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Selection event for BA (Hons) Early Years and Primary Education (3-7) with QTS

What is a selection event?

It's a process to assess whether you're suitable for a place on the course. It's a chance to show us your knowledge about the subject and your enthusiasm for the career.

Being invited to a selection event doesn't mean you're guaranteed a place on the course - the point of the day is to help us come to a mutual decision. We need to decide whether to make you an offer and you need to decide whether you like the course and the university.

To find out what will happen on the day, see the subject-specific information below. The timings listed are approximate, so please keep your plans for travelling home flexible.

When and where is my selection event?

If you're invited to a selection event you'll receive an email telling you when it is and where to go.

It's important to be on time. You should arrive 30 minutes before the start time so you can register. If you're delayed on the way to the event call 0114 225 5555 and ask for Admissions.

What happens on a selection event?

You will be assessed by both University tutors and staff from partnership schools or linked organisations. The selection event will last up to four hours and will include:

  • an introductory talk about the course and the Sheffield Institute of Education
  • an individual interview
  • a teaching task (to last no longer than 5 minutes)

The teaching task: Teach a small group of your peers a skill.
You should:     

  • use clear instructions,
  • let your peers know what they will be learning,
  • involve your peers in the learning and
  • bring enough resources (if appropriate) for your peers (approximately 5 others)

Previous examples have included teaching the group: some words from a foreign language, how to serve a tennis ball, how to use sign language, how to juggle, how to do different ballet positions, however please use your imagination, be creative and show us your skills.

Please do not use Powerpoint or similar as we do not require a presentation.

You may bring notes but avoid reading from a script.

In this task we will be looking at your potential to be a good teacher, we will be evaluating your communication skills, your inter-personal skills, the preparation undertaken for the task and how you teach the skill to your peers.

What else can I experience on the day?

Visiting the University

You can attend a tour of our campuses or accommodation every Wednesday. Alternatively, if you would like to visit our campuses in your own time, please view our self-guided tour booklet. Find out about our tours and book your place now.

Do I need to prepare anything in advance?

The Teaching Task

You will need to prepare and practice your teaching task before your selection event, see ‘What happens on a selection event’ for further details.

Suitability Declarations

You will be sent a link to the online Suitability Declaration form with your Admissions letter, the form must be completed prior to the selection event. Your Suitability Declaration will be matched against your Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly CRB).

Please note that this declaration is not part of the interview process and will not be discussed at the interview. However, an offer will not be made until this has been received. Please also bring some form of photographic ID with you, either a passport or driving licence. You are also required to bring originals and photocopies of your GCSE Maths, English and Science or equivalent qualifications to the selection event. Failure to provide proof of these qualifications will prevent you from joining the course.

You are not required to bring a school-experience reference, however, if you have gained experience in a school, or setting, we would still be interested in receiving it.

What do I need to bring with me?

For the interview you should bring the following.

1) Identification

You must bring photographic identification (photo ID). If possible please bring a passport or photo driving license. If you do not own either of these, other forms of photographic identification will be sufficient for the selection event but should you be offered a place on the course you will be required to present further official identification documentation to complete the professional requirements referred to above. Full details of the ID evidence you will require can be found here.

2) Qualifications

You must bring your original certificates plus photocopies of each of these documents to the event:

  • GCSE English Language, minimum grade C (or approved equivalent)
  • GCSE Mathematics, minimum grade C (or approved equivalent)
  • GCSE Science, minimum grade C  (or approved equivalent)

If you do not have the original certificates for your GCSEs at the time of interview you must obtain replacements from the awarding body as you will be required to present these at the enrolment session in September. Please note that you must allow sufficient time for these to be replaced.

You must show the original certificates for all your qualifications by enrolment in September to allow you to enrol on the course

If you do not have the original certificates, you must obtain copies from the awarding body as quickly as possible prior to enrolment. Please note that you must allow sufficient time for these to be replaced. If you have not achieved the qualifications specified above, you may be able to take an equivalency test prior to the course start date – please discuss this with the admissions tutor.

3) Teaching task

Remember to bring the resources for your teaching task see the What Happens on a Selection Event tab for more details.

See 'Do I need to prepare anything in advance' for more details.

What are we looking for?

