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    Hi all, has anyone ever had a pgce interview at Bolton university and know the process?? I have my interview on Wednesday 15th and I'm panicking.

    I received an email stating it will involve a one on one interview, a 5 min talk on physical education in further education, a written task , a literacy test and a numeracy test.

    Any help or tips would be appreciated.

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    The excuse for a university lets anyone in, so you have nothing to worry about in terms of actually getting accepted, as long as you're in a subject area where they'd be able to find a placement.

    But it's been years since I completed my PGDE and they STILL haven't given it me, despite a complaint to the OIA (Office of the "Independent" Adjudicator, which a quick google search can show you isn't actually independent at all).

    They were voted worst in the country during my time there and it didn't surprise me one bit, they discriminate against disabilities (especially people with mental health problems despite any posters on the wall suggesting otherwise) - one tutor even publicly mocked people with Tourettes, on two separate occasions, and all we got were excuses when we complained. The university (I prefer to call it a community college, and that's being nice) had a staff member (Chris Minta) make a fake complaint about a Students' Union president (she didn't like the fact that Shana, the president, did a great job of representing people, so Chris made up some nonsense about finances), illegally ejected Shana, then even more illegally replaced her with Chris - a STAFF MEMBER (the law requires that Students' Union presidents are voted on, and they should never be members of staff due to the obvious conflict of interest).

    Since then, even with duping the investigators (I overheard staff members talking about it), they rose only to 115th place, and as late as 2015 it was ranked worst in the North West (doesn't surprise me one bit) so even if they do actually give your your PGCE, it'll be pretty worthless.

    But it's your choice. The interview will be a breeze. Just do what you've been told to do, and have a few questions ready for at the end of the interview when they ask you if you have any questions.
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    Hi Vicky,
    The interview process is simple and not as scary as you may think.
    Firstly, the literacy and numeracy test is just to gauge where you are and whether you would need any additional support - The University of Bolton have specialist tutors to ensure the success of all its students, it is not a determining factor. The five minute presentation is just to ensure you can stand up in front of a group and present and the interview will be questions to ensure you have read up on the policies and implementations in your sector. The University of Bolton is an inclusive university and from personal experience have gone above and beyond for their students with all disabilities and mental illness - I am a student within that category and the support has been second to none. There are clear policies and procedures regarding awards and the university will always make an award for complete3d work.

    I wish you all the best with your interview and hope this helps

    Good Luck
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    (Original post by Vickydillon06)
    Hi all, has anyone ever had a pgce interview at Bolton university and know the process?? I have my interview on Wednesday 15th and I'm panicking.

    I received an email stating it will involve a one on one interview, a 5 min talk on physical education in further education, a written task , a literacy test and a numeracy test.

    Any help or tips would be appreciated.

    Thank you
    Hi Vickydillon06,

    And thank you, lo5hss for your advice, you are 100% on the process! We try to keep the day as simple as possible so please don't worry!

    Although I now work for the university, I also did my PGDE here and found my experience to be very positive. I went through exactly the same interview process as what you will be and was also nervous but after I did it I realised there wasn't anything to get worked up over.

    We do the maths and literacy tasks to see where you are and like @lo5hss said, to see if you need any additional support. The presentation and one-to-one interview are to get a feel for you overall communication skills, get to know you a little bit better and to see how passionate you are about being a teacher.

    My advice would just to be to make sure you are prepared - do some research into your subject area within the teaching sector and whether we can expect any future developments. It may also be worth looking into how your subject benefits learners and explaining why you have a passion for your subject and what you can personally bring to the role of teaching.

    If you have any more concerns about the day then we can always put you in touch with one the tutors of the programme. They can just go over everything in a little bit more detail.

    Hope this helps, let me know if you need anything else and of course GOOD LUCK!

    Best wishes,

    Leah
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    Total lies, clearly written by someone with a vested interest. The excuse for a university (it's a bloody disgrace to the name 'university' illegally replaced a Students' Union president with a staff member, and never provided me with my full award for completed work.

    As for supporting people with disabilities, how is mocking them supporting them? Some staff also seem to have keys to disabled toilets and kept opening disabled toilets whilst people were using them, security guards libel people and harass them, only stopping once a student's friends are made aware of the problem and intervene, the "quality" department lies, and a person with a wheelchair had to be CARRIED into a lecture theatre because there was no disabled access at the time. When complaints are made, instead of fixing problems, the "university" harasses students.

    I have a disability and was railroaded out of what would have been a great placement, by THREE staff members who were all ignorant of my disability and wanted to make decisions for me (or rather, against me).

    I worked my backside off for a year on a PGDE course (that's what Bolton called it at the time despite virtually every other university calling it a PGCE) and was refused it because I made valid complaints (disability discrimination, inappropriate use of cameras, dangerous security staff, etc. etc. etc.). Somebody I knew who studied on the course had actually completed her undergraduate at Bolton but made it clear that she would not recommend the PGDE to anyone, it was that terrible. Like me, she only really chose Bolton because of its location and her location at the time.

    It's true that some people have had a good time at Bolton, and you may be one of the lucky ones. But the lucky ones don't discount the fact that it's a disgrace.
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    Hi Vickydillon06, Vickydillon06

    just wondering I have my interview soon. What type of things did you include in your 5 minute presentation?
 
 
 
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