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Selection event for PGCE Secondary Geography (1yr)

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Selection event for PGCE Secondary Geography (1yr)

What is a selection event?

It's a process to assess whether you're suitable for a place on the course. It's a chance to show us your knowledge about the subject and your enthusiasm for the career.

Being invited to a selection event doesn't mean you're guaranteed a place on the course - the point of the day is to help us come to a mutual decision. We need to decide whether to make you an offer and you need to decide whether you like the course and the university.

To find out what will happen on the day, see the subject-specific information below. The timings listed may be approximate, so please keep your plans flexible.

When and where is my selection event?

This year selection events will take place remotely and online.

If you're invited to a selection event you'll receive an email telling you when it is and where to go.

It's important to be punctual, if for any reason you cannot attend or you have difficulties accessing the meeting please contact Course Leader – Vicki Margrave (

What happens on a selection event?

Selection event process

The Geography PGCE selection event is in two parts:

1. You will be asked to deliver a short presentation (no more than 3 minutes) based on an artefact you should have with you.  The artefact should link to an element of the KS3 curriculum and the teaching point made in your presentation must relate to geography.  In the presentation we’d like you to explore the significance of the object and address how it might be used in a classroom to develop understanding of an aspect of geography.  You should give some indication of how you might use it in a lesson.  

Please note that the use of PowerPoint or similar presentation tools will not be allowed during this part of the interview.

2.An interview that will look at:

  • your knowledge and understanding of the subject curriculum and of education more widely
  • why you think you have the potential to be a good teacher

The selection event will last approximately 1 - 1.5 hours.

Visiting the university

Due to current restrictions resulting from Covid -19 there will be no visit to the Campus for the interview. However, there are opportunities to visit at our virtual open days. Our latest postgraduate open day has now passed, but UK and international students can still access our virtual open day content and receive updates on future events by signing up on our website. Our next live PG open day will be on 24 February 2021. This would be an opportunity to learn more about your study options at Sheffield Hallam especially for those applicants who are new to Sheffield or the university. You can find more about opportunities to visit us on our website.

Do I need to prepare anything in advance?

There are a number of tasks that you will be asked to complete prior to the interview:

  1. Please review the short presentation that introduces you to the course. You will be sent this when you are invited to interview.
  2. Complete a short subject audit. This should be returned 24 hours before the interview takes place.
  3. Complete a written communication and Subject task. This will be sent to you on the day of your interview and should be returned within 24 hours of the interview taking place.

What do I need to bring with me?

For the interview you should bring the following.

1) Identification

You must bring photographic identification (photo ID). If possible please bring a passport or photo driving license. If you do not own either of these, other forms of photographic identification will be sufficient for the selection event but should you be offered a place on the course you will be required to present further official identification documentation to complete the professional requirements referred to above. Full details of the ID evidence you will require can be found here.

2) Qualifications

You must bring your original certificates plus photocopies of each of these documents to the event:

  • GCSE English Language, minimum grade C (or approved equivalent)
  • GCSE Mathematics, minimum grade C (or approved equivalent)
  • Degree award (if complete)

You must show the original certificates for all your qualifications by enrolment in September to allow you to enrol on the course

If you do not have the original certificates, you must obtain copies from the awarding body as quickly as possible prior to enrolment. Please note that you must allow sufficient time for these to be replaced. If you have not achieved the qualifications specified above, you may be able to take an equivalency test prior to the course start date – please discuss this with the admissions tutor.

What are we looking for?

At this stage we assess your

  • ability to communicate clearly, both orally and on paper
  • knowledge of the area of education you are interested in
  • interest in, and commitment to, a career in teaching
  • potential to work effectively with children in an educational setting

Who is on the selection event panel?

You will be assessed by a range of staff from across the Initial Teacher Education Partnership.

What should I wear?

Dress reasonably smartly, but you don't need to wear a suit. Smart but casual clothing will allow you to feel confident and at ease.

Disability support

If you have a disability (this includes sensory and physical disabilities, dyslexia, mental health conditions and medical conditions) and you feel that you will need some support during the selection event process (for example, a sign language interpreter, note taker, materials provided in different format), please inform the tutor upon receipt of your invitation to the selection event.

Disability advice whilst studying at the University

You may or may not have indicated that you have a disability on your application form. In either case, the Disabled Student Support Team is keen to hear from you. If you would like to meet or talk to an advisor to discuss, in confidence, possible support whilst studying, please ring +44 (0)114 225 3813 or email

Please note that any offer of a place is subject to acceptance by you of the University's terms and conditions. If you require a printed version, please contact Admissions on 0114 225 5555. You must read these terms and conditions before accepting any offer.

What happens after my selection event?

We cannot tell you our decision on the day of the selection event. After the selection event our decision will be communicated via UCAS track, so please check your account regularly.

You will receive one of the following decisions.

Conditional offer for the course that you have applied for – you must fulfil certain criteria (usually based on the qualifications you are currently taking) before you can be accepted on the course. If the requirements are met, the offer becomes unconditional.

Unconditional offer for the course that you have applied for – usually made when you have already completed your qualifications and met the academic requirements we are asking for.

Unsuccessful – unfortunately we are not able to offer you a place on the course. We do not feel that you have the necessary skills or experience to be successful on one of our courses. However, this does not prevent you from applying in the future, should you undertake further study to develop your skills and experience.

Important accommodation information for Initial Teacher Education students

As you have chosen to apply for an initial teacher education course with us, the start of your course will be earlier than the standard term dates. This means that some of the accommodation on offer by the University may not be suitable for you. You will need to refer to the accommodation services website when making your accommodation choices. Once you have accepted your offer of a place, you can submit your online application directly to accommodation services.

What can I choose?

To help you in choosing suitable accommodation, filter from the halls on the website those which are available for early arrivals. You must also specify that you need an early start date in the notes section of your application.

The first few weeks

We know that not all courses start at the same time and we also know which courses start early. This means that your halls won't be full when you first arrive, but we will try and make sure you're not on your own for long so that you don't get lonely and you feel safe.

Cancel event

Are you sure you want to cancel your place on Saturday 12 November?