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    (Original post by Billton)
    10 days is the minimum and some providers will ask for 5 days in the key stage below which you wish to teach (so 5 days in key stage 2 if you're going for secondary)

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    Is the 5 days in the key stage below the same for all courses? I haven't seen any examples of this in the entry requirements. Can you give some examples, perhaps?
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    (Original post by tory88)
    Is the 5 days in the key stage below the same for all courses? I haven't seen any examples of this in the entry requirements. Can you give some examples, perhaps?
    Sometimes they ask you to do it after they give you an offer eg. spend 5 days in a primary school before beginning a secondary PGCE.
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    (Original post by tory88)
    Is the 5 days in the key stage below the same for all courses? I haven't seen any examples of this in the entry requirements. Can you give some examples, perhaps?
    I had to for secondary chemistry at the university of hull. When talking amongst fellow future PGCE students, they too had that as a condition of their offer.

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    (Original post by tory88)
    Is the 5 days in the key stage below the same for all courses? I haven't seen any examples of this in the entry requirements. Can you give some examples, perhaps?
    Yeah, as others have said it tends to be a condition of offer, is all. They won't turn you down on the basis that you haven't done any prior to interview.
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    Hi,

    I was just wondering what universities in the south/central London area people were applying for 2014/2015 primary school PGCE? As I am thinking of applying to Kingston, St Mary's, Rosehampton or Goldsmiths ( I don't think I have a strong enough application to apply for IoE) but no idea which ones to apply for!

    Also has anyone done a degree in Education Studies (I have a 2.2 from a Russell group Uni) and has this given you any advantage over studying a national curriculum subject? ( I also have after school club/observation experience)

    Suffering from a major lack of anyone to discuss this with as all my teacher friends are secondary! so any advice would be much appreciated, thanks.
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    (Original post by Sophie1988)
    Hi,

    I was just wondering what universities in the south/central London area people were applying for 2014/2015 primary school PGCE? As I am thinking of applying to Kingston, St Mary's, Rosehampton or Goldsmiths ( I don't think I have a strong enough application to apply for IoE) but no idea which ones to apply for!

    Also has anyone done a degree in Education Studies (I have a 2.2 from a Russell group Uni) and has this given you any advantage over studying a national curriculum subject? ( I also have after school club/observation experience)

    Suffering from a major lack of anyone to discuss this with as all my teacher friends are secondary! so any advice would be much appreciated, thanks.
    Sorry, not sure how useful this is because I haven't applied to any courses yet, but I'm doing an Educational Studies degree too and I think it'll be just as useful as a national curriculum subject just because of all the things we learn about how to teach. I think having knowledge of special educational needs, e-learning, and education policy could all be really helpful. But in any case you just need to highlight the really useful parts of the degree in your application and I'm sure you'll be fine.
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    Just managed to get myself a one afternoon a week placement at a primary school from september so happy!
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    (Original post by jeffercake)
    Well, after changing my mind about teaching secondary English and opting instead to do a PGCE in primary, I have spent the last week handing out letters to local primary schools begging for a volunteer placement! Today, I had to start going further afield because I had a lot of rejections ("we have too many volunteers", "we don't have space" etc).

    I'm happy to say that one school accepted me immediately! I spoke to the principal straight away and she said they were desperate for volunteers so I could start in September! That's 3 full weeks in September plus one day a week from October (when I'll be back at uni). So happy!

    I really enjoyed working in secondary, but I do feel that primary is more my thing. I'm glad I've done both so I have realised which is better for me. I think that will be good on my application - that I have tried both so I know for sure where I want to work.

    Phew! So glad that's sorted. I'm going to start on my personal statement over summer - anyone else?
    Where are you all applying and what are you doing over summer to improve your application?
    Anyone going for School Direct as well as the PGCE?

    Going to start on my personal statement soon too Although just a draft because I am going to wait until I've got more experience. In my last volunteer placement I just helped the kids with their work in maths, r.e, pse lessons and occasionally reading.

    I've just got a placement at a Welsh Primary school so need to brush up on my Welsh. But it shouldn't be too bad with children. I am really hoping to do a PGCE through the medium of Welsh, just need to gain some more confidence in speaking it as I am fluent.

    I am hoping in my new placement to be able to get more of an insight into lesson planning, the curriculum etc. Because before I was just helping the kids with their work and didn't find out much else but I really enjoyed helping them.
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    (Original post by polka_dott)
    Sometimes they ask you to do it after they give you an offer eg. spend 5 days in a primary school before beginning a secondary PGCE.

    (Original post by Billton)
    I had to for secondary chemistry at the university of hull. When talking amongst fellow future PGCE students, they too had that as a condition of their offer.

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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Yeah, as others have said it tends to be a condition of offer, is all. They won't turn you down on the basis that you haven't done any prior to interview.
    Thanks guys, that puts my mind at rest a little more.
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    (Original post by mango93)
    Hi, I'm really stuck: I have managed to find a school willing to let me do 5 days of observations in September (hallelujah!) but they have asked me to get a CRB check... I don't know much about CRB except that I can't just apply for myself, right? I emailed back asking for the form and got this:
    Here is the link to beginning the CRB procedure (now DBS). We don’t do it as it needs to be done through the official system.

    https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check/overview

    But that's where it says you can't do it yourself! Am I missing something really obvious here? Please help!
    Sorry I can't help as I've always had the schools do them for me. I hope you manage to get it sorted though!
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    (Original post by BabyGirl92)
    Going to start on my personal statement soon too Although just a draft because I am going to wait until I've got more experience. In my last volunteer placement I just helped the kids with their work in maths, r.e, pse lessons and occasionally reading.

