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Hello TSR!


My name is Anastasia and I am on the BA (Hons) Education Studies course. I am in my final year now, so I am in a great position to answer any questions about the course and any other education-focused courses. If I can't answer your question, I will pester the staff at the university and find out!


I have recently secured a space on a Primary 5-11 PGCE with Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, the interview process was a challenge, to say the least! If you have any questions about the interview process I am happy to answer them and share my tips:smile:


I LOVE my course and anything education-related, but I am also keen to answer ANY of your questions! They could be about uni life, part-time jobs, volunteering, timetables, workload, assessments, etc.


Looking forward to reading your comments!


Anastasia,

BCU Student Rep.
Hello, I have applied here for Education studies, can I ask what the timetable is like? Do you feel you have quality teaching? I don't want to become a teacher but do want to work in a school setting, is it focused on broad education roles or mainly for people who want to become teachers?
Hope you don't mind all the questions. Thank you šŸ˜Š
Original post by JessA1988
Hello, I have applied here for Education studies, can I ask what the timetable is like? Do you feel you have quality teaching? I don't want to become a teacher but do want to work in a school setting, is it focused on broad education roles or mainly for people who want to become teachers?
Hope you don't mind all the questions. Thank you šŸ˜Š

Hi @JessA1988

No problem at all! Please send all your questions my way:smile:

Firstly, it is so exciting to hear you are applying for Ed Studies!

My current timetable is Monday 9-12 am and Tuesday 9-3 pm. You typically have three lectures a week, lasting around 3 hours each. I am in my third year, so I am in a great position to tell you what the course is like.

I can't fault the teaching; I have grown and changed in many ways since studying Ed Studies. I have changed my career goals more times than I can count! All of the lecturers on Ed Studies are incredibly passionate about education and are experts in different fields/aspects of education. Outside of the School of Education and Social Work, the Faculty of Health, Education, and Life Sciences is very supportive, too. Many opportunities are available to us Ed Studies students, from volunteering abroad to helping the local community.

Many on my course do not want to become teachers but are interested in the education sector, which is precisely why they chose Ed Studies. The course has been revalidated this year, so what you will study will be slightly different from what I have studied, but the fundamental parts have stayed the same. You will go on placement in your second year, but it does not have to be in a school. It can be anywhere as long as there is a link to education.

I would strongly advise you to attend an open day, if possible, as you can join the Intro to Education Studies talk. Here, a lecturer will break down all aspects of the course and each module. If you want to discover our next one, click here.

I hope this answers your questions; if I have missed anything or you have any more questions, let me know!

Anastasia,
BCU Student Rep.
Original post by BCU Student Rep
Hi @JessA1988

No problem at all! Please send all your questions my way:smile:

Firstly, it is so exciting to hear you are applying for Ed Studies!

My current timetable is Monday 9-12 am and Tuesday 9-3 pm. You typically have three lectures a week, lasting around 3 hours each. I am in my third year, so I am in a great position to tell you what the course is like.

I can't fault the teaching; I have grown and changed in many ways since studying Ed Studies. I have changed my career goals more times than I can count! All of the lecturers on Ed Studies are incredibly passionate about education and are experts in different fields/aspects of education. Outside of the School of Education and Social Work, the Faculty of Health, Education, and Life Sciences is very supportive, too. Many opportunities are available to us Ed Studies students, from volunteering abroad to helping the local community.

Many on my course do not want to become teachers but are interested in the education sector, which is precisely why they chose Ed Studies. The course has been revalidated this year, so what you will study will be slightly different from what I have studied, but the fundamental parts have stayed the same. You will go on placement in your second year, but it does not have to be in a school. It can be anywhere as long as there is a link to education.

I would strongly advise you to attend an open day, if possible, as you can join the Intro to Education Studies talk. Here, a lecturer will break down all aspects of the course and each module. If you want to discover our next one, click here.

I hope this answers your questions; if I have missed anything or you have any more questions, let me know!

Anastasia,
BCU Student Rep.

That's great, thank you so much šŸ˜Š
Reply 4
Original post by BCU Student Rep
Hello TSR!


My name is Anastasia and I am on the BA (Hons) Education Studies course. I am in my final year now, so I am in a great position to answer any questions about the course and any other education-focused courses. If I can't answer your question, I will pester the staff at the university and find out!


I have recently secured a space on a Primary 5-11 PGCE with Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, the interview process was a challenge, to say the least! If you have any questions about the interview process I am happy to answer them and share my tips:smile:


I LOVE my course and anything education-related, but I am also keen to answer ANY of your questions! They could be about uni life, part-time jobs, volunteering, timetables, workload, assessments, etc.


Looking forward to reading your comments!


Anastasia,

BCU Student Rep.


Hello, i have had an interview last week for my adult nursing. Do you know how long they would take to respond?
Original post by Shima89
Hello, i have had an interview last week for my adult nursing. Do you know how long they would take to respond?

