(Original post by mazza143)
I graduated last year and I am currently working in an FE college.
I have always wanted to do teaching, but I didn't pass my maths so it was something which always held me back. This year however I enrolled to do GCSE Maths and will be taking the exam in June. I was under the impression that I would have to get my Grade C in August and apply in October.
My first choice would be to do Primary teaching. However my degree is in Law and is not 50% related to the National Curriculum. Also I do not have any experience of working in a Primary School.
I have contacted the University of my choice and they said that they would accept me onto the PCET for this September 2012 [so would not have to wait for October to apply for the following year] and the offer would be confirmed once I had passed my maths but this would apply to the PCET only not Primary.
I have thought about FE lecturing and the fact that QTLS will now be accepted in Seconday Schools has made me think that the PGCE PCET is a good option.
The problem I am facing is whether to do the PGCE PCET Full time or Part time? If I did the PCET part time, I am aware that Tutition Fees will be covered by Student Finance, however it looks as though they will not provide maintenance grants to part time students. If I was to do the PCET part time I would be able to stay on at work.
If I did the PCET Full Time I would be able get all funding available and finish the PCET quicker. However it would also mean leaving my job and risk not having one after PCET is completed.
I was wondering what advice anyone would be able to offer me. I would want to teach Literacy at PCET not Law as vacancies for Law teachers are very limited.
Thanks in advance.