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Interview and selection day: Education

Interview and selection day: Education

 

PGCE Secondary

Interview Arrangements

Candidates who meet the entry requirements and are short-listed will receive an email inviting them to attend an interview. Interview dates are scheduled at regular intervals throughout the recruitment cycle.

  • The interview session at the School of Education, Kingston University may take up to 3.5 hours and will start with a presentation to attendees about the course with a question and answer session
  • All candidates will be asked to sit an interview exercise relevant to their subject specialism
  • Applicants will need to complete the Criminal Record Declaration, Fitness to Teach Declaration and Occupational Health Questionnaire and bring them to the interview
  • If successful, candidates will be given a conditional offer for a  place on the PGCE course with Kingston University

 

Entry requirements

  • A minimum 2:2 UK honours degree relevant to your subject specialism (at least 50% of the degree content needs to be relevant to your chosen specialism).
  • GCSE (A–C): English Language and Mathematics.
  • Proficiency in French, Spanish or German if applying for the modern languages specialism. We particularly welcome those who are able to offer a second potential teaching language. However, we give careful consideration to all applications and, very occasionally, accept applicants for the modern languages specialism with only one language.

It is highly recommended that candidates have some school experience/experience of working with young people as this makes a much stronger candidate.

 

Skills tests

Applicants starting initial teacher training courses from September 2013 need to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Skills tests before starting their course to ensure they can be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Candidates may book their skills tests as soon as they have made an application via UCAS Teacher Training. Applicants who have already passed their skills tests at the time of interview will be looked upon favourably.

 

School Direct

Interview Arrangements

Candidates will need to apply to the Lead School for whom Kingston University is the training provider via UCAS Teacher Training (UTT).

Candidates who meet the entry requirements and are short-listed will be contacted by the Lead School inviting them to attend an interview. Interview dates are scheduled at regular intervals throughout the recruitment cycle.

  • Applicants short-listed for an interview will be required to attend the session at the Lead School. The interview process will vary for individual schools.
  • In preparation for interview, it would be useful for candidates to do some background research on their chosen school and read the latest Ofsted report to familiarise themselves with the school’s aims and ethos.
  • Applicants will need to complete the Criminal Record Declaration, Fitness to Teach Declaration and Occupational Health Questionnaire and bring them to the interview
  • If successful, candidates will be given a conditional offer for a place on the School Direct course in partnership with the Lead School and Kingston University.

 

Entry requirements

Primary:

  • Honours degree grade 2:2 or above – can be any subject
  • GCSE English Language grade A-C
    GCSE Maths grade A-C : including GCSE Foundation tier at grade C and Free Standing Maths Qualification (FSMQ) at Intermediate and Advanced Level
    GCSE Science grade A-C
  • Please note: equivalency tests are not accepted. If candidates do not have GCSE English Language, Mathematics or Science they must obtain either GCSEs or IGCSEs in these subjects, to be obtained before the course begins in September.

Two weeks school experience recommended for Pre Course Classroom experience

Secondary:

Honours degree grade 2:2 or above appropriate to subject specialism *(at least 50% of degree must be in that subject)

GCSE English Language grade A-C
GCSE Maths grade A-C : including GCSE Foundation tier at grade C and Free Standing Maths Qualification (FSMQ) at Intermediate and Advanced Level

2 weeks minimum is recommended for Pre Course Classroom Experience.

 

Skills tests

Applicants starting initial teacher training courses from September 2013 need to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Skills tests before starting their course to ensure they can be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Candidates may book their skills tests as soon as they have made an application via UCAS Teacher Training. Applicants who have already passed their skills tests at the time of interview will be looked upon favourably.

 

BA (Hons) in Primary Teaching

Interview Arrangements

Candidates who meet the entry requirements and are short-listed will receive an email inviting them to attend an interview. Interview dates are scheduled at regular intervals throughout the recruitment cycle. Candidates will be asked to complete Criminal Record Declaration, Fitness to Teach Declaration and Occupational Health Questionnaire and bring them to the interview.

Candidates will also be asked to bring 1 passport sized photo with them for identification purposes.

Typical Interview Schedule

Agenda
Arrival & Refreshments
Welcome & Presentation from Course Tutor
Tour of site followed by a short break
English and Maths test
Candidate presentations (3 minutes per candidate)*
An individual interview slot of approximately 20 minutes will be allocated on the day

 

*Candidate presentation task:

As part of the interview, candidates will be asked to give a 3 minute presentation. This is designed to be informal.

For the presentation candidates should bring an item that they might use with a group of children to support them in their learning. For example, a cube to talk about its mathematical properties, an artefact from history, or a picture book. These are only examples; candidates are free to choose objects from any subject area.

During the presentation the candidate should explain:

  • Why the item has been chosen
  • What age of children it would be used with
  • How it might be used to support children in learning about a specific idea
  • Notes may be used if required but reading from a prepared text is not recommended

 

Entry Requirements

We invite applicants to our BA Primary Teaching (QTS) programme with the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of 240 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A-levels at grade C or above. The A-levels should have relevance to the national curriculum. Or
  • Completion of an accredited Access course with passes in three, Level 3 modules. The three modules should have relevance to the national curriculum, or
  • BTEC National Diploma qualifications at Distinction Level will also be considered

 

The candidates must also have:

  • GCSE grade C or above in five subjects which must include English language, mathematics and science
  • Completed the literacy and numeracy skills tests
  • Gained suitable experience of working within a primary school

Please note that when considering applicants for the BA QTS programme we consider not only academic qualifications but also take account of the skills and experiences that the candidate has gained both inside and outside the school setting.

 

Skills tests

Applicants starting initial teacher training courses from September 2013 need to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Skills tests before starting their course to ensure they can be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Candidates may book their skills tests as soon as they have made an application via UCAS Teacher Training. Applicants who have already passed their skills tests at the time of interview will be looked upon favourably.

 

PGCE Primary and PGCE Early Years Teaching Programmes

Interview Arrangements

Candidates who meet the entry requirements and are short-listed will receive an email inviting them to attend an interview. Interview dates are scheduled at regular intervals throughout the recruitment cycle. Candidates will be asked to complete Criminal Record Declaration, Fitness to Teach Declaration and Occupational Health Questionnaire and bring them to the interview.

Candidates will also be asked to bring 1 passport sized photo with them for identification purposes.

 

Typical Interview Schedule

Agenda
RegistrationCompleted forms and passport photographs are collected
IntroductionCandidates introduce themselves and have the opportunity to ask questions about the course
ENGLISH AND MATHEMATICS PAPERSCandidates complete a written task and a Mathematics paper
GROUP ACTIVITYCandidates work in small groups on an activity provided, followed by feedback to the whole group
INDIVIDUAL INTERVIEWSCandidates will be interviews by members of university staff and/or by representatives from our partnerships schools. Each interview will normally last between 15 and 20 minutes

 

Entry Requirements

  • Honours degree grade 2:2 or above – can be any subject
  • GCSE English Language grade A-C
    GCSE Maths grade A-C : including GCSE Foundation tier at grade C and Free Standing Maths Qualification (FSMQ) at Intermediate and Advanced Level
    GCSE Science grade A-C
  • Please note: equivalency tests are not accepted. If candidates do not have GCSE English Language, Mathematics or Science they must obtain either GCSEs or IGCSEs in these subjects, to be obtained before the course begins in September.

Two weeks school experience recommended for Pre Course Classroom experience

 

Skills tests

Applicants starting initial teacher training courses from September 2013 need to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Skills tests before starting their course to ensure they can be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Candidates may book their skills tests as soon as they have made an application via UCAS Teacher Training. Applicants who have already passed their skills tests at the time of interview will be looked upon favourably.

