Applying for Primary Teaching at University? | My Experience & Advice


Hey guys! I’m back again today with a brand new topic. I can ask my people all the time about the course I study at university. And quite a lot of people often ask me. My advice on how to apply for primary teaching. Because primary teaching is one of those courses that is a really high demand. There’s usually lots and lots of applicants and it’s quite an intense application process.
So I thought I would take some time during this topic. Today to let you guys know a little bit about my course, about why do, and a little bit more in depth about how I applied and how I was lucky enough to be offered a place. Hopefully This will be really helpful for those of you who are thinking of going to university and possibly even thinking of applying for primary teaching. Now just a quick disclaimer. Everything that I’m going to be talking about is based on my own experiences. That may not be the case in every University and Scotland or even in the UK and I’m sure that people at different universities have very different experiences.

So this is just based on what I’ve experienced. So just before we get started. I just thought I’d give you a little breakdown of what it is that I’m actually studying. If you don’t already know, I go to University in Scotland. The official name of the course I’m studying has been a primary education. I was going to say that I’m currently in third year. But I’ve actually just completed my third year. And that means that in September I will be going into my fourth year as a four year long course and then there’s also a probation year that you need to complete before you are fully qualified as a teacher. I’ll just start off at the very beginning, which was when I was in school and this will hopefully give you a lot of advice about how to apply for primary teaching. And the sorts of subjects that you need the first thing that I’m going to address is the kind of person that you need to be to be a teacher. Because you’d be surprised at the number of people that have dropped out of my course over the years. I think the number of people on my course must have at least haft. Luckily I’m still lifting. I just urge it that maybe teaching isn’t cut for everyone. And I don’t hate on the people that decide that. I think that’s totally. If you don’t feel that it’s for you. Then you know go and pursue something else there’s no point in wasting your time, doing something that you don’t enjoy doing. One of those important things that. I would probably say, is that you need to be so patient. Obviously you’re going to be working with kits. And that requires a lot of patience, particularly when you’re trying to communicate with them. When you’re trying to teach them things. You know they’re not always going to get it straight. A way to be patient and terms behavior. You know, some days you’re going to be pulling your hair because that class just fine collaborating with you and the way that you want them. I cannot express enough and this is like a really silly one. But you need to enjoy working with children. Imagine working in a school every weekday. Surrounded by children and just not enjoying that environment. Or just I think people that apply for my course that don’t like working with children are just crazy. Because you don’t always get to pick and choose what classes you’re going to be in from the nursery all the way up to primary seven. So that’s obviously quite a broad spectrum of age groups. Particularly on my course we had to do a nursery placement. That’s something which you do have to consider. Another one which is obviously very important as being a fairly confident speaker. I’m not saying that you have to be a really confident, loud person like I am. You just need to feel comfortable speaking in for another group of people. And because obviously you’re going to be surrounded by a group of thirty little people all day and you can have to teach them. So these ones like kind of extra ones. But I think you do have to be a very passionate person. I think it takes a lot of passion to want to work with children. And that definitely is something that I’ve been looking for in your interviews they want to see, that this is your dream job. This is something that you want to do every day at the end of the day is going to be your job to inspire the kids that you’re going to be teaching without obviously. Also involves a certain element of creativity. The more that you enjoy teaching, the more that the children, will enjoy your teaching.
So on to the subjects that I needed no I honestly feel life of me can’t remember. What my entry requirements for my course. I wonder if I’ll look up on the Cardon’s entry requirements for my course are three A’s and Abby you must have higher English that’s like an a no-brainer. And when I applied it was standard grade maths that you needed, but I know that’s obviously a Scotland to change to national five maths. So you don’t need quite as high a qualification in maths. Which was really good for me.
Because I hated math in school. I don’t know if I really understand what the equivalent of that is and like a level and things like that. So you’ll probably tell it that out for yourself. And I know that every course, obviously has different entry requirements. So it won’t be the same everywhere, but that was just the case for me. Even though math and English are required. I do recommend that you try and get a broad range of subjects when you’re in school. Because when you do become a primary teacher you’re expected to teach every area of the curriculum from French and Spanish to PE music and the sciences. So it is, really Good to have experienced a broad range of different subjects at school. I know the I that are and in French there’s a big push at the moment in schools to teach languages. As likely that you will have to do some form of language when you’re at university. Another huge aspect of applying to become a primary teacher as you’re volunteering and your work experience and your personal statement is definitely something that they’re Looking for and it’s also something which will play an important part in your interviews.
So I worked in the after – school Club. I volunteered at Bernie’s, I volunteered as a coach at my local volleyball team for the younger group, I have also done work experience in a school. Which a lot of secondary schools offer a me experience that you have working with children is really important, which brings you to the next aspect which as interviews. They are going to want to talk to you about your experiences. And kind of gauge the sort of person that you are. For the first aspect of my application process I had to do a presentation. And that was in front of other prospective students and a couple of the lectures. And I think we had to present about a hobby or a book that we liked something Like that. Is really just to see how confident you are presenting in front of a group of people. So that I wasn’t too worried about that. I’m a fairly confident speaker obviously. I’m sitting in front of a camera right now. So I’m pretty used to talking it loads. But then The kind of more intimidating part was the interview in front of two of the lecturers. So it was a little bit more intimate. And they asked me all kinds of questions about the qualities that I thought I had that would make me a good primary teacher. About a primary teacher That inspired me. And when I was in school. All about my experiences working with children so far. And why I was passionate. And that was a lot more intimidating. But I know a lot of secondary schools offer you the option to do practice interviews. And worth like the day Puetz in your school. And that’s definitely really beneficial and my mom was really supportive and helping me practice all my questions.
