I was a reserve last year but I didn't get a place that year but have secured a place my second time around.
The thing to remember is that with a secondary PGCE there are less places to begin with, where instituitions for primary may have excess of 60, some secondary courses have as little as 5/6. Obviously there will be people who don't get the grades they need and so on, but I don't envisage many people will give their place up unless they really have to and many institutions will select candidates who already have their grades to prevent drop outs.
However, being a reserve does put you in a better position for next year, techinically you were good enough for a place this year, there just wasn't one for you. I'm not saying don't keep your hopes up for a place this year and people do drop out, but for some subjects it is unlikely that people will drop their places.
If you are on the reserve list for your first choice, why can't you apply for the second and get a place there so that you at least have the security of doing your PGCE this year?
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Last edited by masamune1989; 04-06-2012 at 21:22.