A number of applicants apply for more than one Primary Education course offered by the University. We do not recommend that you select more than two options. Irrespective of the number of times you indicate a Primary Education course at the University, only one interview is offered per applicant.
Some applicants indicate a mixture of Primary Education courses and BA/BSc Honours degrees either at Canterbury Christ Church or elsewhere. The Schools do not discriminate against applicants who do this.
The personal statement is a very important part of the form. You must say why you want to become a primary school teacher. You must also outline recent classroom experience, and other relevant work experience. Please do ensure that you check through your statement carefully for accuracy in spelling, punctuation and grammar. The School takes referees’ comments into account when selecting people for interview. Applicants who are not predicted to achieve our minimum entry qualifications may not be selected for interview. Offers for this programme are grade specific and cannot be supplemented with other UCAS tarif points.
The Recruitment and Selection Process
The School runs interview afternoons (usually on Wednesdays but can differ according to the programme) from mid-November until May each academic year. The number of applicants called to interview on any day is around 100.
The afternoon consists of an introductory talk by a member of the Programme team and the interview itself. There is also the opportunity for candidates to explore the University on a self-guided tour.
The interview consists of the following elements:
- Reading and Writing Task
- Maths Task: This test focuses on your subject knowledge and consists of answering 8 mathematical questions which focus on areas such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, algebra, shape and space. We recommend that candidates undertake some self-study prior to the interview using GCSE texts.
- Group presentation: Candidates will be given the presentation focus at interview.
- 1:1 Interview
The interview panel is normally made up of a member of the School and a member of staff from one of our Partnership schools. The panel has a set criteria by which all applications are judged.
Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, subject to satisfactory health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.