 

EYITT

Interview Arrangements

All short-listed candidates are invited to attend an interview day from 9am-2pm, candidates will be asked to bring a copy of all qualifications relevant to the course entry requirements (details provided pre-interview).

As part of the interview process the candidates complete a group task, maths test and English test.  Candidates are then individually interviewed by a member of staff.

 

Entry Requirements

Candidates must prove that they meet all the following entry requirements before the start of the programme. All overseas qualifications must be accompanied by Naric equivalence.

  • A good honours degree in any subject.
  • Ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in English to a standard equivalent to Level C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  • GCSE (A–C): English Language, Mathematics and Science.Please note: equivalency tests are not accepted. If candidates do not have GCSE English Language, Mathematics or Science, they must obtain either GCSEs or IGCSEs in these subjects and will need to show on their application that they will obtain these qualifications before the course begins in September.

 

Skills tests

Candidates starting initial teacher training courses from September 2013 need to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Skills tests before starting their course to ensure they can be recommended for the award of Early Years Teacher Status.

Candidates may book their skills tests as soon as they have made an application.

 

Additional requirements for employment based pathways

  • Candidates must be employed in an appropriate early years setting for at least 16 hours per week.

Candidates must be working at settings that deliver the early years foundation stage in order to be funded.

 

 

Foundation Degree

(FdA Early Years, ICCIP & SEN)

Interview Arrangements

All short-listed candidates are interviewed at the candidate’s chosen college. The selection process involves an individual interview at the candidate’s chosen college, selection exercises and workplace police check. Candidates need to complete and bring with them to the interview a Professional Statement and Professional Reference Letter.

 

Entry Requirements

Early Years

  • NVQ level 3 or equivalent
  • Applicants must be in full time employment in an Early Years setting. (Minimum of 16 hours per week) for the duration of the course.

Candidates will normally have 2 years’ experience in an Early Years setting.

SEN

  • NVQ level 3 or equivalent
  • Applicants must be in full time employment working with Special Educational Needs (0 – 19 years) for at least 16 hours per week for the duration of the course.

Candidates will normally have 2 years’ experience in a setting and must be working with children with special educational needs

ICCIP

  • NVQ level 3 or equivalent
  • Applicants must be in full time employment in an appropriate setting for at least 16 hours per week for the duration of the course.

Candidates will normally have 3 years’ experience in an appropirate setting

 

BA Top Up Early Years, ICCIP and SEN

Interview Arrangements

Internal Candidates

Candidates applying directly from one of the Kingston University Foundation Degree courses in Early Years and SEN are offered a conditional place on the BA Top Up (subject to successful completion of Foundation degree). An academic reference in support of the application is also required. Internal candidates for Early Years and SEN may not be required to attend an interview

External Candidates (candidates who have undertaken their Foundation Degree at another institution)

All short-listed external candidates are interviewed. The selection process involves an individual interview and a 30 minute written task/exercise.

BA Top Up ICCIP

All short-listed candidates for ICCIP Top Up (internal and external) are interviewed. The selection process involves an individual interview and a 30 minute written task/exercise

 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have completed the 2-year Foundation Course in Early Years 240 CATS points. Applicants must be in full-time employment (at least 16 hours a week) in an appropriate setting for the relevant route. Candidates will normally have 3 years’ experience in an appropriate setting.

 

 

MA English Language Teaching

Interview Arrangements

Once an application had been assessed the Programme Leader will contact candidates to arrange an individual telephone interview. The interview is an informal discussion, the focus will be:  a candidate’s past and current professional development, a candidate’s present role, responsibilities and aspirations.  The Programme Leader will provide further details of the programme, clarify the demands of the course and will discuss any other concerns or questions that candidates may have.


Entry Requirements

  • Honours degree grade 2:2 or above
  • International students – IELTS 6.5 *
  • All applications will be interviewed in person or by telephone

 

*Pre-sessional English language courses of 15/10 or 5 weeks duration are available prior to commencing the program