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    I have an interview at Derby tomorrow and have mixed feelings about it. I am nervous but excited! Just wish I had more chance to prepare for it, though I suppose I'd never feel completely ready. Ha!
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    (Original post by lyoung90)
    Has anyone heard from Durham for secondary English PGCE? I had my interview last Thursday & still haven't heard anything. Not sure whether no news is good news!?
    I had an interview last Thursday for Secondary Geography and haven't heard either - they said at the end of the session that they hope to see me next year, so I'm guessing silence is a good sign!
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    (Original post by tamiic)
    Interview at Sunderland in feb!


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    Congrats! Is it for Primary? On the 5th? We might be in the same one.

    (Original post by LaurieLee)
    Oh goodness! Yes expected it to be a quick turnover. Someone else has posted about an interview in Feb so you should find they have spaces

    Still heard nothing by post, track or email from anyone but trying to stay positive....

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    Yes, just slightly worried they'll have run out of places by the time my interview comes around! Can they do that? :s
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    (Original post by Voxed)
    I had an interview last Thursday for Secondary Geography and haven't heard either - they said at the end of the session that they hope to see me next year, so I'm guessing silence is a good sign!
    Thanks for that - that's put my mind at ease! Hope they get back to us before Christmas. Im on tenterhooks! Good luck and keep me updated :-)
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    Woohoo! I got an offer today for Brighton!!!!
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    *Attention*

    Those that have completed their Numeracy Skills test, any tips? How good was it compared to the online practice tests that we are provided with?
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    At last I have an interview for an amazing school direct secondary history at my first choice hurrah!! There is a part which is worrying me already - to give a 10 min presentation to a group of students about interesting experiences I have had in history. Do you guys think this means things I have done I can relate? Or things I have been interested in learning? Eek it's gonna be a long day - 8:30 til 4!!
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    (Original post by madl24903)
    I have an interview at both Newman College and University of Birmingham.

    My academics are okay, looking to get a 2.1 in a vocational subject. Experience includes 5 months in a secondary school and 2 months at primary.

    I would defo apply
    Ah that's good I wish you the best of luck! are they in January?
    Urgh! This is all so stressful!

    Ah cool. I don't have any experience in a secondary school (but I want to apply for early years so that may not matter so much), I have a years experience in a special needs primary school and 2 weeks in mainstream but I'm not sure that's enough, I don't know how much the year in special needs will count for :/ I also don't have french GCSE which they seem to want... I have German though. And my degree subject isn't directly relevant. So yeah, really unsure if it's enough, of if it will be a wasted choice.
    I've never been to Cambridge before, was it nice when you went for the interview? What is the department/staff like?
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    (Original post by lyoung90)
    Thanks for that - that's put my mind at ease! Hope they get back to us before Christmas. Im on tenterhooks! Good luck and keep me updated :-)
    Will do - and ditto! I'm hoping that they'll let us know by tonight or tomorrow, as about a week seems to be the usual response rate after interviews! Good luck to you too!

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    *Attention*

    Those that have completed their Numeracy Skills test, any tips? How good was it compared to the online practice tests that we are provided with?
    I found the Numeracy Skills Test fairly comparable to (if not slightly easier than) the online practice tests. By comparison I found the Literacy Skills Test slightly harder than the practice tests, and for what it's worth I'm definitely more confident in literacy than numeracy.

    As for tips I'd recommend starting as many of the mental arithmetic questions as you can after the first reading, as it'll give you extra time to do calculations. Write down any numbers mentioned with context (e.g. 18 pupils, rather than just 18), as it'll help you to know what to do them. For the calculator section just make sure you read the whole text of the question, as it's easy to lose marks by not writing an answer to two decimal places or in the correct units etc. Other than that stay as calm as you can and you'll be fine!
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    (Original post by lyoung90)
    Has anyone heard from Durham for secondary English PGCE? I had my interview last Thursday & still haven't heard anything. Not sure whether no news is good news!?
    How did you find it? Fingers crossed for you!

    Just found out I have an interview at Durham for Secondary English on 15th January, so excited, but am on holiday til 12th January so will have to prep for it before I go!

    (Original post by alabelle)
    Congrats! Is it for Primary? On the 5th? We might be in the same one.



