We encourage all applicants to get some school experience as early on as possible, why?
- It allows you to observe, gain knowledge of and ask questions about current educational practices
- It gives you the opportunity to see a modern, working learning environment; something you may not have been involved in since leaving school
- It provides you with a very real teaching experience- showing you all the highs and lows that teaching brings
- Provides you with a chance to familiarise yourself with the standards expected at different key stages and for different abilities
- Getting experience early gives you more time to visit different types of schools (selective/non-selective, faith/non-faith, single/mixed gender, middle school etc.) and get a better understanding of how different schools work
- The background knowledge you’ll gain by being immersed in a school environment will me a big help when it comes to applying; you will be able to draw on your school experience in your UCAS and scholarship application as well as at any interviews.
Whilst undertaking school experience you should investigate
- Key Stage 3 provision (years 7-9) and see how it matches to the mandatory National Curriculum
- Key Stage 4 provision (years 10 and 11) and gain an understanding of the GCSE programmes schools may provide e.g. OCR GCSE Computer Science or AQA GCSE Computer Science and IT
- Key Stage 5 (where available) to appreciate the higher levels that you may be expected to deliver e.g. AQA A-Level Computer Science and IT or through vocational qualifications
Ready to get started?
You can get some school experience in a variety of ways: