Whether you’re a career changer, thinking about starting a BEd or you’re planning on taking the PGCE route you’ll find lots of advice here. Charlie Taylor will answer new topics containing "Dear Charlie" in the subject.
kingdom89well done Elise,,,how did ur interview go and what happened during the interview process??
Hi, the interview was fine, I was really nervous but it was actually quite laid back and relaxed. We got shown into a room, gave them our health check forms then taken to another room where we were told about the course and did our maths tests. This was the part I was dreading but it was fine, I did some revision beforehand and didn't struggle with the questions. Then we had to mark a piece of writing and do some writing ourselves- again nothing too hard.
After that we were put in groups and had to work together to decide the most important qualities a teacher should have, which the tutors observed. Then we had individual interviews- this just felt like a 10 minute chat with a tutor who was really friendly.
All in all a good experience! Do you have an interview? If so, good luck!
Kat182Hey guys, got an email back, dates are 10 September - 28th June.
I was on the Kingston PGCE last year and am currently selling my books from the course. If you go to ebay and search ' Learning to Read in the Computer Age' you will find one of my listings; if you then click on it and click see other items you will be able to see all the other books I am selling, many of which were on the Kingston reading list. The prices are all cheaper than Amazon.
Kat182Just realised though, we don't get to move in to our accommodation until the 14th!
Hi Kingdom 89, sorry for not replying, I was on holiday! Hope the interview went well.
Im starting my PGCE at Kingston for secondary science in September :)
Can't seem to find anyone on here doing secondary tho ! As there is only 20 places on my course and there are still places available according to the GTTR website I'm starting to worry they'll only be a few of us !
Im very excited, kingston has a really good reputation for education and I was really impressed witht the facilities when i went for my interview.
To all those moving to the area I live near-by and its a fantastic place to live and study. If any fo you need any questions about the area answered just ask !
I'm also starting a secondary PGCE in September - in MFL. I have also checked GTTR and there are still places left on my course too...mind you, ours is the first year of £9,000 tuition fees isn't it?
You are lucky to live in such a nice place, I'm moving a long way - from northern England - and have no idea where to look for a place to live. The campus seemed quite isolated from the rest of the town when I went for my interview. Luckily I'll be taking my car! :-) Is it easy to get around on the bus around there?
Hi Zuba102, Congratulations on getting offered a place, I am also hoping to do Secondary science at kingston.... but havent got an interview yet :( , I got a stop on my app from GTTR..(interview timing.....) Wanna askk how was the interview? any advice....pls let me know.. I really want to do it at Kingston..
Sorry that I've taken so long to reply as I've been doing my finals at uni for my undergrad degree but all finished now :) !!
Normally at Kingston the interview is a group one but I was the only person who turned up on the day so got a more personal one. I had an 1 to 1 interview with the tutor they have set questions to ask already based on your personal statement and work experience but as I was the only person on the day I got asked lots of others on the spot aswell. I looked up online some of the typical questions asked for PGCE interviews before hand to prepare some answers so I wasn't too thrown on the day. They also make you do an A level paper (AQA) so maybe have a look at some of the A level content before you go. As I had recently done some work experience in a 6th form I felt quite confident about this bit anyway but she said it's not a pass or fail exercise it's just to see how your subject knowledge is on the whole. You also do a test for written english where you just write a page about your opinions on something they give you on the day. Not too difficult just looking for correct grammar, spelling, punctuation etc. Don't worry too much about the stop decision as I had that on my application aswell it's just to try and get more than 1 person on the interview.
As for Kingston itself the Kingston hill campus is about 5mins by car out of town, as we are on the campus we can apply for a car park permit which is handy. The uni also runs regular buses between the campuses and the local transport is on the whole very good. The train station in the town centre has good links to london, richmond and other local places of interest. Plus the town as pretty much everything you need in the way of shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, restaurants, a cinema etc plus nightlife for those that want it.
If anyone wants to know anything else just let me know. Best of luck with your application Tanya!
Congratulations on getting a place! Yes I believe it is; I've checked the GTTR today to find my course is now full (secondary biology), as it secondary chemistry so hopefully yours will fill up soon too :) The admissions lady said to be that as the classes are quite small everyones really supportive of each other on the course so thats nice to know.
As for the area I wrote a bit on my other post about transport etc. Having a car will defo be a bonus with having to drive to placements etc. as public transport is often quite busy during rush hour around the area. As with finding somewhere to live the accomodation in the town centre is probably alot more expensive because of the location so I would recommend something maybe 5-10 mins away from Kingston such as Surbiton, Tolworth, New Malden, Chessington type areas. Plus many of the partner schools used for placements are in these areas which is useful.
If there's anything else you would like to know just ask :)
For all those on the PGCE :)
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