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    Anybody go to or plan to go to BGUC?
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    (Original post by moomin-matt)
    Anybody go to or plan to go to BGUC?
    I do, primary ed in Sept what about you
    Kate x
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    yes me. Im going to be doing early childhood studies.
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    I am going in September x
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    same. Secondary English and Drama PGCE.

    There's a facebook group for PGCE and GTP'uns if you guys are interested
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    I'm in my final year of drama and ed x
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    I'm starting English Lit in September! Very excited.
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    so so excited :-) want to sort accommodation where bouts is everyone planning on staying? :-) x
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    I have NO idea about accommodation! Thinking maybe Connie's, but the others sound good too. What're the rooms like, I never got to see them on the open day?
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    (Original post by Demitrarose)
    I have NO idea about accommodation! Thinking maybe Connie's, but the others sound good too. What're the rooms like, I never got to see them on the open day?
    I didnt either, iive decided not to go in halls going in student halls down the hill near shops etc brayford quay I have got a room in on the waterfront. Halls I have heard they all similar all have shared bathrooms and a kitchen.
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    Connies is the bigger of the halls (over 100 rooms), and has shared toilets, bathrooms and kitchens on each floor.

    Nelson and Wickham are smaller (about 45 rooms), and have shared bathrooms, with kitchens on the bottom floor.

    I've lived in Nelson this year, and enjoyed most of it. Nelson and Wickham have a common room in the building which is great during freshers as you tend to spend loads of time in there getting to know each other. I'd say the rooms are slightly bigger than in Connies, the windows are a lot bigger which give them more natural light. You really get to know each other in smaller halls as there are so few of you, whereas in Connies there are way more people, and you won't know everyone living there!

    However, living in Connies has its advantages....when the weather is rubbish you don't have to leave the building to go and get food! The bathrooms are slightly bigger too.

    Any questions, feel free to ask!
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    This university really needs a name change.
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    (Original post by little_k)
    Connies is the bigger of the halls (over 100 rooms), and has shared toilets, bathrooms and kitchens on each floor.

    Nelson and Wickham are smaller (about 45 rooms), and have shared bathrooms, with kitchens on the bottom floor.

    I've lived in Nelson this year, and enjoyed most of it. Nelson and Wickham have a common room in the building which is great during freshers as you tend to spend loads of time in there getting to know each other. I'd say the rooms are slightly bigger than in Connies, the windows are a lot bigger which give them more natural light. You really get to know each other in smaller halls as there are so few of you, whereas in Connies there are way more people, and you won't know everyone living there!

    However, living in Connies has its advantages....when the weather is rubbish you don't have to leave the building to go and get food! The bathrooms are slightly bigger too.

    Any questions, feel free to ask!
    Thankyou, this was REALLY helpful What course do you do?
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    Primary ed! Loving it to bits!
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    (Original post by little_k)
    Primary ed! Loving it to bits!
    What are the highs and lows of primary ed...start in sept so excited :-)
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    (Original post by katherineturner229)
    What are the highs and lows of primary ed...start in sept so excited :-)
    Highs
    Practical experience from the start - we did a storytelling project at the start of the year and working individually with one or two children to create a story for them, then had a storytelling day with a group of children.

    You really get to know people on your course - you work in 3 groups generally - 1,2 or 3 group, a,b,c,d group or whole cohort. It means you mix with a variety of people and it's nice to get to know them (even if you don't know every single one!)

    Placements are great fun. They start you off in a group (we had 4 in one class) and you each teach part of a lesson. Then you move into paired placement in the same school and teach a whole lesson every day for a week (so literacy one week, numeracy the next, and any other subjects). We're now all on solo placement in different schools and really loving it. The way placements are structured really helped to build your confidence up!

    Tutors really get to know you - even though the group is quite large, the tutors get to know you and your personalities. They're really supportive of you too and are always around for help and support.

    Not really part of the course, BUT the library is fantastic for the course. It has pretty much every children's book you could ever need (fiction and non-fiction), and resources you can take out too. There is a bit called 'classroom collection' and it has loads of ideas for lessons and photocopy sheets. Life saver when you have no inspiration!

    SSS groups (student support seminars) - At first I really hated the idea of these. Basically, you meet up with second and third year students, mainly to discuss assignments and placement. They've really been helpful though. If you're struggling on an assignment they'll happily meet up with you to show you how they did it, and give you advice and support. They'll answer questions on pretty much anything, and share their views on things. Really helpful to have them around!

