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    (Original post by NadineD)
    Have been offered a place on MMU's Secondary English PGCE (Crewe Campus) and I am sooooo happy

    The one thing that worries me slightly is the fact I require a 2.1 to get in. (Obviously I knew this already but being offered a place has just made it even more real!)

    Has anyone else on here got a place on the same course? It would be nice to know someone else before we started

    Nadine
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    Really? My offer is just a 2:2!

    Congrats though, I'm on the History PGCE Didsbury campus.

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    (Original post by Brodie2013)
    Hello everyone.

    Many congratulations to those who already have an offer and good luck to those who are still waiting or have an interview coming up!

    I have an interview for my first choice, [MOD EDIT], at the end of this month and I have a couple of questions...

    For the presentation, I see some people are given a topic beforehand or are allowed to choose their own. For mine it says: In addition to a range of questions from the member of staff, each applicant has to deliver a two minute presentation, prepared on the day, on a topic relating to primary education. You will be able to draw upon your own personal experience in school and with children.

    This seems to suggest I am given the topic on the day and have no choice, that seem correct? If so what topics are these likely to be does anyone know? I certainly don't want to go into this cold!

    Secondly is the English skills test on the day...
    After this, you will be given exercises to test your written English and Mathematical skills. In the English essay you will be expected to express your views on education and explore issues in relation to effective teaching.

    Will this be a question to prompt my essay or will I be able to write about any issues in relation to effective teaching?

    Thanks for any help,

    Brodie
    I think it means they'll give you a topic on the day, maybe an article to read or something for you to talk about.
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    (Original post by Stephmc1)
    Congratulations!!! When was your interview? I'm on that course! Excited to start you going to live in the halls or commute?

    Interview was on the 16th january but gttr hasn't updated my offer so cant accept it yet :s i will either be in halls or renting. Can't wait
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    (Original post by Zara19)
    I think it means they'll give you a topic on the day, maybe an article to read or something for you to talk about.
    Yeah I think you're right. What are these topics likely to be though? Any ideas?
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    (Original post by Brodie2013)
    Yeah I think you're right. What are these topics likely to be though? Any ideas?
    Maybe something about a current educational issue, or something more general about the purpose of education etc. However, since they're giving you the topic on the day rather than allowing you to prepare content beforehand, it probably means they're just trying to see your general presenting skills, so they might not be as interested in exactly what points you make etc, but more about how you make them- how you make it engaging and so on. Same with the written task- they're looking for things like your quality of English, spelling, grammar, handwriting, being able to understand/ summarise an article maybe.. Assuming you're doing some research around the subject to prepare for the interview anyway, there's no need to worry about second guessing the questions for these parts of it.
    Good luck!
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    (Original post by Aleeece123)
    Maybe something about a current educational issue, or something more general about the purpose of education etc. However, since they're giving you the topic on the day rather than allowing you to prepare content beforehand, it probably means they're just trying to see your general presenting skills, so they might not be as interested in exactly what points you make etc, but more about how you make them- how you make it engaging and so on. Same with the written task- they're looking for things like your quality of English, spelling, grammar, handwriting, being able to understand/ summarise an article maybe.. Assuming you're doing some research around the subject to prepare for the interview anyway, there's no need to worry about second guessing the questions for these parts of it.
    Good luck!
    That's great thanks! Yes, I'm certainly researching any relevant issues. Made a list of a few things to look up and will be looking at bbc, guardian websites in the coming days and weeks to be as prepared as possible.

    Thanks for the reply.
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    Argh, two days to go! And I leave tomorrow morning because I have a job interview tomorrow. At the stage of blind panic!
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    Hi all

    I have applied for the PGCE History. I got a rejection without interview at UWE so now my application is at Cardiff Met.

    My problem is my degree - a 2.1 in International Relations!

    Does anyone have any tips for me? Should i email the course director or will they find that too pushy?
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    (Original post by Lisadee88)
    Hi all

    I have applied for the PGCE History. I got a rejection without interview at UWE so now my application is at Cardiff Met.

    My problem is my degree - a 2.1 in International Relations!

    Does anyone have any tips for me? Should i email the course director or will they find that too pushy?
    I've a pal who did his NQT year last year in history and he has an International Relations degree. So it possible! Request feedback from UWE and await a response from Cardiff and I wouldn't worry about being pushy. An email or a phone call isn't too much, just as long as you don't pitch a tent in reception you'll be fine. :0)


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    (Original post by Imelda)
    I've a pal who did his NQT year last year in history and he has an International Relations degree. So it possible! Request feedback from UWE and await a response from Cardiff and I wouldn't worry about being pushy. An email or a phone call isn't too much, just as long as you don't pitch a tent in reception you'll be fine. :0)


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    Thank you soo much, this really has made my day - i have been looking for examples of other history teachers who have IR degrees and havent managed to find any -do you know where he studied his PGCE?

