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What is an Assessment Centre?

An Assessment Centre is a bit like an extended interview during which you take part in a number of activities that give you a chance to show off your skills, interests and potential. During the day you will take part in:

  • a competency-based interview – a one-to-one interview that will last around 25 minutes
  • a group problem-solving exercise – working in small groups you will be presented with a task related to science, maths or teaching to complete
  • a classroom roleplay activity – you will deliver an 8-minute teaching activity on a maths or physics concept. A list of topics from which to choose will be sent to you when you are invited to attend the Assessment Centre
  • a reflection activity – following your classroom roleplay activity you will be given some time to reflect on how it went.

Prior to attending the Assessment Centre, please email copies of the following documents to If you previously submitted these documents as part of your application, you do not need to bring them again.

  • GCSE certificates for Maths, Science, and English Language
  • A formal letter on headed notepaper from your school detailing your predicted A Level results
  • Evidence of your university application (eg. print screen from UCAS confirming your application, showing your course choices)

It is important that you bring the following documents to the Assessment Centre:

  • Identification eg. passport, provisional/full diriving license or citizen card
  • Any notes or props you need for your teaching activity (this is not essential).

Please bring your original identification document as well as a copy to hand in.

Find out more about the Assessement Centre by watching our short film.