – related to gaining experience in schools
- Conditional Offer – related to passing equivalency tests in Maths and/or English
- Conditional Offer – related to subject knowledge targets and/or satisfactory completion of a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course
- Conditional Offer – related to completing your degree
- Conditional Offer – related to providing GCSE and degree certificates as evidence that you meet the entry requirements
A Conditional Offer could combine two or more of these requirements
Please note that in addition to any of the conditions that can be applied all offers are subject to candidates obtaining, prior to the start of the programme, a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure for the child workforce; being declared ‘fit to teach’ following the Health Management check; and passing the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy.
Please note that it is expected that all applicants will have successfully completed both of the Professional Skills Tests, or at the very least have made the booking for them, prior to attending a selection day. It is strongly recommended that you take the tests as soon as possible, if you have not already done so.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership has developed guidance and support materials to help candidates pass the tests. Full details about these professional skills tests are available online:
If you have lived overseas for a substantial period during the last five years, you may be asked to provide a local police check from the country of residence for the relevant period. For some countries this may take some time to organise, so we recommend that you request this as soon as possible. We will discuss this with you should this be necessary.
The intrinsic functions of the work of a teacher as defined by Fitness to Teach are prescribed by The Education (Health Standards) (England) Regulations 2003 for the purposes of section
141 of the 2002 Education Act. It is recognised in this document that teaching is a demanding career and anyone intending to train to become a teacher needs to have a high standard of physical and mental health. Teachers are responsible for safeguarding the health, education, safety and welfare of their pupils.
If you are successful at this interview you will be required to complete a declaration of health questionnaire. However, if you have had any ill-health in recent years which you think might affect your ability to complete the course please discuss this at interview. The course is very demanding both physically and mentally and requires sustained commitment throughout.
The SCITT will make a charge of £24.99 to each trainee for the initial Health Management check. This will be collected from you on the first day of the programme.
possible to take SpLDs and disabilities into consideration and make reasonable adjustment, including offering extra time to complete subject tasks where relevant. Bear in mind that success for any student on an ITT course is dependent on both attaining the required standards for academic work and successfully demonstrating competence in all the requirements as set out in the ‘Qualifying to Teach’ standards.
If you are eligible for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), then it is a good idea to contact your local authority about any provision you may need for the course before your course begins as the DSA can take some time to process. This support might include study support and/or additional equipment. Information is available on the web at:
The Department for Education’s website contains further advice about training to teach if you have a disability. Please visit: