Audition Days at Edge Hill

Hey all, I hope you’re doing well!

I made a post recently about the Open Days at Edge Hill, and I thought I would shed some light on the audition days that the Performing Arts department hold for prospective students!

The department do this so they can get an idea of the performers they are expecting to bring onto the course. And I know, the word audition usually brings nerves to the surface, but it’s a very casual and lovely experience! My audition for the BA (Hons) Performing Arts was more like I was taking a workshop on physical and multimedia theatre- we did some movement work for the first bit of the audition, then we did some work with projection and using different materials to project onto. I met performers from all over, got to know two of the staff members at the Uni and most of all, had fun! At the very end, there was a short writing task where I was asked two questions about performance, but they aren’t looking for right or wrong answers with this part of the audition; they’re simply looking at how you personally write to get an idea of how you’ll find the written work on the courses!

Again, the auditions are so laid back, and all the movement and projection work we did was about us showing how we work in a group and how we bring our creativity to the table. It was super fun! For my course, we didn’t have to prepare anything, but for course like Musical Theatre you might have to prepare a song, but they don’t ask you to prepare anything extreme!

Another great thing about these audition, as I’m sure some of you interested in Performance Arts will have come across the opposite of, is that you don’t have to pay for the audition. Conservatories and some other establishments charge for auditions, but at Edge Hill the team believe that if you want to audition, you should be able to free of an extra cost! When I was looking for places to go, I looked at Conservatoires, but I could only afford to audition to one, so being able to audition at Edge Hill for free took so much weight off my shoulders and has really meant in the long run that I’ve been able to go to the place most suited to me and gain skills that’ll help me and my career massively despite not having the money for auditions.

Once you’ve applied for an audition, you are informed of the time and date and if you do need to prepare anything, and upon arriving there are people there to make sure you know where you’re going. The whole process is handled perfectly so that you can focus on doing the best you can!

If you’ve got an audition coming up soon, the best advice I can give you is to be yourself. Use your creativity and your personality and don’t be scared to follow through on ideas you get in the audition. It just shows the staff how creative you are as a performer! Also, try not to be too nervous. The teachers are lovely and they try not to make it seem like an audition. I know it’s easier said than done, but it’ll be something you remember from your time with Edge Hill, like it is for me!

Scholarships

Whilst applying to university and during your time of study there are a range of scholarships available to students. Some scholarships you will be automatically entered into depending on things such as your academic results and others you can apply for.

You can use the eligibility calculator to answer a few short questions to find out which scholarship may be suitable for you

Scholarships Calculator

 

For prospective undergraduate students there are many scholarships available, the first being an excellence scholarship. An excellence scholarship can offer up to £2000 and is available to students who show excellence in disciplines beyond the curriculum in areas such as the creative arts, IT, performing arts and volunteering and citizenship work although there can be other examples. Anyone can apply for this scholarship as long as you are applying to Edge Hill and are holding a firm offer.

The next scholarship available to students is the sports scholarship and this offers up to £1000 and other benefits depending on the level for which you may qualify. The sports scholarship has three tiers and consists of bronze, silver and gold. The bronze scholarship requires you to make a significant contribution to sport at Edge Hill and contribute to community sport in coaching, officiating, administration or sports development. If you are awarded a bronze scholarship you currently receive free annual Edge Hill Sport and Team Edge Hill membership as well as free access to the gym and a free sports scholarship hoodie. To be eligible for the silver level of scholarship you must have represented either regional or county at junior or senior level in the last 12 months, be a current professional club first team or academy player, have a sports administration at national or regional level or be coaching or officiating at a regional level. If you receive this level of scholarship you will receive the same benefits as bronze but additionally you will receive up to £500 towards training and expenses, free personal training and access to strength and conditioning sessions as well as nutritional advice. Finally the gold level of scholarship requires applicants to have international or national representation at junior or senior level within the last 12 months, be ranked in the top 10 nationally, be an athlete on a recognised National Governing Body or be coaching or officiating at a national level. As a result of this people who receive the scholarship at this level will receive all of the aforementioned benefits but the financial part of the award increases to up to £1000, and they will also have access to a sports science support package which is tailored to their personal needs. Who gets the awards and at what level is decided by a panel.

Finally there are the academic scholarships. The university offers the high achievers scholarship and the Liverpool scholarship both of which offer benefits based on academic excellence. The high achievers scholarship is available to students who achieve 144 or more UCAS points from A-Level or equivalent BTEC qualifications, and who meet the other criteria which can be found on the website. The scholarship offers £1000 paid in two instalments and you will automatically be entered for this scholarship based on your results. The Liverpool scholarship differs slightly in that it is for a person who is domiciled in the city of Liverpool and who receives the highest UCAS tariff score in one sitting (there are some additional criteria). The scholarship offers up to £3000 and can be received by one student or shared if multiple students receive the same UCAS tariff score. Again this is a scholarship that does not have to be applied for and successful students will be contacted via letter during their first semester.

