(Original post by Hermione_moo)
Good luck everyone
I have my place at Bedford uni all sorted for September. I was supposed to start this year but got a promotion at work to service coordinator working in children's services, so deferred my place for the year.
I applied for 4; UEA, Anglia Ruskin, Bedford and Northampton. I didn't get an interview for the UEA, got an interview at Anglia Ruskin and Bedford and withdrew from Northampton as it was April and I had received my unconditional offer from Bedford and Northampton hadn't even short listed for interview at the time.
The interviews were great, I found the English easy and if you are at A level English standard you have nothing to worry about honestly. Beford gave us a reading list of 6 recommended books and a question, we were able to bring half a sheet of a4 notes with us on the day and had to write the essay in exam conditions at the uni. Anglia Ruskin gave us a choice of 3 questions (1 mental health, 1 about a young single mother and 1 about a child) on the day and we had to write as much as we could in 30 mins.
The individual interview went well at Bedford, I had the time and they really tried to dig and throw things at me, which I loved and was well prepared for, Anglia Ruskin however seemed very unprepared and I got 5 mins to try and explain and I honestly didn't think they were even listening to what I had to say either, the ladies doing the interviews looked like they wanted to be anywhere else but there and the questions were simply 'why social work, experience and attributes'.
The worst thing I found was the group discussions, trying to take turns with a simple topic was a nightmare. You have to get your point across without butting in, bringing up good points and being respectful to other points of view. The Bedford question was 'Disabled people should be involved with the provision of their own care' and the Anglia Ruskin was a scenario of an old man who was frail and wife had died, he wanted to stay in his own home but struggled due to failing physical health and his bathroom was upstairs, what would you do to help'
Some of the people at the interviews were terrible, some of course were lovely and I made a couple of friends, but I came across lots of know it alls however (mainly at Anglia Ruskin) but I suppose you get that wherever you go, but it just annoys me as I have worked in social care for years at a senior level and you get these 18 year olds who think they know it all, when in truth nobody does. Make sure you don't fall into that trap or they will spot it a mile off and you will be unlikely to make it. The same applies if you're too timid, if you have nothing to say then you will struggle.
I hope that helps some of you to know what to kind of expect. Just be yourselves and enjoy it