    I have also applied for several School Direct places so fingers crossed for them too!
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    (Original post by Lisadee88)
    Thank you soo much, this really has made my day - i have been looking for examples of other history teachers who have IR degrees and havent managed to find any -do you know where he studied his PGCE?

    I have also applied for several School Direct places so fingers crossed for them too!
    He went to UWE! Another option I'm informed is that you can do the Citizenship PGCE (normally comes under the humanities bracket like history). Still chalk and talk type of subject but with options to teach your specialist subject I believe. My pal teaches both with a single subject PGCE, Double check though! Just remember as long as your degree is 50% relevant you should be able to teach it, and I would guess IR would be. I wouldn't be put off by UWE, it's one uni out of many, and lots of folk on here will confer that they were snapped up by their second choice after an outright refusal from their first.


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    I have an interview in three weeks! Can already feel the nerves.

    I have to prepare a 5 minute presentation one topic from a list of three (parents in learning, male teachers or the role of primary education.

    I'm just worried about my voice - it's not as strong as others and at times sound a bit broken
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    (Original post by Mr Advice)
    I have an interview in three weeks! Can already feel the nerves.

    I have to prepare a 5 minute presentation one topic from a list of three (parents in learning, male teachers or the role of primary education.

    I'm just worried about my voice - it's not as strong as others and at times sound a bit broken
    Good luck with it - be as confident as you can - the interviewers want to be able to give you a place so dont feel intimidated, try to feel positive about ourself as a future teacher and they will see it in you too!
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    (Original post by Mr Advice)
    I have an interview in three weeks! Can already feel the nerves.

    I have to prepare a 5 minute presentation one topic from a list of three (parents in learning, male teachers or the role of primary education.

    I'm just worried about my voice - it's not as strong as others and at times sound a bit broken
    I agree with Lisadee. Just be positive in yourself and your drive to be a teacher and i'm sure you'll shine through.

    I was worried about my voice too during my interview, as soon as I started talking I got panicked as I thought I must have sounded awful. However, the interviewers didn't seem to notice and said I sounded strong and confident.

    Just make sure you're comfortable with what you're saying and the rest will come naturally.

    And even in the worst case scenario, I'm sure the interviewers won't pick up on it as much as you do yourself.
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    (Original post by Lisadee88)
    Good luck with it - be as confident as you can - the interviewers want to be able to give you a place so dont feel intimidated, try to feel positive about ourself as a future teacher and they will see it in you too!
    Thanks. But no matter how confident I look, my voice is a bit broken and it's easily noticeable.
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    (Original post by lucyhol1012)
    I agree with Lisadee. Just be positive in yourself and your drive to be a teacher and i'm sure you'll shine through.

    I was worried about my voice too during my interview, as soon as I started talking I got panicked as I thought I must have sounded awful. However, the interviewers didn't seem to notice and said I sounded strong and confident.

    Just make sure you're comfortable with what you're saying and the rest will come naturally.

    And even in the worst case scenario, I'm sure the interviewers won't pick up on it as much as you do yourself.
    Thanks. Is your voice broken or sound a bit abnormal in any way? Mine sounds broken at times and for a teacher, communication is a key.
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    (Original post by Mr Advice)
    Is your voice broken or sound a bit abnormal in any way? Mine is quite nitric rabble at times and for a teacher, communication is a key.
    Its not broken when I speak normally. However, when I talk in front of people it isn't very clear. I know its a confidence issue so it's something I'm trying to work on.
    I looked for a lot of advice on it before my interviews and to sum it up I was basically told to take control.

    I've had teachers before who haven't had the clearest of voices but that doesn't stop communication all together.
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    (Original post by lucyhol1012)
    Its not broken when I speak normally. However, when I talk in front of people it isn't very clear. I know its a confidence issue so it's something I'm trying to work on.
    I looked for a lot of advice on it before my interviews and to sum it up I was basically told to take control.

    I've had teachers before who haven't had the clearest of voices but that doesn't stop communication all together.
    Hmm, I see what you're saying and it's very reassuring. I guess as long as they understand what I'm saying and see that I'm confident at it, I'll be okay. I so hope so - this has long been a dream of mine.
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    hey guys,


    i just wondered if anyone knows, if you have had an interview for your first choice, can you also get an interview decision for your second choice, or do you have to wait until the 1st has made a decision whether you're conditional or unsuccessful?

    Thanks,

    Kate xxx
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    (Original post by 321kate)
    hey guys,


    i just wondered if anyone knows, if you have had an interview for your first choice, can you also get an interview decision for your second choice, or do you have to wait until the 1st has made a decision whether you're conditional or unsuccessful?

    Thanks,

    Kate xxx
    I think you have to wait for the first. Once you've replied to their offer or been rejected and GTTR is aware they take the appropriate action.
 
 
 
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