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    (Original post by s.of)
    Ya, it's really nice...do you know of any others who got an offer from our group? I don't know about that now but at least they liked me enough to offer me a place...I did quite like how few of us were at the interview, it suits me better than a really large group. What are you doing for your masters actually? No, I don't actually, I'm going to wait to see what it says when I receive my letter (which could be a bit delayed as it has to make its way over water), where did you apply to actually? Awh, that's goo, I'm glad it went well for you but I know what you mean, sometimes it's nearly better if you don't have too much choice as it often just confuses the situation! At least you'll know by next week though
    No, I don't know if anyone else from our group got offers. I hope they did though! I'm doing a Masters in Music (mainly focused on Music Psychology research). I applied to Queens and Jesus college, though I now wish I'd maybe chosen some that were slightly closer to the education faculty. Are you planning on living in college halls or renting privately? Yep, next week will decide all!
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    Is there a group for IOE people for next year? Just got my offer email through today
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    (Original post by danielle24)
    What date is your interview at UWE? I have one for the 8th Jan but secondary English! So nervous!!
    have you heard anything from uwe ? trying to figure how long it will take for me to hear back. hope your interview went well
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    Can a place retract an offer?

    I got an offer on 10th January and they contacted me yesterday asking if I intend to accept the place. I honesty don't know and I'm waiting for my other interviews so what's the best thing to say without messing up the offer?

    During my interview they did say they would prefer if I get in touch soon otherwise the place could be accepted by someone else.... can that happen?

    I've just got a voice messages asking to ring them and I'm sure it'll be whether or not I am accepting the offer...

    Help, please!!!!
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    (Original post by MusicGirlKH)
    No, I don't know if anyone else from our group got offers. I hope they did though! I'm doing a Masters in Music (mainly focused on Music Psychology research). I applied to Queens and Jesus college, though I now wish I'd maybe chosen some that were slightly closer to the education faculty. Are you planning on living in college halls or renting privately? Yep, next week will decide all!
    Yes, me too, everyone seemed so lovely! Oooh, very interesting, that's a fascinating are...did you do music or psychology for your undergrad? I tried to find Jesus but I got lost, I was going to put it down but decided against it, purely on the illogical reason of not being able to find it! I've put down Darwin and Homerton but slightly regretting Homerton as there's no accommodation as such for PGCE students. I guess right now I'd say college halls but nearer the time if there were a few people considering renting privately I wouldn't be opposed to that. What are your thoughts?
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    (Original post by amul1992)
    Both skills tests passed today! As someone who got 2 out of 12 on my first attempt at the mental arithmetic, I can honestly say that a bit of practise goes a long way, and I found the real tests much easier than the online mocks. I just about scraped a B at GCSE by the skin of my teeth, and as I want to teach English I naturally haven't thought about maths ever since. If I can pass, anyone can.


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    Well done! Don't want to hijack the thread with skills test talk but I thought I'd ask how you practiced since your method seems effective

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    (Original post by s.of)
    Yes, me too, everyone seemed so lovely! Oooh, very interesting, that's a fascinating are...did you do music or psychology for your undergrad? I tried to find Jesus but I got lost, I was going to put it down but decided against it, purely on the illogical reason of not being able to find it! I've put down Darwin and Homerton but slightly regretting Homerton as there's no accommodation as such for PGCE students. I guess right now I'd say college halls but nearer the time if there were a few people considering renting privately I wouldn't be opposed to that. What are your thoughts?
    I did music for my undergrad. Oh dear, I hope I'll be able to locate Jesus if I do go to Cambridge, or I may have a problem, hehe! At least Homerton is right next to where we'd be taught though, so no long treks through Cambridge! I'm hoping to privately rent a place with my boyfriend (assuming he can find a job in whatever area I end up)...but if it ends up just being me then I guess it depends whether the colleges have available accommodation or not.
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    Not that I know of, maybe you can create one for us?
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    (Original post by MusicGirlKH)
    I did music for my undergrad. Oh dear, I hope I'll be able to locate Jesus if I do go to Cambridge, or I may have a problem, hehe! At least Homerton is right next to where we'd be taught though, so no long treks through Cambridge! I'm hoping to privately rent a place with my boyfriend (assuming he can find a job in whatever area I end up)...but if it ends up just being me then I guess it depends whether the colleges have available accommodation or not.
    That'll be a great for you when you start teaching! Haha, I'm sure it was easy to find really, I'm just not the greatest geographer ever, plus it was dark so that added to my lack of drive to find it! That would be lovely, the support would be great during such a tough year! Right, I am currently procrastinating and distracting myself from an array of lovely essays so I had better get back to it! It was great talking to you...please, please let me know what you decide next week
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    (Original post by s.of)
    That'll be a great for you when you start teaching! Haha, I'm sure it was easy to find really, I'm just not the greatest geographer ever, plus it was dark so that added to my lack of drive to find it! That would be lovely, the support would be great during such a tough year! Right, I am currently procrastinating and distracting myself from an array of lovely essays so I had better get back to it! It was great talking to you...please, please let me know what you decide next week
    I too have been distracting myself from an essay, so need to continue with that too. Have fun with your essays! I'll definitely let you know what my decision is when I know It would be nice to already know someone on a course I'd be doing!
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    (Original post by MusicGirlKH)
    I too have been distracting myself from an essay, so need to continue with that too. Have fun with your essays! I'll definitely let you know what my decision is when I know It would be nice to already know someone on a course I'd be doing!
    I agree, it'd be great, enjoy your essaying too, talk soon
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    (Original post by znh)
    Can a place retract an offer?

