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    I have received offers from Leeds Trinity, Leeds Beckett, Huddersfield and Sheffield Hallam. Now it's time to finally choose which Uni I really want to go to. I am finding it hard to choose between Sheffield Hallam and Huddersfield as both Uni's I like... so just wanted to ask which university is the best option for
    Secondary PGCE and why?

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    If you sit down and compare courses is there any way you can distinguish between the two? That's your answer. Also think of other things you want from the student experience.
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    I agree with alleycat - you need to do a bit of a 'features and benefits' for the ones you've narrowed it down to. Regardless of the university, isn't Huddersfield an awful dump somewhere in the North? I would have thought Sheffield, being that bit bigger, would have more to offer.
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    Thank you alleycat and Reality Check for your replies.

    I checked many reviews and compared both uni's, as well as thinking to myself where I'd be more comfortable... Well, I finally got my answer Huddersfield it is! Both uni's have their strengths & weaknesses but from what I've researched (university rankings on the guardian, complete university guide, the Times), hearing from others and seeing student reviews and comparisons for Education as a subject Huddersfield is the better option. But Huddersfield beats it in that!

    Plus, thinking about it carefully I found that I would be more comfortable in Huddersfield - I felt safe. Clearly shows I'm not much of a fan of a huge place.

    Sheffield Hallam Rankings:

    THE (2016/2017), National = 89
    THE (2016/2017), World = 801+
    Complete (2017), National = 72 (Overall)
    Complete (2017), Subject (ITT) = 32
    The Guardian (2017), National = 86
    The Guardian (2017), Subject (Education) = 22
    Times (2017), National = 79
    CUG (2017) = 72
    UK Uni (2017) = 81
    UK Uni (2017) Subject (Education) = 51
    WUSCA (2016) = 75

    University of Huddersfield Rankings:

    QS (2016, 2017), National = 70
    QS (2016/2017), World = 701+
    THE (2016/2017), National = 64
    THE (2016/2017), World = 601-800
    Complete (2017), National = 81 (Overall)
    Complete (2017), Subject (ITT) = 16
    The Guardian (2017), National =77 (Overall)
    The Guardian (2017), Subject (Education) = 7th
    Times (2017), National = 77
    CUG (2017) = 79
    UK Uni (2017) = 79
    UK Uni (2017) Subject (Education) = 30
    WUSCA (2016) = 51

    Finally for the subject I want to specialise in is currently ranked;
    49 - University of Huddersfield
    73 - Sheffield Hallam University

    Please do correct me if any of this information is wrong. I have no intentions of making Sheffield Hallam look bad - it is a good university. I know many people who have gone there & loved it! But, for me Huddersfield would be the best option.
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    (Original post by 28aaaoxo)
    Thank you alleycat and Reality Check for your replies.

    I checked many reviews and compared both uni's, as well as thinking to myself where I'd be more comfortable... Well, I finally got my answer Huddersfield it is! Both uni's have their strengths & weaknesses but from what I've researched (university rankings on the guardian, complete university guide, the Times), hearing from others and seeing student reviews and comparisons for Education as a subject Huddersfield is the better option. But Huddersfield beats it in that!

    Plus, thinking about it carefully I found that I would be more comfortable in Huddersfield - I felt safe. Clearly shows I'm not much of a fan of a huge place.

    Sheffield Hallam Rankings:

    THE (2016/2017), National = 89
    THE (2016/2017), World = 801+
    Complete (2017), National = 72 (Overall)
    Complete (2017), Subject (ITT) = 32
    The Guardian (2017), National = 86
    The Guardian (2017), Subject (Education) = 22
    Times (2017), National = 79
    CUG (2017) = 72
    UK Uni (2017) = 81
    UK Uni (2017) Subject (Education) = 51
    WUSCA (2016) = 75

    University of Huddersfield Rankings:

    QS (2016, 2017), National = 70
    QS (2016/2017), World = 701+
    THE (2016/2017), National = 64
    THE (2016/2017), World = 601-800
    Complete (2017), National = 81 (Overall)
    Complete (2017), Subject (ITT) = 16
    The Guardian (2017), National =77 (Overall)
    The Guardian (2017), Subject (Education) = 7th
    Times (2017), National = 77
    CUG (2017) = 79
    UK Uni (2017) = 79
    UK Uni (2017) Subject (Education) = 30
    WUSCA (2016) = 51

    Finally for the subject I want to specialise in is currently ranked;
    49 - University of Huddersfield
    73 - Sheffield Hallam University

    Please do correct me if any of this information is wrong. I have no intentions of making Sheffield Hallam look bad - it is a good university. I know many people who have gone there & loved it! But, for me Huddersfield would be the best option.
    Hi 28aaaoxo

    It's great to see you doing such thorough research about university choices If you have further questions about Huddersfield head on over to our forum, we'd be happy to help: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=230

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    HI I am hoping that yo are enjoying your course.i have an interview in Leeds trinity next week ?will you please tell me how’s was the interview there and what are things included ?Any help much appreciated I am really nervous ..Farah
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    HI I am hoping that yo are enjoying your course.i have an interview in Leeds trinity next week ?will you please tell me how’s was the interview there and what are things included ?Any help much appreciated I am really nervous ..Farah
    Hi!🙋 unfortunately due to personal circumstances I had to decline the offer so currently on a gap year and hopefully going to be re applying for 2018.