Hi @Shima89

Firstly, congratulations on receiving an interview. I hope it all went well!

Don't worry, we'll be in touch as soon as we can! We aim to get back to everyone in 10 working days after their interview, but we are processing lots of applications at the moment so this may take a little bit longer. Particularly with Nursing, it is by far one of the most popular courses we offer at BCU!

Good luck and hopefully we will see you on campus in the future:smile:

Anastasia,
BCU Student Rep.
Hi, I hope you can help me. I have my social science pgce interview next week and it is an online interview lasting 4 hours. I am worried about what to expect and any advice would be much much appreciated.
Original post by farzanaali123
Hi, I hope you can help me. I have my social science pgce interview next week and it is an online interview lasting 4 hours. I am worried about what to expect and any advice would be much much appreciated.

Hi @farzanaali123

Firstly, congratulations on getting an interview!

4 hours does seem like a very long time, especially if it is online. I would hope that they have sent or will send you an email detailing exactly what will happen during the interview, so if you haven't received that yet, I would look out for it.

I assume your position will be in a secondary school, so slightly different to me as I will be doing a primary PGCE, and mine was in person, but I'm sure there will be some similarities.

My interview started with some subject knowledge tests; as I'm doing primary, this meant they tested me in all subjects, from Maths to Music!

I then had to teach a group of 6 pupils for 25 minutes (I was briefed beforehand via email on roughly what they wanted me to teach and for how long). After the 'lesson', I had to complete a reflection, which was then discussed with the interviewers.

Next was the formal part of the interview. They asked questions like Why do I want to teach primary? Why should they choose me? How has my degree equipped me for a career in teaching? Etc.

Then, I had to complete a written test to test my ability to write accurately and clearly. Followed by a numeracy test.

Hope this helps! Please let me know if there is anything else you are worried about:smile:

Good luck!!

Anastasia,
BCU Student Rep.
Reply 8
Original post by BCU Student Rep
Hello TSR!


My name is Anastasia and I am on the BA (Hons) Education Studies course. I am in my final year now, so I am in a great position to answer any questions about the course and any other education-focused courses. If I can't answer your question, I will pester the staff at the university and find out!


I have recently secured a space on a Primary 5-11 PGCE with Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, the interview process was a challenge, to say the least! If you have any questions about the interview process I am happy to answer them and share my tips:smile:


I LOVE my course and anything education-related, but I am also keen to answer ANY of your questions! They could be about uni life, part-time jobs, volunteering, timetables, workload, assessments, etc.


Looking forward to reading your comments!


Anastasia,

BCU Student Rep.

Hi Anastasia,
I have an interview for BA (Hons) Primary Education (5-11) with QTS.
For the interview I have to plan and lead an activity that shows I can :

ā€¢

Prepare effective learning activities

ā€¢

use clear instructions

ā€¢

interact and communicate effectively with a group

ā€¢

involve the learners with the activity

I am really nervous as I don't have many ideas on what to do for the activity and not very confident. I have one idea to do and activity based on CPR but I feel like it wouldn't be fun for everyone and I would just be talking for the whole activity. Do you have any ideas on an activity I could do ?
Thank you :smile:
Original post by eve.123
Hi Anastasia,
I have an interview for BA (Hons) Primary Education (5-11) with QTS.
For the interview I have to plan and lead an activity that shows I can :

ā€¢

Prepare effective learning activities

ā€¢

use clear instructions

ā€¢

interact and communicate effectively with a group

ā€¢

involve the learners with the activity

I am really nervous as I don't have many ideas on what to do for the activity and not very confident. I have one idea to do and activity based on CPR but I feel like it wouldn't be fun for everyone and I would just be talking for the whole activity. Do you have any ideas on an activity I could do ?
Thank you :smile:

Hi @eve.123

Congratulations on your interview!

I love your idea, and I think you could easily demonstrate the following:

ā€¢ Prepare effective learning activities
ā€¢ Use clear instructions
ā€¢ Involve the learners with the activity

As for 'Interact and communicate effectively with a group,' I think it may be a slight issue if you talk the whole time. One way to overcome this is to think of a few questions or scenarios throughout the activity to encourage discussion. I think it is a great idea and people will find it very engaging.

For my PGCE interview, I had to do an activity that related to British Values. My interview was the week before Bonfire Night, so I literally Googled something like 'British Values and Guy Fawkes Primary lesson'. I ended up stumbling across some great lessons and resources (National Geographic Kids). You can have a look too, follow this here.

Don't be afraid to have a Google and steal some ideas and resources! They're not looking for originality but simply want to see how you deliver a lesson. I would use YouTube too; search for CPR training and you might find some useful videos that show someone giving CPR training. Make a note of the questions they ask or any engaging activites they have used.

I would practice, practice and practice so that by the time your interview happens, you know everything back to front. It is very easy to be confident if you know exactly what you're doing.

Good luck! :smile:

Anastasia,
BCU Student Rep.

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