    I got an offer on 10th January and they contacted me yesterday asking if I intend to accept the place. I honesty don't know and I'm waiting for my other interviews so what's the best thing to say without messing up the offer?

    During my interview they did say they would prefer if I get in touch soon otherwise the place could be accepted by someone else.... can that happen?

    I've just got a voice messages asking to ring them and I'm sure it'll be whether or not I am accepting the offer...

    Help, please!!!!
    That's insane! I wouldn't think they'd be allowed to do that! I don't know what to say though, someone else might be better telling you about that because I don't know what they are allowed and aren't allowed to do. Has it updated on track? Because I'm sure if it has updated on track they can't take that back, however if they have only sent it via email they might argue they can take that back.
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    (Original post by znh)
    Can a place retract an offer?

    I got an offer on 10th January and they contacted me yesterday asking if I intend to accept the place. I honesty don't know and I'm waiting for my other interviews so what's the best thing to say without messing up the offer?

    During my interview they did say they would prefer if I get in touch soon otherwise the place could be accepted by someone else.... can that happen?

    I've just got a voice messages asking to ring them and I'm sure it'll be whether or not I am accepting the offer...

    Help, please!!!!



    Hi there! I was in this exact situation through the whole of christmas and the start of Jan. I was offered a school direct place and they wanted me to accept it before the 10th December despite me informing them repeatedly that I was waiting on two other institutions.
    They called and called me through till last monday, every time I basically said I am waiting and can't make that decision, they were not happy though as they didn't seem to understand how UCAS works.
    They tried to get me to drop the place by saying perhaps it wasn't for me and that I wasn't committed to it enough, just because I was waiting to hear from other places. It made the excitement of getting the offer so awful.
    So I rang UCAS just to check that they couldn't take it away (mine had updated to conditional on UCAS) and they said that once they have offered it to you they can't take it back until you reject the place.
    So I basically fended them off until I heard from my other choice Durham that I had gotten in, quickly accepted and phoned the school to let them know that I would be taking the other place and all she said was 'Thought you might.'. It's totally rubbish that they are doing that to you, I thought it was just my school, (the school direct place was at my old school) who didn't have a clue how it works.
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    (Original post by CM19)
    Well done! Don't want to hijack the thread with skills test talk but I thought I'd ask how you practiced since your method seems effective

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    No problem! I bought the 'How to pass the qts numeracy and literacy skills tests' revision guide which runs through each of the topics which will appear, eg percentages, money, time, graphs etc. Then I used the online practise tests to gauge how well I'd understood everything. Anything I wasn't sure on (such as cumulative frequency) I typed into YouTube, there are loads of brilliant tutorials which talk you through step by step. Good luck!


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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    That's insane! I wouldn't think they'd be allowed to do that! I don't know what to say though, someone else might be better telling you about that because I don't know what they are allowed and aren't allowed to do. Has it updated on track? Because I'm sure if it has updated on track they can't take that back, however if they have only sent it via email they might argue they can take that back.
    It's updated on track, I received an email and a letter.