An understanding of scholarships can allow you decide which ones are most appropriate and your eligibility to apply. It can also give you an extra push of motivation knowing that if you excel at A-Level or are particularly talented in your hobby or an activity you may get that extra commendation for it when you arrive at university. More information about the scholarships at Edge Hill can be found here:

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Offers and Interviews!

So congratulations if you’ve been invited to an applicant day, as this means you’ve been offered a (conditional or unconditional) place! This is great news! If your offer is unconditional then you know that you’ll be joining us in September to start! However if you receive a conditional offer- do not fret! As long as you continue to work hard you will also be joining us in September as you will undoubtedly meet the necessary criteria!

Some courses may also request other non-academic requests, such as placements/work experience! Back in 2014, I attended an interview for my course (Secondary Maths Teaching with QTS)! Before the interview I was asked to prepare a part of a lesson on expanding brackets that I would be demonstrating to the panel. I also was told I would be subjected to a written comprehension based on an educational topic, as well as questions from the interview panel. The interview panel at the time consisted of two people, the head of a local high school and the maths course leader at Edge Hill.
Thankfully I received a conditional offer which was based on my grades at college, passing the skills tests (required for QTS) and also having completed work experience in a high school and primary school!

My advice to you as prospective students, many of you with interviews to attend is to be confident, research your subject topic (you might be asked about current affairs!) and enjoy the experience! The tutors will be happy to help you and answer any questions you have. At Edge Hill you are an asset to the university so ensure that you show off your talent and skills so you can really develop academically over the forthcoming years!

Good luck!

Interview Mayhem

There are so many deceiving misconceptions with regards to interviews. The general assumption and expectation is that you’ll arrive, check the clock every few seconds – counting down the moments until it’s your turn, breathe in, breathe out and then most likely have a panic attack, go home feeling doubtful and then possibly cry a little over your likely failure at such a large opportunity.

Wait… what? That’s not how it goes?

Of course not!

Firstly, understand that if the university wasn’t interested in you in the first place, you wouldn’t have even been called to interview! duh. You’re already a star in the sky, this is your opportunity to prove just how worthy you are, and just how great of a decision they’re going to make when they decide to take you on (which they obviously will because you’re clearly amazing). Numbers drop substantially when you consider all of those that firstly apply, get accepted for interviews, and then actually get a place. So if you’ve received invitation to an interview, stop reading for a moment and give yourself a pat on the back.

Next, seize this opportunity. Make sure you’re dressed appropriately and are organised. When considering the ‘grading criteria’ during an interview, both of these play a vital part and are nearly just as important as what you’re about to ramble on about to your interviewer.

The person interviewing you isn’t going to be half as critical as you think. They’re here to support and make sure they see the best within you. They understand and know you’re going to be nervous! It’s likely that more than half the applicants attending an interview day probably haven’t even endured an interview before in their lives – they know this! They’ll never base their assumption of you on your nerves. It’s normal, often uncontrollable and hey, quite frankly a natural occurrence considering the situation you’ve been put in. I promise they wont base their assumption of you on this.

It’s likely, like I did – you’ll receive an interview day guidance booklet (super helpful, make sure you give it a good read!). It will inform you of such things like the day’s general outlines, what to bring with you, when you’ll get your answer, what to do on arrival, how the interview will run and just generally really useful information.

For me, the BA(Hons) Primary Education course with QTS consisted of knowledge tests (Maths, English & Science), and me having to bring in a child’s book, discussing it generally e.g positives/negatives, why I chose it, how I could incorporate it into my lessons and the children’s learning. Then followed by a few scenario based questions which they weren’t expecting perfect answers for. Like any human, I struggled with a lot of these! My interviewer was super helpful, he either knew where I was coming from and would use further questioning techniques to help me speak my ideas out a little better. Sometimes he’d even answer with me! Sharing his ideas to promote mine. This helped trigger in-depth discussions which I felt really helped him see where I was coming from of which perhaps the questions alone wouldn’t have allowed me to speak about. My interviewer felt like more of a newly found friend than someone testing me. And with there being multiple other applicants having their interviews spread around the room, there was no deadly silence, just a pleasant smile to greet me which never seemed to leave his face.

Long story short, if you’ve got an interview coming up, I’m almost certain you’ll do great! I wish you all the best of luck.