    I've just got a placement at a Welsh Primary school so need to brush up on my Welsh. But it shouldn't be too bad with children. I am really hoping to do a PGCE through the medium of Welsh, just need to gain some more confidence in speaking it as I am fluent.

    I am hoping in my new placement to be able to get more of an insight into lesson planning, the curriculum etc. Because before I was just helping the kids with their work and didn't find out much else but I really enjoyed helping them.
    If it's any help I am still learning, an intermediate welsh speaker and observed Year 7 Second language Welsh classes and was fine in terms of how my welsh is. I also have a five year old son who is in a Ysgol Gymraeg and we both understand each other fine. If I am not successful in the next couple of years in the English medium system I am hoping by then I would be fluent enough to try Welsh medium, I am definitely doing it as a my second subject though anyway. In terms of jobs it's definitely worth doing it in Welsh medium.
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    Currently doing a short subject knowledge enhancement course, and have been focusing so much on boosting my subject knowledge I'd forgotten I need experience!

    Fat chance of getting any now, and tbh I don't want any now because the end of term just means doss classes. I will have to join the mad rush of September work exp. I need 7 more days ideally, as I currently have 7. I wanted to have them from a range of schools but I don't know if that is going to happen, so I may just end up going back to where I've done 5 of my days because they said it would be alright to.

    I will be joining the crew with starting my personal statement over the summer. Like others, uni is going to be all systems GO as soon as I get back due to dissertation and stuff, so it would be a weight off having it roughly done, leaving room for edit concerning work exp. I will crack on once I've finished this SKE.
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    Is the personal statement preparation just about getting down your experience? I mean don't we have to wait a bit until we have the application question? Or is it always the same.
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    (Original post by Marcusian)
    Is the personal statement preparation just about getting down your experience? I mean don't we have to wait a bit until we have the application question? Or is it always the same.
    Application question? I don't really know what you mean It's like UCAS - There is a standard personal statement you have to submit, basically about why you want to go into teaching, why you would be suited to it, how your experience has benefitted you, how your degree is relevant, etc etc...
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    (Original post by Marcusian)
    Is the personal statement preparation just about getting down your experience? I mean don't we have to wait a bit until we have the application question? Or is it always the same.
    There is no absolute question, it's just a personal statement. Write about why you are suited for a PGCE. You can easily get at least a draft of that done over summer to make it easier when it comes to the real thing.


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    Yeah sorry didn't explain myself very well there. You have answered my question.
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    Hi guys
    I’m not sure if this is the right forum, but here goes anyway
    I’m seriously considering appyling for PGCE secondary in science/biology next year.
    I’m Danish and I am currently finishing my Master’s degree in Biology from a Danish university. I have experience in teaching from a tropical zoo, where I have been a nature and animal guide for the past three years (student job). I have five A levels in Danish, English, biology, history and mathematics.
    I would like to live in London as my husband will have a job there next year.
    What do you think my chances are if I apply? Is it a problem that I am not a native speaker? I will be 26 years old when I apply if that is taken into account also.
    Hope I don't sound completely ridiculous, I don't yet know what the precise requirements are.
    Cheers!
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    (Original post by Siwo)
    Hi guys
    I’m not sure if this is the right forum, but here goes anyway
    I’m seriously considering appyling for PGCE secondary in science/biology next year.
    I’m Danish and I am currently finishing my Master’s degree in Biology from a Danish university. I have experience in teaching from a tropical zoo, where I have been a nature and animal guide for the past three years (student job). I have five A levels in Danish, English, biology, history and mathematics.
    I would like to live in London as my husband will have a job there next year.
    What do you think my chances are if I apply? Is it a problem that I am not a native speaker? I will be 26 years old when I apply if that is taken into account also.
    Hope I don't sound completely ridiculous, I don't yet know what the precise requirements are.
    Cheers!
    Siwo
    Age doesn't matter as there are lots if mature PGCE students :-)
    The zoo job sets your personal statement apart, but make sure you arrange some classroom experience for September. Most providers will ask for 10 days minimum.
    GCSE requirements are C in English and maths- double check to make sure this hasn't changed for 2014 entry.
    You will also have to do your QTS numeracy and literacy skills tests. Providers may ask you to complete these within a certain time frame (e.g 6 weeks after firming a conditional offer).
    Most providers ask for a 2.2 in a relevent degree.
    As for specific course entry requirements, do a course search on GTTR for the personal profile, and what they look for in applicants.
    Best of luck

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    (Original post by Billton)
    Age doesn't matter as there are lots if mature PGCE students :-)
    The zoo job sets your personal statement apart, but make sure you arrange some classroom experience for September. Most providers will ask for 10 days minimum.
    GCSE requirements are C in English and maths- double check to make sure this hasn't changed for 2014 entry.
    You will also have to do your QTS numeracy and literacy skills tests. Providers may ask you to complete these within a certain time frame (e.g 6 weeks after firming a conditional offer).
    Most providers ask for a 2.2 in a relevent degree.
    As for specific course entry requirements, do a course search on GTTR for the personal profile, and what they look for in applicants.
    Best of luck

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    Thank you very much for you answer!
    I'm not sure what the 2.2 means. The danish grading system is hard to translate to the english one. Can 2.2 be translated to an average grade (B+ or something similar)?
    Thank you again!
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    (Original post by Siwo)
    Thank you very much for you answer!
    I'm not sure what the 2.2 means. The danish grading system is hard to translate to the english one. Can 2.2 be translated to an average grade (B+ or something similar)?
    Thank you again!
    You sound like you have good experience already but would definitely need some experience in a UK school. If you try and organise it now you could have some for September. Also I'm not entirely sure, but you ma have had to done an English Language test or something?
 
 
 
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