So I felt pretty prepared going into my interview. And I feel like it went really well. I’m really good at making up stuff on the spot as you can probably see. And then that was followed by a Retton response to a question. It felt a little bit like an exam. And all of the prospective students that were doing interviews that they were in the one room. I was kind of a big lecture theatre. and we were given a piece of lame paper. and we had to rate
a response to a question, which I have been racking my brains to try and remember what my question was. but I honestly can’t think. it’s usually about an issue which is really current in education. and they just ask you to write a response. it’s usually something pretty open and you can give your opinions on.
So it’s not really something that’s too Much to worry about like you don’t need to study up too much for it. It’s good if you A lot better policy and education. But don’t worry that’s why you’re going to university to learn about these kind of things. It also allows them to see your use of vocabulary, grammar and punctuation, which obviously is something which is going to be important when you become a teacher. I know a lot of people get really fazed by the idea of doing This taste. Luckily I’ve always been quite keen on English. It was one of my strongest Subjects in school. So it doesn’t really worry too much about that part. So my overall opinion of my course obviously. I am nearing the end of my course. I feel like I’m in a position where I can tell you my thoughts about it so far. Is that it has been very intense. As a full time course I wasn’t and necessarily every day. But the days that you do have Off is usually one. Maybe two days off a week. They do expect you to do some form of studying or work experience in that time. So as a full-on course. The general workloads from lectures and things is manageable, there’s a lot of extended readings and things that they ask you to do. And again, that’s really up to you how much what you want to engage with the materials that they gave you. There is a big aspect of independence when you go Thai university and that’s the same with any course. First year was defined every focused on your skills, your academic writing skills and Chris included F can’t talk today, including referencing which I think is pretty universal at every course. It’s definitely hard work, especially when it comes to time on placement. There as a block placement every year. Which gets increasingly longer. So just last year I had a four week placement in a nursery before Christmas. And then after Christmas I had a six week placement. Which was with a primary one class which I really enjoyed. I’m hoping to do some more topics at that more in depth about placement and my tips and tricks for surviving on placements.
So I’ll hopefully be writing some more university themed topics soon. If you have any Questions or anything that you want me to talk about in particular. Feel free to leave them down below. But I’m just trying to can I gave you an overview of my course. I was going to say a little discussion. But I feel like I’ve been talking for HS-9 I don’t know how long his feet. It takes a lot of passion and drive to get through this course. Each year you have various different modules. It’s almost about like school subjects. There are some core modules which obviously relate to your teaching that you have to take. But then There are also some electives that you can choose between. So some examples of some of the different modules that I’ve had over my time at university. Include digital technologies. Which is like all about using the computers and interactive whiteboards and iPad in the classroom. Which was really interesting. The French obviously had to see earlier about needing to do a language. I really enjoyed doing French. And I actually went and taught in a French school. I did a module on integrated arts. Which is like dance, arts, Music, drama I really enjoyed that. That was good fun, professional maths and English. So obviously there is a very important focus on math and English. We said to have lots of different lectures on maths and English to kind of revisit areas that we hadn’t looked at in a long time that would have to teach when we went into the schools.
Chavez Leicester terms are really interesting one that I really enjoyed. It was all about different books that the church and read. I used to love readings. So I find that really interesting and we got to read lots of different books as a part of that which I enjoyed. As a professional working so obviously as a teacher, you have to work with lots of different professionals. Sometimes that can involve social services and many different types of therapists. Things like speech and language therapists. There’s language support teachers who help pupils that have English as an additional language, classroom assistants there’s so many different professionals that you have to work with as part of this job. And then there’s usually a school experience module which helps set you up for placement. And you can have lots of discussions and those modules about certain topics. And terrifyingly at The moment I’m just starting all my modules related to my dissertation. Because I will be writing my dissertation. And it will be hands on and I’ll be nearly graduate saying hopefully that’s time next year. So different days I have different classes, it’s a little A bit like being in school. Sometimes these are lectures which means that all of the students are in the one room. There’s a lecturer that usually talks at you. Sometimes ask questions. They’ll be maybe like a presentations late. But there are also tutorials. I think some people call them seminars. I don’t think I’ve ever called them that. And that’s like smaller Classes it would be the whole year group. And you get to do more fun things I know that play reaching students are famous for doing crafts activities during their tutorials. But as really just to inspire your teaching practice. I know that we’ve done science experiments, played instruments and music, we’ve done art projects. You have to do a lot of kind of Group work and presentations and things. Is really just to help build on your abilities as a teacher. And inspire some ideas of things that you could do in the classroom. In terms of exams, in my course specifically, I haven’t really had to do that many exams. I think I’ve had one or two over the three full years that I’ve been there. A lot of my end of module Assessments take place in the form of an assignment or sometimes presentation. And at the end of your block placement your checker comes in to see you teach a lesson. And they will Greet you and pass you. And that is always terrifying. But again like I said earlier, I’ll talk a little bit more in depth about my experience as a placement and my tip replacement and another topic. I think that’s everything I was going to talk about. I’m thinking about Doing a university Q&A; so if there’s any questions I’ve not answered then feel free to ask them down below. I love having chats about that sort of Thing.
If you are thinking of applying to primary teaching, then good luck to you. Even though it is a lot of hard work and determination is a really rewarding job. I’m really looking forward to graduating And having my own little class one day. Hopefully I’ve covered all the bases and for those of you who aren’t wanting to apply for premiere teaching I hope that you still find this a little bit interesting. And it will give you a bit of an insight into what. I do hope you The guys enjoyed this topic and I’ll see you in the next one bye.