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Hi everybody!

Ella here. I am currently a student at the University of Reading and I have just finished my second year. I am studying a BA in Primary Education with an English specialism.

It would be great to hear from prospective students who are interested in Education or similar courses, or even those who are looking at coming to Reading in general!

If you have any questions about interviews, the course or studying primary teaching in general, please don’t hesitate to ask!

I look forward to hearing from you 😊

Ella

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(Original post by UniofReading)
Hi everybody!

Ella here. I am currently a student at the University of Reading and I have just finished my second year. I am studying a BA in Primary Education with an English specialism.

It would be great to hear from prospective students who are interested in Education or similar courses, or even those who are looking at coming to Reading in general!

If you have any questions about interviews, the course or studying primary teaching in general, please don’t hesitate to ask!

I look forward to hearing from you 😊

Ella

2nd year BA Primary Education with English Specialism (QTS)
What interview advice would you give to primary education applicants? We get tonnes of questions on this throughout the year so it'd be really useful for me to be blue to refer back to something.

What should an applicant expect from a primary ed interview?
How can they best prepare?
What advice would you give to any applicant being interviewed?



Lovely thread the way, I'm going to redirect it across a few forums so hopefully it gets noticed more.
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Hi, thanks for your response!

As an applicant and prospective student, an interview date is often a chance to familiarise yourself with the university that you have applied for and to get to know the course a little better (as well as a method of filtering out some candidates). It also allows the university admissions tutors to assess if you would be a good fit on the course and to put a name to a personal statement. They want to see if you are eager and enthusiastic about the field that you are being interviewed for and it is your chance to display this.

My best piece of advice would be to make sure that you are as prepared as you can be for the actual day to avoid unnecessary stress. This is something that you definitely don’t want before your interview has even started! Give yourself plenty of time to reach the education provider as this can sometimes be difficult to locate (particularly if you are unsure about where you are going/it is your first time attending the site).

As well as this, ensure that you are prepared for the actual day: if there are any tasks that you need to complete beforehand, complete them to the best of your ability and then reread them the day before to familiarise yourself. This will mean that you aren’t rushing the night before. Try to research a little bit more about the course and what it entails as this will help you to ask relevant questions to the admissions tutors on the day, helping you to see if the course that you are being interviewed for is the right one for you and allow you feel more comfortable.

Finally, congratulate yourself on receiving an interview offer! You should go in there feeling as confident as you can and showcase yourself to the best of your ability. You are already halfway there and there isn’t too much further to go. You have got this!

* Just to note some general advice and pointers for Primary Education applicants - ensure that you have familiarised yourself with what is required of you for your course in terms of entry requirements and experience. This should involve the passing of the QTS skills tests in English and mathematics. It is wise to book these ASAP if you are interested in the course, as slots can fill up very quickly and education providers will generally require these of you prior to starting the course. You can complete mock tests online for this. You will also likely require a DBS check before the course begins - information regarding this are likely to be mentioned at interview. Some universities will require evidence of work experience in a school or education setting also, so it is important to check this beforehand.

Good luck!

Ella
2nd Year BA Primary Education with English specialism (QTS)
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What interview advice would you give to primary education applicants? We get tonnes of questions on this throughout the year so it'd be really useful for me to be blue to refer back to something.

What should an applicant expect from a primary ed interview?
How can they best prepare?
What advice would you give to any applicant being interviewed?



Lovely thread the way, I'm going to redirect it across a few forums so hopefully it gets noticed more.
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Hi Ella,

I was looking at coming to Reading to do the BA Primary Education with QTS, but unfortunately, could not attend the open day to hear about the course. Therefore, any information you have on the course would be brilliant. I am thinking of becoming a special educational needs teacher or at least specializing in SEN, so if you have any info on this particular aspect of the course, that would also be good. Lastly, I am very interested in placements e.g. how long they last, how many are there, were they beneficial etc. Also, can you do a placement in a special school? Thanks in advance,

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Hi everybody!

Ella here. I am currently a student at the University of Reading and I have just finished my second year. I am studying a BA in Primary Education with an English specialism.

It would be great to hear from prospective students who are interested in Education or similar courses, or even those who are looking at coming to Reading in general!

If you have any questions about interviews, the course or studying primary teaching in general, please don’t hesitate to ask!

I look forward to hearing from you 😊

Ella

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Hi, thanks for your response!

As an applicant and prospective student, an interview date is often a chance to familiarise yourself with the university that you have applied for and to get to know the course a little better (as well as a method of filtering out some candidates). It also allows the university admissions tutors to assess if you would be a good fit on the course and to put a name to a personal statement. They want to see if you are eager and enthusiastic about the field that you are being interviewed for and it is your chance to display this.

My best piece of advice would be to make sure that you are as prepared as you can be for the actual day to avoid unnecessary stress. This is something that you definitely don’t want before your interview has even started! Give yourself plenty of time to reach the education provider as this can sometimes be difficult to locate (particularly if you are unsure about where you are going/it is your first time attending the site).

As well as this, ensure that you are prepared for the actual day: if there are any tasks that you need to complete beforehand, complete them to the best of your ability and then reread them the day before to familiarise yourself. This will mean that you aren’t rushing the night before. Try to research a little bit more about the course and what it entails as this will help you to ask relevant questions to the admissions tutors on the day, helping you to see if the course that you are being interviewed for is the right one for you and allow you feel more comfortable.

Finally, congratulate yourself on receiving an interview offer! You should go in there feeling as confident as you can and showcase yourself to the best of your ability. You are already halfway there and there isn’t too much further to go. You have got this!

* Just to note some general advice and pointers for Primary Education applicants - ensure that you have familiarised yourself with what is required of you for your course in terms of entry requirements and experience. This should involve the passing of the QTS skills tests in English and mathematics. It is wise to book these ASAP if you are interested in the course, as slots can fill up very quickly and education providers will generally require these of you prior to starting the course. You can complete mock tests online for this. You will also likely require a DBS check before the course begins - information regarding this are likely to be mentioned at interview. Some universities will require evidence of work experience in a school or education setting also, so it is important to check this beforehand.

Good luck!

Ella
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Thank you so much for this, I'm going to edit this into a standard response and save it on another thread, then tag you to see if you think it's a far reflection on what you said.
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Hi Abby,

It is excellent that you are already thinking about what you would like to specialise in! During your third-year on the course, you will indeed undertake a compulsory week long SEN placement. This can be located in a variety of settings from a behavioural unit to a school that might cater for those of differing or additional needs. You will also partake in lectures that are based around the topics of SEN and inclusion during your time on the course.

As for placements, in first year you will complete a weekly serial placement that commenced in October, followed by a 3 and a half week block that finishes around Easter time. In your second year, the placement lasts for 7 weeks and in third year it is 8 weeks. For both second and third year, two of the weeks in the long blocks are diagnostic meaning that you can get to know the rules and regulations of your school before being let loose to teach!

The teaching percentage that you will undertake is: 40% during year 1, followed by 60% in year 2. In year 3, you will teach 80% of the time as a qualified teacher would do (the 20% being allocated to PPA).

On the whole, I have found the placements to be hugely beneficial so far, in particular I found that the jump from first year to second year placement meant that I had significantly more of a professional role whilst in the school. I found this to be challenging but extremely rewarding at the end!

I hope that this was of some help to you? If you have another question please don’t hesitate!

Ella 🙂
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Hi Ella,

I was looking at coming to Reading to do the BA Primary Education with QTS, but unfortunately, could not attend the open day to hear about the course. Therefore, any information you have on the course would be brilliant. I am thinking of becoming a special educational needs teacher or at least specializing in SEN, so if you have any info on this particular aspect of the course, that would also be good. Lastly, I am very interested in placements e.g. how long they last, how many are there, were they beneficial etc. Also, can you do a placement in a special school? Thanks in advance,

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UniofReading, I've taken what you said and reformatted it slightly, I've put it here:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...8&postcount=12

Can you let me know if you think this is a fair reflection of what you've said?

When it comes round to interview times again next year and we get 3000 threads asking the same thing I can use this as a bit of a standard response.
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Hi again,

this looks good! I’m glad that my advice is reaching a wider audience - hopefully it will be helpful to them.

Ella
2nd year BA Primary Education with English specialism (QTS)
(Original post by 04MR17)
UniofReading, I've taken what you said and reformatted it slightly, I've put it here:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...8&postcount=12

Can you let me know if you think this is a fair reflection of what you've said?

When it comes round to interview times again next year and we get 3000 threads asking the same thing I can use this as a bit of a standard response.
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