University of Birmingham PGDipEd 2017-2018Watch
I'm Will - I've just been accepted to do my PGDipEd in Secondary Biology at the University of Birmingham. Anybody else going/hoping to go to Birmingham to do their teacher training?!
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Looking forward to meeting you guys!
I'll be starting my teacher training at the Universiy of Birmingham in September also. I'll be doing Secondary English
I currently work as a teaching assistant and tutor at a secondary school and now I've been accepted on the course I'm just itching to get started!
Are you looking forward to starting?
Hi Sophie, My interview for Secondary English is on Tuesday! Could you give me any insight into how the day goes, what the questions are like and how you found the process? Thanks, Erin
I've just broken up for Christmas hols as I finished my first placement on Friday! More than happy to give you some info about the interview and course
If your interview is the same as mine, then I'm guessing you'll have been asked to give a presentation? The structure of my day was: talk from Sally (tutor for English teacher training at Birmingham), deliver presentations, written task, individual interviews. For me, the hardest part was the written task just because it wasn't what I expected! We had a MASSIVE article (I didn't even finish reading it) about the two main theories regarding the teaching of phonics at reception level. Our task was to write a summary and then our opinion. The individual interview questions were what you'd expect: why you want to be a teacher, why Birmingham, why secondary English, what qualities you have that would make a good teacher etc. I finished my interview day at about lunchtime, and about an hour later Sally emailed me offering me a place - so it was a very quick response!
Let me know if you would like any further information. Good luck for your interview. Sally can seem quite intimidating, but she's actually amazing so don't let her frighten you!