    Lows
    You're in for most of the week for long days, particularly in the first semester. It can be hard, but the lecturers try and make most of the sessions fun!

    Placement days are also VERY long, and the first two (group and paired) are in winter, so you don't get to see much daylight. You can be placed quite far away too!

    Sometimes it is hard to get the balance between work for primary ed and a social life. You're in uni for loads of the time during the week, and also have assignments/reading to complete. However, I've just about managed to get the balance and it's important to remember you only need 40% in each module to pass the year, and it doesn't count towards your overall grade in the first year! Make the most of your first year!

    Hope this has helped a bit, feel free to ask any more questions if you need to!
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    (Original post by little_k)
    Highs
    Practical experience from the start - we did a storytelling project at the start of the year and working individually with one or two children to create a story for them, then had a storytelling day with a group of children.

    You really get to know people on your course - you work in 3 groups generally - 1,2 or 3 group, a,b,c,d group or whole cohort. It means you mix with a variety of people and it's nice to get to know them (even if you don't know every single one!)

    Placements are great fun. They start you off in a group (we had 4 in one class) and you each teach part of a lesson. Then you move into paired placement in the same school and teach a whole lesson every day for a week (so literacy one week, numeracy the next, and any other subjects). We're now all on solo placement in different schools and really loving it. The way placements are structured really helped to build your confidence up!

    Tutors really get to know you - even though the group is quite large, the tutors get to know you and your personalities. They're really supportive of you too and are always around for help and support.

    Not really part of the course, BUT the library is fantastic for the course. It has pretty much every children's book you could ever need (fiction and non-fiction), and resources you can take out too. There is a bit called 'classroom collection' and it has loads of ideas for lessons and photocopy sheets. Life saver when you have no inspiration!

    SSS groups (student support seminars) - At first I really hated the idea of these. Basically, you meet up with second and third year students, mainly to discuss assignments and placement. They've really been helpful though. If you're struggling on an assignment they'll happily meet up with you to show you how they did it, and give you advice and support. They'll answer questions on pretty much anything, and share their views on things. Really helpful to have them around!

    Lows
    You're in for most of the week for long days, particularly in the first semester. It can be hard, but the lecturers try and make most of the sessions fun!

    Placement days are also VERY long, and the first two (group and paired) are in winter, so you don't get to see much daylight. You can be placed quite far away too!

    Sometimes it is hard to get the balance between work for primary ed and a social life. You're in uni for loads of the time during the week, and also have assignments/reading to complete. However, I've just about managed to get the balance and it's important to remember you only need 40% in each module to pass the year, and it doesn't count towards your overall grade in the first year! Make the most of your first year!

    Hope this has helped a bit, feel free to ask any more questions if you need to!
    Thanks for that :-) how often are the sss meetings are they set up asnd pretty regular or do u have to go alone and make appointments? suppose although scary in some ways meeting the more exp year groups its nice to know they survived lol :-)
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    (Original post by katherineturner229)
    Thanks for that :-) how often are the sss meetings are they set up asnd pretty regular or do u have to go alone and make appointments? suppose although scary in some ways meeting the more exp year groups its nice to know they survived lol :-)
    It totally depends on the group and the leaders. Some groups meet up once a month, others not so often. My group tend to meet if there is a need to go through assignments, other help we use the forum on blackboard or email! It is lovely to know that they survived, they give you the best tips for surviving the year too!

    Hope you're looking forward to it!
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    (Original post by little_k)
    It totally depends on the group and the leaders. Some groups meet up once a month, others not so often. My group tend to meet if there is a need to go through assignments, other help we use the forum on blackboard or email! It is lovely to know that they survived, they give you the best tips for surviving the year too!

    Hope you're looking forward to it!
    Most def, counting down the weeks... bit worried about learning all the subject knowledge for in schools though :-/ will u be going in to yr 2 then in sept?
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    (Original post by katherineturner229)
    Most def, counting down the weeks... bit worried about learning all the subject knowledge for in schools though :-/ will u be going in to yr 2 then in sept?
    They do some subject knowledge in the first semester, but the rest is up to you! I am going in to the second year when I get back...very excited!

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