Selection event for BA Teaching and Learning Primary Education (5-11) 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?
Selection event process
You will be assessed by both University tutors and staff from partnership schools or linked organisations. The selection event will last approximately four hours and will include:
- an introductory talk about the course and the Sheffield Institute of Education
- a written task
- a maths task
- an individual interview
- a teaching task (to last between 4 and 5 minutes)
The teaching task: Teach a small group of your peers a skill or some knowledge which would be useful for primary/early years teaching.
- 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 as skill such as: how to juggle or how to do different ballet positions. Alternatively you can teach the groups some knowledge which is useful in teaching
For example, how to use a children’s book, a place you’ve visited, an artefact you could use or a game that could be played in a literacy or numeracy session.
You will not be using Powerpoint or any other electronic display media. You should not bring a script to read from but you may bring notes on a postcard.
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
We run student led tours of our campuses and accommodation at 11am and 2pm every Wednesday.
Alternatively, if you would like to visit our campuses in your own time, please view our self-guided tour booklet.
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.
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.
Pre-entry QTS skills tests
To ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, the Teaching Agency now requires all students embarking on a course with Qualified Teacher Status to have passed the skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you enrol.
We encourage you to pass the tests before the selection event date if possible. If not, we can make you an offer that is conditional on successful completion of the tests. In this case, you'll be given a deadline by which the tests must be passed so we can confirm your offer.
What do I need to bring with me?
For the interview you should bring the following.
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.
You must bring your original certificates plus photocopies of each of these documents to the event:
- GCSE in English, minimum grade C (or approved equivalent)
- GCSE in Mathematics, minimum grade C (or approved equivalent)
- GCSE in Science, minimum grade C (or approved equivalent)
- Foundation Degree award or equivalent
You must show the original certificates at 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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
This course has a number of entry requirements from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). The University is required to ensure that you meet all requirements prior to enrolment on the course.
1) Pre entry QTS Skills tests
All applicants to Initial Teacher Training need to pass literacy and numeracy skills tests before starting a course. Please visit the Department of Education website for more information including how to register and book onto the skills tests. We also have information on our website.
We encourage you to pass the tests before the selection event date if at all possible but, if not, we can make offers that are 'conditional' on successful completion of the tests. In this case, you'll be given a deadline by which the tests must be passed so we can confirm your offer.
Book your place on one of our free Skills Test Support Sessions to help you prepare. You can find this on our website here.
2) 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 email@example.com.
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.
3) 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.