At this stage we assess your

  • ability to communicate clearly, both orally and on paper
  • knowledge of the area of education you are interested in
  • interest in, and commitment to, a career in teaching
  • ability to work effectively with children in an educational setting (for primary education courses you will need to bring the reference from the educational setting you attended)

Who is on the selection event panel?

You will be assessed by a range of staff from across the Initial Teacher Education Partnership.

What should I wear?

Dress reasonably smartly, but you don't need to wear a suit. Smart but casual clothing will allow you to feel confident and at ease.

How do I find you?

Download a campus map. Please allow plenty of time for travelling as parking is limited on all campuses. Please read signs carefully when parking as there are restrictions in place. We strongly recommend that you use public transport where possible.

Disability support

If you have a disability (this includes sensory and physical disabilities, dyslexia, mental health conditions and medical conditions) and you feel that you will need some support during the selection event process (for example, a sign language interpreter, note taker, materials provided in different format or wheelchair access), we strongly recommend that you contact the Events team on 0114 225 6737 or within three days of confirming your selection event.

The selection team will then be able to make any reasonable adjustments so that you can fully participate in the selection event without any disadvantage.

Disability advice whilst studying at the University

You may or may not have indicated that you have a disability on your application form. In either case, the Disabled Student Support Team is keen to hear from you. If you would like to meet or talk to an advisor to discuss, in confidence, possible support whilst studying, please ring +44 (0)114 225 3813 or email

Please note that any offer of a place is subject to acceptance by you of the University's terms and conditions. If you require a printed version, please contact Admissions on 0114 225 5555. You must read these terms and conditions before accepting any offer.

What happens after my selection event?

We cannot tell you our decision on the day of the selection event. After the selection event our decision will be communicated via UCAS track, so please check your account regularly.

You will receive one of the following decisions.

Conditional offer for the course that you have applied for – you must fulfil certain criteria (usually based on the qualifications you are currently taking) before you can be accepted on the course. If the requirements are met, the offer becomes unconditional.

Unconditional offer for the course that you have applied for – usually made when you have already completed your qualifications and met the academic requirements we are asking for.

Unsuccessful – unfortunately we are not able to offer you a place on the course. We do not feel that you have the necessary skills or experience to be successful on one of our courses. However, this does not prevent you from applying in the future, should you undertake further study to develop your skills and experience.

Professional requirements

This course has a number of entry requirements from the Department for Education (DfE). The University is required to ensure that you meet all requirements prior to enrolment on the course.

1) Disclosure and Barring Service Check

If you accept an offer of a place on the course you will be invited to attend the University to undertake a DBS check, at a later date, prior to enrolment.

You will not be allowed to enrol on the course unless you have undertaken a check and you will not be allowed to attend placement unless a DBS disclosure has been issued. Please ensure you keep your DBS disclosure safe throughout the duration of your course.

The University cannot guarantee that your DBS disclosure will be issued prior to commencement of your placement. This could result in the length of your course being extended or your place being deferred to the following academic year. This may also have funding implications. Therefore, you are strongly advised to attend a DBS check as early as possible.

If you are have lived overseas during the past 5 years you are required to provide a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country you lived in. If you are unable to provide this, it may be possible to contact the local Embassy in the UK to obtain one. If the country you lived in is not listed on the DBS website please contact the TED Student Services team at

If you are an overseas student, please access the DBS site for more information.

You are required to provide a Certificate of Good Conduct and references from the country you live in. You will also be required to undertake a DBS check once you have arrived in the UK and have a confirmed UK address. You will receive DBS instructions and advice once you have received an offer of a place on the course.

You are required to keep the University informed of any convictions, bindings over, formal warnings, cautions, reprimands recorded against you immediately. This information must be disclosed to your Course Administrator.

2) Declaration of Health

Should you be made an offer of a place you will be asked to complete a health questionnaire at a later date. Sheffield Hallam wishes to make sure that all students have an equal and fair opportunity to achieve their potential and succeed in their studies. In order to do this we recognise that we may need to make adjustments or provide support to students.

You are required to keep the University informed of any condition affecting your ability to undertake the course and practice in the profession during completion of the award. Occupational Health screening can be arranged if issues of concern arise during your period of study with us.


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