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Secondary/Further Education PGCE Interview

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by knzben, Sep 19, 2017.

  1. knzben

    knzben New commenter


    I applied for a PGCE last week and was asked to come in for an interview. I've had hardly any time to prepare as I've been away and working but done my best but wondering whether anybody has any top tips for me? I've researched current issues but nervous about what the written task may be.
    Any tips on what questions will come up about the national curriculum if any?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. mattbrown0112

    mattbrown0112 New commenter


    Just wondering how your interview went? What did they ask regarding current issues and the national curriculum? What was involved in your written task? And do you mind me asking where you had the interview? Also how were the interviews at the other institutions you applied for?
  3. knzben

    knzben New commenter


    I actually decided to apply very late (September) and only applied to one place which is a college. We had a small discussion task in the group to begin with, then we had a task where we were put into pairs and told to chat for 5 minutes and then we had to talk about our sort of 'present' about our partner. There was then a one to one interview but it was quite informal. I prepped a lot about current affairs but they didn't really ask me about it.
    After the interview, I had to complete a project which included 500 words about why I wanted to apply for the role, 1000 words on analysis of a research paper and then 1000 words on an area for further analysis.

    All went well and I'm enjoying the course. Lots of work and assignments are non stop. I didn't apply for anywhere else because I felt like I really wanted to start the course in September rather than wait another year and I think that really the course is what you make of it so was happy to go to a college rather than university which some people may not want to do.

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  4. Gsr25

    Gsr25 Occasional commenter

    How did you manage to leave it so late and get in? All the places get snapped up so quick in my area.
  5. knzben

    knzben New commenter

    My PGCE specialises in Young People and Adults, aimed at teaching 14+ as I'm interested in teaching at a further education college and the course itself is at a college rather than university. I assumed most people would rather do their PGCE at university rather than college? Its slightly different to a standard PGCE and once i finish I do an extra 5 months placement/work to gain QTLS
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  6. Gsr25

    Gsr25 Occasional commenter

    Ah I see. Now you’ve explained it makes sense.

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