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    Accepted my offer for PGCE Computer Science at University of Huddersfield so was just wondering if anyone else is doing it there?

    Or even if anyone's not doing it there I'd still like to know which university you have chosen, or will choose?

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    Hey,

    Congrats on getting accepted!

    My choices are UCL (IoE) or King's. I plan on applying by the end of the week (I know, I'm quite late ) - there's open days happening next week, which I will be attending, so surely I won't be the only person applying a little late.

    Have you chosen the School Direct or University Lead option?

    Any advice you could give to someone applying?

    Thanks
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    (Original post by misstech)

    Any advice you could give to someone applying?

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    Seriously consider going via a School's Direct option. I have found that University led and School's direct are practically identical with two vital differences.
    1. You know which schools you will be working in well in advance. By contrast the uni lot found out about 4 days before starting
    2. In my school, I have benefitted from all the training offered to the SCHITT trainees which has included a mental health course, voice coaching and more besides.

    In order words, School Direct has been vastly better than University led IMO.

    Good luck!
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    Great! Thanks for that information!

    Do you apply for the School's Direct route through UCAS too?

    Thanks!
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    Hi I got a computer science interview this week for schools direct and wanted some pointers or to see if you or any one had to do anything similar.The format is as follows :
    Group discussion with interview panel and other candidates15-minute generic written task (hidden until the day, no preparation required)30-minute subject specific written task (hidden until the day, no preparation required)Individual panel interviews (including 5-minute starter exercise, see below)As part of your interview for Computer Science candidates, please prepare a 5-minute starter exercise on the following: Describe the meaning of an algorithm for a Year 7 class
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    (Original post by holness2)
    Hi I got a computer science interview this week for schools direct and wanted some pointers or to see if you or any one had to do anything similar.The format is as follows :
    Group discussion with interview panel and other candidates15-minute generic written task (hidden until the day, no preparation required)30-minute subject specific written task (hidden until the day, no preparation required)Individual panel interviews (including 5-minute starter exercise, see below)As part of your interview for Computer Science candidates, please prepare a 5-minute starter exercise on the following: Describe the meaning of an algorithm for a Year 7 class
    You'll first be interviewed by the panel (usually 2 or 3 lecturers) about why you want to go for the course and questions like where you see yourself in teaching. You need to show PASSION! Then, for the 5 minute starter activity, you need to have prepared a quick PowerPoint presentation that you would use to teach year 7 about algorithms. Do this now.

    Include things like:
    - Learning objectives
    - Success criteria
    - Use of questioning (question the panel! "who can tell me what an algorithm is?", "can you name something you do everyday?" etc...)
    - Make sure your slides are designed in a way that is suitable for year 7 - no flashy colours or blocks of text!
    - Include an activity (since it is a starter, you need to get them doing something within the first 5 minutes of the lesson)
    - The activity could be to get them to log on and look up definitions of words related to the topic, which you have displayed on the board. They could even do a word search on the keywords!

    For the other things they are telling you about, you would probably discuss how you would handle a class for the group discussion part. They may present you with a scenario that you have to 'tackle' with your new colleagues.

    The generic written task might be a past paper or mock test to find out any gaps in your subject knowledge. Usually, you are not penalised by these - your answer for scoring low (if you do) should be that you are willing to increase your subject knowledge between now and when the course starts and that you will use past papers to help you with this.

    Hope this helps!
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    This is amazing, Im confident with the do now its more the subject knowledge test etc.But thank you yet again.
 
 
 
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