    Firstly, during the interview day... I was in a group of 6-10 people all planning to do the PGCE but a variety of subjects. We were told to prepare a small presentation as in just think about what you’ve done at placement etc and talk about it.

    After that moved on to group discussion (I was really nervous about this as I dread public speaking and all) regardless of that I felt comfortable and managed to discuss and debate about the points given. For this a piece of advice - do contribute; don’t talk too much or be too quiet (keep a track of the TES website to find out about the recent things about Teaching/Education).

    We were given an outline about the PGCE course and all the necessary stuff, following that taken to another room where I was the only one to sit an actual GCSE exam paper related to my subject. Was called into the interview room where my course leader was - she asked a few questions related to placement/experience and then present a mini lesson which you must have planned alongside a written task which was completed prior to the interview during the session.

    I’m not sure about Leeds Trinity’s process but it should be very much similar.

    And that was it really! 😅 I was extremely worried when I got home thinking I’ve done awful. But, the next day I got an email stating they’ve offered me a place. If only things went smoothly I would’ve been on my PGCE right now.

    Anyways, I hope my tips were useful and helpful. Wishing you all the very best for your PGCE interview - as I know Leeds Trinity is ranked at top for its ITT courses. And you must definitely be confident if you’ve applied there as I find any big city Leeds to be a scary place ha ha.

    Do let me know how your interview goes. 😊 hope the best for you
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    I live in Huddersfield and it’s a horrible place but it is really good for teaching. But Sheffield Hallam is the 7th best uni for teaching x
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    I am always a bit puzzled by this as for PGCE (1 year) you don't really spend much time in uni - perhaps 6 weeks of the year. If I were you I would pose the question - what bureaucracy and paper work do you require because from my experience, MMU was much more onerous than Manchester Uni and both were vastly better than the school I trained at which ran a SCHITT.
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    Hi Many thanks for your tips and detailed reply 😊The same thing happened with me .last year I have applied in Middlesex Uni in London ,got a place there ,even I have done my Ske course as well but In August due to my husbands job I have to moved to Leeds so left every thing .Now again apply in Leeds and got an interview call so hopefully got a place here in PGCE.i will let you know about my interview Good luck to you too 😊
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    (Original post by 28aaaoxo)
    Hi!🙋 unfortunately due to personal circumstances I had to decline the offer so currently on a gap year and hopefully going to be re applying for 2018.

    Firstly, during the interview day... I was in a group of 6-10 people all planning to do the PGCE but a variety of subjects. We were told to prepare a small presentation as in just think about what you’ve done at placement etc and talk about it.

    After that moved on to group discussion (I was really nervous about this as I dread public speaking and all) regardless of that I felt comfortable and managed to discuss and debate about the points given. For this a piece of advice - do contribute; don’t talk too much or be too quiet (keep a track of the TES website to find out about the recent things about Teaching/Education).

    We were given an outline about the PGCE course and all the necessary stuff, following that taken to another room where I was the only one to sit an actual GCSE exam paper related to my subject. Was called into the interview room where my course leader was - she asked a few questions related to placement/experience and then present a mini lesson which you must have planned alongside a written task which was completed prior to the interview during the session.

    I’m not sure about Leeds Trinity’s process but it should be very much similar.

    And that was it really! 😅 I was extremely worried when I got home thinking I’ve done awful. But, the next day I got an email stating they’ve offered me a place. If only things went smoothly I would’ve been on my PGCE right now.

    Anyways, I hope my tips were useful and helpful. Wishing you all the very best for your PGCE interview - as I know Leeds Trinity is ranked at top for its ITT courses. And you must definitely be confident if you’ve applied there as I find any big city Leeds to be a scary place ha ha.

    Do let me know how your interview goes. 😊 hope the best for you
    Hey,

    Sorry to hear that you had to decline the offer!

    I just wanted to say that I'm a 3rd year student at Sheffield Hallam (studying English Language) and I have previously considered taking a PGCE here after I graduate. So, if you wanted to find out anything else about the course or the University itself, or the city, I would be happy to advise you

    However, it does sound like you're pretty set on Huddersfield, but just thought I'd offer some help!

    Good luck
 
 
 
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