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Is it too late for Maths PGCE with Knowledge Enhancement?

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    Hey,

    I'm thinking of applying for a maths secondary PGCE, but my course doesn't really contain any maths so my plan is to try and get onto the enhancement (SKE) courses. They say they are competitive so apply early...

    Does anyone know what classifies as early for September 2012 entry?? Have I left it tooo late do you think?

    Any ideas much appreciated!
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    It will depend which university you are looking to apply to. I know for the one at chester university the SKE course runs for 6 months from January to June. So you would have to get in contact with the provider and see how much experience you already have and how much you need.
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    You may as well try, what do you have to lose?
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    (Original post by akasoomi)
    Hey,

    I'm thinking of applying for a maths secondary PGCE, but my course doesn't really contain any maths so my plan is to try and get onto the enhancement (SKE) courses. They say they are competitive so apply early...

    Does anyone know what classifies as early for September 2012 entry?? Have I left it tooo late do you think?

    Any ideas much appreciated!

    What classifies as 'early for September 2012' is September/October 2011. That's when most people apply as interviews start usually in Oct/Nov.


    You would probably need the 6 month SKE if your degree isnt in maths, so yes it is likely that you are too late. I would contact the course provider(s) you are thinking of for further advice before wasting time/money applying. You also need to have a significant amount of experience/classroom observation.
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    (Original post by akasoomi)
    Hey,

    I'm thinking of applying for a maths secondary PGCE, but my course doesn't really contain any maths so my plan is to try and get onto the enhancement (SKE) courses. They say they are competitive so apply early...

    Does anyone know what classifies as early for September 2012 entry?? Have I left it tooo late do you think?

    Any ideas much appreciated!
    Hey, I literally just applied to mine a few days ago and got on. There's still places I think. Where you go depends on what knowledge you already have. I'm sure there's still places on most SKE courses, but if you don't have an A level in maths (only a GCSE) or want a bit of extra maths help apply to the University of Hull. They do a year long SKE for those with a GCSE in maths (september 2012 start) and a 6 month course for those with an A level in maths (January 2013 start). You get a £200 a week bursary from the government and there are no fees.

    As for the new PGCE bursaries, the guy running the course said it's safe to assume the government won't get rid of them before 2013 as there's still a massive shortage of maths teachers and they need to attract people, but the figures depending on degree class (aka £20,000 for a first) may change slightly, there's just no knowing.

    But it's definitely worth calling some unis and asking!
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    (Original post by caf28)
    Hey, I literally just applied to mine a few days ago and got on. There's still places I think. Where you go depends on what knowledge you already have. I'm sure there's still places on most SKE courses, but if you don't have an A level in maths (only a GCSE) or want a bit of extra maths help apply to the University of Hull. They do a year long SKE for those with a GCSE in maths (september 2012 start) and a 6 month course for those with an A level in maths (January 2013 start). You get a £200 a week bursary from the government and there are no fees.

    As for the new PGCE bursaries, the guy running the course said it's safe to assume the government won't get rid of them before 2013 as there's still a massive shortage of maths teachers and they need to attract people, but the figures depending on degree class (aka £20,000 for a first) may change slightly, there's just no knowing.

    But it's definitely worth calling some unis and asking!
    Hey! Did you do a level maths ?
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    It's got to be worth phoning/emailing universities and having a go if it's something your seriously considering. Maths is a 'shortage subject,' so I presume there will still be places available. Good luck!
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    I did mine at Hallam and applied for the PGCE in March, and I don't think I even applied for the SKE until July time. I can't remember really... all I remember is that I didn't get an interview at Hallam until 2 weeks before the start of the course, and there were people going for their full PGCE interview then. So seriously, there doesn't seem to be a "too late" option!
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    Thanks guys, I think I'm definitely be going for it now! If I don't succeed, I could always apply next year.

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