    Yes, just slightly worried they'll have run out of places by the time my interview comes around! Can they do that? :s
    I hope not, I think it would be a terrible system if they could fill all places before they finish interviewing. I am sure you will be fine
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    Has anyone already had an interview at UEL? Was just wondering if you had to complete a maths test as part of the assessment?
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    (Original post by JungleeBilli)
    *Attention*

    Those that have completed their Numeracy Skills test, any tips? How good was it compared to the online practice tests that we are provided with?
    I found it similar to the practice, but there was some topics that I didn't recognise. The only tip I can give is to become as comfortable with the format of the questions as you can. But it's not that bad.
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    (Original post by Voxed)

    I found the Numeracy Skills Test fairly comparable to (if not slightly easier than) the online practice tests. By comparison I found the Literacy Skills Test slightly harder than the practice tests, and for what it's worth I'm definitely more confident in literacy than numeracy.

    As for tips I'd recommend starting as many of the mental arithmetic questions as you can after the first reading, as it'll give you extra time to do calculations. Write down any numbers mentioned with context (e.g. 18 pupils, rather than just 18), as it'll help you to know what to do them. For the calculator section just make sure you read the whole text of the question, as it's easy to lose marks by not writing an answer to two decimal places or in the correct units etc. Other than that stay as calm as you can and you'll be fine!
    (Original post by alabelle)
    I found it similar to the practice, but there was some topics that I didn't recognise. The only tip I can give is to become as comfortable with the format of the questions as you can. But it's not that bad.

    Thank you so much to you both. Your input is invaluable .
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    I feel really quite down after my PGCE interview even though its nearly christmas! I just feel like I could have done a lot better! Did anyone else feel like this?
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    (Original post by polka_dott)
    I feel really quite down after my PGCE interview even though its nearly christmas! I just feel like I could have done a lot better! Did anyone else feel like this?
    I've just got back from my interview at Bath Spa and I feel the same. All I can think about are the things I should have said and what I feel I could have done better. It's so hard and now the wait begins! Good luck to you.
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    (Original post by LaurieLee)
    How did you find it? Fingers crossed for you!

    Just found out I have an interview at Durham for Secondary English on 15th January, so excited, but am on holiday til 12th January so will have to prep for it before I go!



    I hope not, I think it would be a terrible system if they could fill all places before they finish interviewing. I am sure you will be fine
    Congratulations!

    That should be more than enough time to prep. Lucky you with how much notice you've been given... Early applicants seemed to be given really short notice about their interview dates. I applied 29th Nov and had an interview invitation on 9th Dec for an interview on 12th Dec so I only had 3 days to prep, and I feel the day went OK. Touch wood.

    Let me know how it goes :-)
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    (Original post by lyoung90)
    Congratulations!

    That should be more than enough time to prep. Lucky you with how much notice you've been given... Early applicants seemed to be given really short notice about their interview dates. I applied 29th Nov and had an interview invitation on 9th Dec for an interview on 12th Dec so I only had 3 days to prep, and I feel the day went OK. Touch wood.

    Let me know how it goes :-)
    I know! Short notice probably would have panicked me, but not sure which I'd prefer...

    Looking forward to my interview, have been very anxiously waiting for any news!
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    After over 2 weeks i still have not received my second reference, they have followed all the steps UCAS advised including making a new email account and still nothing. FUMING
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    (Original post by polka_dott)
    I feel really quite down after my PGCE interview even though its nearly christmas! I just feel like I could have done a lot better! Did anyone else feel like this?

    (Original post by rso101)
    I've just got back from my interview at Bath Spa and I feel the same. All I can think about are the things I should have said and what I feel I could have done better. It's so hard and now the wait begins! Good luck to you.
    I'm sure you both did fine. Fingers crossed for you!
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    (Original post by 4ndy888)
    After over 2 weeks i still have not received my second reference, they have followed all the steps UCAS advised including making a new email account and still nothing. FUMING
    What a nightmare. Such a ridiculous system. Is there anyway of going direct i wonder. Probably not. What if you set up a new load of details for yourself? New ID etc and copy paste your form into it? Then everything from scratch, although I suppose that messes up your other reference. :confused:
 
 
 
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