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    Just to remind people, discussion of specific interview questions and activities at specific unis is against TSR rules. Please refrain from mentioning these details as it provides people with an unfair advantage in the interview process, especially after the first round of interviews.
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    (Original post by steph_cook92)
    Has anyone else applied to Greenwich?
    I've applied for Secondary Physics with Maths. The Avery Hill campus is literally right on my doorstep so it would be incredibly convenient. I haven't had so much as a confirmation from them yet though.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Mine was literally- school x. Dates. Role. And I did it bullet pointed. Same reasoned as above. I was just under the impression it was for facts rather than explanation.

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    (Original post by pthomas112)
    Hi, Had my interview for social science at the IoE today. Wasn't too stressful, there were 7 of us and we were told that there were 20 places, and if we impressed them today we should all get a place (they said we werent in competition!).

    we had to answer how what challenges we may face during the PGCE, how our subject is relevant to young people, and discuss a current educational topic. The individual interviews were really short (only 15 mins) we had to present our lesson plan and then have a 5/10 miniute chat (why do you want to be a teacher, why this institute, etc).

    My 1-1 was quite relaxed and we were laughing and joking a little towards the end. Its jsut hard becuase you don't know what they really look forward and how you come accross.

    On another note, i got asked to attend an interview today for Worcester uni for a Psychology PGCE, so there may be hope if I'm unsuccessful at the IoE!
    So lucky! The IoE is a pretty high class institution so I am surprised there were so few of you.
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    (Original post by tory88)
    Thanks, you too! What do you mean about the skills tests? Secondary have to do them as well.

    I know my structure was the same for all science PGCEs at the IoE, but from a bit of reading around every university and every department seem to have different procedures and desires when it comes to recruiting students. My e-mail was pretty prescriptive, which was quite nice. And the overwhelming impression I get is that the process is not competitive, and is as friendly as possible.
    Hmm, well I'm assuming if they expected me to present or write something they would have included it in the email. I'm hoping that's the case, otherwise I'm in for quite a few surprises! Is IoE your 1st choice?
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    (Original post by jeffercake)
    If you want to do secondary then you're fine with a C or above in English and Maths. If you want to do primary then you also need the C in science.


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    In the address section for my school-based referee, do I put his work address (i.e. the school) or do I need to ask him for his personal address (it seems a bit iffy to me)?
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    I still haven't heard anything. Not a sausage.

    It's a tad annoying that some people have received interviews and such like when I haven't even heard so much as an acknowledgement, but if it's anything like undergrad, I assume some unis/departments just don't bother with acknowledgements and will only let you know when they have something worth saying - i.e. we'd like to invite you to interview, or whatever.

    So I'm not worried but it's just a little annoying!

    I think some of them might be waiting until they get enough applicants before they start giving out interviews too, as most of them do them in groups. I've applied for post-compulsory which is a lot less competitive than primary/secondary, and I assume they just haven't had enough applications yet to put people in to groups for interviews.

    Has anyone else paid and sent and not heard a peep? I sent mine off last Tuesday.
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    (Original post by Caina)
    Hmm, well I'm assuming if they expected me to present or write something they would have included it in the email. I'm hoping that's the case, otherwise I'm in for quite a few surprises! Is IoE your 1st choice?
    Just make sure you know what makes a good presentation, and are clued up on a few areas of education policy, and you'll be fine if they do spring something on you. If not, then it's good preparation for interview questions anyway. IoE is my 2nd choice at the moment, coming after Kings, but if I like what I see at interview that could all change.
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    (Original post by starryeyedkid)
    Gotten past the point of caring whether I'm being annoying or persistent, my old uni tutor is getting another email tomorrow. She did my reference for a late application I made in the summer and she had to email the reference to the University so I'm hoping she still has the email somewhere.

    Is anyone else applying for Worcester, Nottingham or Exeter for Secondary History?
    Nottingham for Secondary too, but for English. ^^ Haven't seen any mention of Notts other than for Trent, which I suppose is a good thing as I am also awaiting that beloved primary reference. Would hate to see people having interview offers for Notts without having even sent my application, would drive me crazy haha. Have also got a schools direct choice accredited to Nottingham.
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    (Original post by Lucy_jucie)
    Hey ive applied for PGCE Business Ed for Sunderland Uni. I've been told interviews arnt untill Jan, but I've had not reply to say I've got one :-( it looks like loads of people's have interviews already which is worrying me.
    Hey. Where else have you applied?? I know of nobody else for PGCE BS/BE who has already been invited to interview. I think it's just Sheffield who are on the ball - so do not worry!!