    I really like the place but I still want to have my other interviews so I don't want to say I'm still considering, only for them to get annoyed.

    (Original post by Sarahn113)
    Hi there! I was in this exact situation through the whole of christmas and the start of Jan. I was offered a school direct place and they wanted me to accept it before the 10th December despite me informing them repeatedly that I was waiting on two other institutions.
    They called and called me through till last monday, every time I basically said I am waiting and can't make that decision, they were not happy though as they didn't seem to understand how UCAS works.
    They tried to get me to drop the place by saying perhaps it wasn't for me and that I wasn't committed to it enough, just because I was waiting to hear from other places. It made the excitement of getting the offer so awful.
    So I rang UCAS just to check that they couldn't take it away (mine had updated to conditional on UCAS) and they said that once they have offered it to you they can't take it back until you reject the place.
    So I basically fended them off until I heard from my other choice Durham that I had gotten in, quickly accepted and phoned the school to let them know that I would be taking the other place and all she said was 'Thought you might.'. It's totally rubbish that they are doing that to you, I thought it was just my school, (the school direct place was at my old school) who didn't have a clue how it works.
    Thank you for replying, you've saved me from ringing UCAS!!

    I might just reply to the call via email saying I'm very serious about accepting the offer but I'm still considering my options. Then avoid them...

    It'll be a long wait though because my second interview isn't till 28th .
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    Finished my interviews yesterday and now i'm back to checking track every few hours to see if its updated!
    Has anyone had responses from Bedford or BGU?
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    I have failed to get into the University of Manchester and Manchester Met, because of my interviews. The School direct place I applied for have also rejected me without an interview. I am absolutely devastated, guess I wasn't meant to be a teacher, that's three years of my life wasted
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    (Original post by znh)
    Thank you for replying, you've saved me from ringing UCAS!!

    I might just reply to the call via email saying I'm very serious about accepting the offer but I'm still considering my options. Then avoid them...

    It'll be a long wait though because my second interview isn't till 28th .
    It's hard to say what would be best as you never know what they are going to say back. They kept asking me if I had a preference, basically which would I pick if I got an offer from Durham, which I thought was rather unprofessional since it puts me in a very awkward position. So I tried to be tactful when I replied and just said that if I got an offer from the other institution that might suit me better for my future prospects then I would accept it and then someone who might much prefer a school direct place could take that place.
    I was trying to be nice when I said this so I didnt have to just come out and say well ill obviously pick Durham its such a well respected university and I would be honored that they would accept me. However I might as well have just said that because they just turned it around on me and said maybe then I wasn't committed to this placement and I didn't have the 'right level' of commitment for their place. I'm hoping whoever you are in communication with will be more understanding, I also tried to gently inform them that I have the right to wait until 10 days max after I've heard from all three of my choices before I have to give them a decision but I don't think they were really taking that in.
    However you could definitely bring it up just so they know that you know how the system operates and you won't be pressured into anything. If in doubt though, do ring UCAS they were really sympathetic on the phone and could probably help you out if it gets worse. Best of luck xxxx
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I've been waiting to hear back from one of my choices for about a month now. Really annoying seeing as I want to accept an offer. I know I could ring up and ask them to release me but I just want to know if they would have given me an offer or not
    I feel the same, although I haven't been waiting anywhere near as long. Even though I know I am going to go with the one I have an offer from now, I am still interested to see how I did at the other interview!
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    (Original post by boggleman)
    I have failed to get into the University of Manchester and Manchester Met, because of my interviews. The School direct place I applied for have also rejected me without an interview. I am absolutely devastated, guess I wasn't meant to be a teacher, that's three years of my life wasted
    I'm so sorry to hear that, I can imagine that you're feeling utterly devastated right now. Can I ask, did you get any feedback from the universities on why they rejected you? Why do you feel you've wasted three years?

    I know it's difficult to think positively right now, but try to take a step back and think about things objectively. It's still worth applying via the Apply 2 route, as you never know what might happen. You got two interviews in Apply 1, so your qualifications, experience and personal statement must be pretty good. THere is no reason why you wouldn't get an interview in Apply 2. If you can get some feedback on your interview technique, then you'll be able to work on that for your next set of interviews. God luck!
 
 
 
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