The Interview Process

Interviews are normally held between November and June to meet the 40 day UCAS timescale for providers to process applications. Places are offered throughout the year so applications will close for individual subjects only once they are fully recruited.

Candidates invited to interview are required to bring a number of documents with them. We know from previous experience that some of these can be difficult to lay your hands on. Therefore please prepare for your possible interview by preparing to provide the following list of paperwork that you will be required to present at interview:

Required Documents

  1. Original documents

  • For degrees or professional qualifications, a certificate or final transcript as long as it includes their degree classification
  • For GCE A level or end of High School/Secondary Education, a certificate, the examination board slip, a letter of confirmation from the school/college which must be on headed notepaper and signed
  • For GCSE, a certificate, the examination board results slip, or letter of confirmation from school/college which must be on headed paper and signed.
  1. Declaration of Health and Suitability Declaration Form

  2. If applicable original marriage certificate-change of name deed

  3. The change of name deed if name has changed from their original certificates

  4. NARIC documentation (if applicable)

  5. One form of photo identification

Interview and Selections

A rigorous selection and interview process is undertaken so that only candidates with excellent subject knowledge and aptitude for teaching enter the programme. Interviews take place at a number of schools in the London West Alliance and at LWA SCITT. The interview process is designed to assess suitability to teach and will focus on the applicant’s:

  • Communication skills
  • Potential to teach and understanding of a teacher’s role
  • Subject knowledge
  • Personal, organisational and transferrable skills
  • English and maths diagnostic assessment


The Assessment Day

The assessment day consists of the following:

  • A short teaching activity with pupils focused on clear communication and potential to teach
  • A group activity focussed on communication and listening skills and the candidates’ vision and values about teaching
  • A panel interview
  • Confirmation of identity and qualifications
  • The opportunity to identify development needs

After Your Assessment

After the assessment day you will receive formal notification via UCAS. You may be made a conditional offer (For example, dependent on the equivalency testing, subject knowledge enhancement courses). You may be made an unconditional offer (still subject to enhanced safeguarding clearance). When you have accepted a place on our course we will contact you with details on how to for a successful start. We will ask you about the ways in which we can help you to prepare for the course, including support with subject knowledge for teaching, academic learning and visits to your placement school. If you are not successful then members of the SCITT interview panel will be available to give you feedback.

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