    Don't worry!! Have you done your QTS N/L KS yet??

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    (Original post by hippygirl)
    ooh i'm glasgow strathclyde and edinburgh
    Oooh, nice!! I do like Edinburgh university, it's a lovely city too (imho) :-D
    Good luck hippygirl :-)
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    (Original post by Deja Vu)
    I still haven't heard anything. Not a sausage.

    It's a tad annoying that some people have received interviews and such like when I haven't even heard so much as an acknowledgement, but if it's anything like undergrad, I assume some unis/departments just don't bother with acknowledgements and will only let you know when they have something worth saying - i.e. we'd like to invite you to interview, or whatever.

    So I'm not worried but it's just a little annoying!

    I think some of them might be waiting until they get enough applicants before they start giving out interviews too, as most of them do them in groups. I've applied for post-compulsory which is a lot less competitive than primary/secondary, and I assume they just haven't had enough applications yet to put people in to groups for interviews.

    Has anyone else paid and sent and not heard a peep? I sent mine off last Tuesday.
    I have had one confirmation of receiving the application and nothing at all from the other one. I also applied last week (Wednesday)
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    (Original post by Deja Vu)
    I still haven't heard anything. Not a sausage.

    It's a tad annoying that some people have received interviews and such like when I haven't even heard so much as an acknowledgement, but if it's anything like undergrad, I assume some unis/departments just don't bother with acknowledgements and will only let you know when they have something worth saying - i.e. we'd like to invite you to interview, or whatever.

    So I'm not worried but it's just a little annoying!

    I think some of them might be waiting until they get enough applicants before they start giving out interviews too, as most of them do them in groups. I've applied for post-compulsory which is a lot less competitive than primary/secondary, and I assume they just haven't had enough applications yet to put people in to groups for interviews.

    Has anyone else paid and sent and not heard a peep? I sent mine off last Tuesday.
    Me I've applied for secondary business and also post comp just like you, haven't heard anything.
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    Is anyone else still waiting on their second reference? I feel like the only one haha xx
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    (Original post by Zogs)
    I have had one confirmation of receiving the application and nothing at all from the other one. I also applied last week (Wednesday)
    I have just called one of my Universities because I haven't heard anything at all from them, and they said they haven't received it yet! They said often UCAS don't actually process and send them immediately, and that even once they do receive it and send confirmation, that it can take up to 21 working days before I hear anything else! I guess I need to get comfortable waiting!
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    http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/education-24912216

    everyone knows there's a strike at some universities today right??
    prob no answers or invites today!

    *it says 149 universities affected
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    Hi is anyone applying for secondary music?
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    (Original post by sbxox)
    Is anyone else still waiting on their second reference? I feel like the only one haha xx

    I'm waiting on my second reference too. To be fair, I didn't send mine off that long ago, I just want it paid for and sent off!
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    (Original post by sbxox)
    Is anyone else still waiting on their second reference? I feel like the only one haha xx
    Nope, I'm still waiting too
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    Hello all, I'm a brand new member!

    I'm applying for primary with maths specialism at Edge Hill, primary at MMU and a school direct place at Heald Place Primary in Manchester. I'm still waiting on my second reference and although Thursday is approaching fast, I don't think my first two choices should close for a while. The Edge Hill course still had places for 2013 up to September this year.

    With regards to references, I spoke to my work experience referee and she said the process is a bit long and tedious, not as simple as writing a few paragraphs about me in a text box on UCAS. She, like many others I bet, decided to accept the request and get it all done with there and then - taking about 2 hours to finalise it all. I'm hoping that everyone left waiting for a reference will have the same experience, that it's all suddenly done!

    Anyone still waiting on the head of their school to complete a ref, don't you think that it's a bit of a test to see if we appreciate how little spare time teachers have? I can imagine the only "spare" time in school a teacher would have to write a reference would be when on PPA, or somehow hiding from all of the jobs they have to do. Also, with regards to replies, don't be disheartened if your reminder emails aren't replied to - they're probably still read, thought about and actioned.

    Now for my question - do you think it's worth waiting a week or so to apply now? If I send my application off this week, the 40 day rule could mean I either have interviews at short notice, i.e. next week, or during or just before my (six) January exams. Is it possibly better to delay the start of this period so I am more likely to get interviews in February when I'll have much less stress?

    TLDR: Hi I'm new pls read above for details of my app.
 
 
 
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