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PGCE primary interview at Worcester

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by ali_biggart, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. Hi Guys,

    I have an interview in two weeks for Worcester's primary PGCE. I would like any advice that anyone has to offer about any aspect. Im a little worried about the interview being so long and kind of freaking out about it. Also does anyone know how many people you have to do your presentation infront of?? Could anyone who has done it give me any advice or even how your day went..

    This would be great,

    Thanks again,

    Alison :)
  2. Search for 'Worcester' in this forum and the threads from previous years will come up. I think I probably posted about my interview at Worcester a few years ago! If it's the same as my interview was I know a whole day sounds daunting but it's fine, honestly! Just be yourself and smile. Good luck [​IMG]
  3. Hi Mira_belle,
    I have an interview for the Primary PGCE at Worcester in March. I was wondering if you would mind forwarding me the message you refer to above, if you still have it! I'm a bit concerned about the ESS written work and the presentation as I don't really know what to include in it! Any info would be much appreciated. Thank you! [​IMG]
  4. Sorry to butt in..
    I have an interivew for Worcester University PGCE 2011 course, could anyone give me any advice on what to expect and what exactly this ESS essay is?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you!

  5. Hi!

    I had my interview for Worcester to start this September in November. They put us into groups of 4 or 5 to do our group discussion with two interviewers present and then went straight into our presentations. But honestly don't worry, it was really relaxed, the interviewers were really nice and it was quite informal - we stayed sitting down and just went round the circle.

    For the ESS you just need to write about what subject you would want to do and talk about what experience you have in it e.g did you study it . I chose history and just put about the different areas I covered during my degree, what my specialisations are. You could also talk about any relevant work experience.

    Hope that helps, good luck!
  6. Hi!
    Thank you so much for replying, I'm feeling less stressed now about it all! Do you mean you stayed sitting down in a circle for the presentations, or did you having to stand up in front of everyone?
    Also what questions (if you can remember!) were asked during the interview and what did the english and maths test involve? (Sorry to bombard youwith so many questions!)
    Thank you!!!
  7. ha don't worry about it :),
    yeah for the presentation they said we could stand if we want or stay sitting so we all just stayed sitting down, which was so much better!
    For the interview they asked why I wanted to be a teacher - obvious first question! They asked how I would get pupils interested in my subject (history) and I outlined a lesson plan i'd do ... they also asked what I thought of the masters element of doing a pgce and whether there was any education issues/ debates I was concerned about. Can't really remember all of them! Just remember to always be positive and enthusiastic, I don't know if you have time but I found the <a name="a1_21PT080001">[/URL]Trainee Primary Teacher's Handbook really usefull for planning for your interview - think you can look at it on google books.
    For the English test you just have to answer the essay question that they set - should be in information they sent you when they offered you an interview - so you just need to plan your answer beforehand for that. The maths test is quite easy, I just did loads of the revision things on BBC bitesize, do the KS2 ones and some KS3, make sure you look at ratios, shapes, proability, graphs .. can also look at the QTS maths bit for more guidance - but honestly it wasn't very difficult. oh and take a ruler, I didn't take one and it would have been usefull!
    Just prepare as best you can and relax, it was no where near as bad as I thouht it would be, was all over by early afternoon!

  8. Hey!
    Thank you so much for your advice! Starting to get nervous now!
    Will you be commuting to Worc?
    Lauren x
  9. Lol, I was soo nervous too but trust me no where near as scary as I thought! You'll be fine :).

    Yeah, I live in bromsgrove so will just drive in, did my degree there and it's well easy to get to, plus a handy side road to park down and avoid car park fees! What about you?
  10. Hi guys,just wanted to pop onto this and suggest that I have made a group on Facebook for people who will be going to Worcester in September for the Primary PGCE so search for it and join it as we will get to know each other a little bit better.

    Just type in Worcester Primary PGCE 11/12 and it should come up, ok

    I will probably end up going and I am from N.Ireland so it will be a big culture shock so it would be nice to get to know a few faces first... Spread the word for people to join the group. and good luck with your interview you will be fine honestly..

  11. Found out yesterday that I have a place, so I will see you guys there in September!! :)
  12. Guys,

    I have started a facebook page for anyone starting the pgce in september. Please feel free to join - just type worcester primary pgce 2011-2012..

    Ok and well done
  13. I got in too, I found out on thursday and my status has changed on the gttr, but still havent received anything in the post, hopefully it will be today! what sort of stuff is in it?

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