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    (Original post by FilmExpert)
    clearing, some people get offers from 2-3 of their choices and then drop them at the last minute. Also I've seen courses go onto clearing (not get filled 100%) in some of the lower ranking unis.
    I get understand that at undergrad level, but not at PGCE. It makes even less sense that clearing existed last year (when applications only went to one uni at a time) than this year. Still I know people can drop them last minute and pick one uni out of three, etc, but when some courses have like 500+ applicants for 20 spaces it's just hard to see how they couldn't be filled.
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    (Original post by alabelle)
    I've emailed my second referee again, got no self control! Asked her when she's planning to complete it, and explained that I want to send my application off as soon as possible. Hope I don't come across as pushy but I really don't want to delay things!
    i feel so pushy too! finally one of my references got filled in today, still waiting on my second ref who has known about doing this for MONTHS and accidentally pressed decline the first time so we had to go through a whole thing with her getting a new ID number etc. so frustrating!!!

    just emailed her there telling her that my other ref has done her part so i'm almost set so hopefully she gets the hint that i need it ASAP!
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    (Original post by hippygirl)
    i feel so pushy too! finally one of my references got filled in today, still waiting on my second ref who has known about doing this for MONTHS and accidentally pressed decline the first time so we had to go through a whole thing with her getting a new ID number etc. so frustrating!!!

    just emailed her there telling her that my other ref has done her part so i'm almost set so hopefully she gets the hint that i need it ASAP!
    Fingers crossed! Hopefully both of our references will come through tomorrow.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I get understand that at undergrad level, but not at PGCE. It makes even less sense that clearing existed last year (when applications only went to one uni at a time) than this year. Still I know people can drop them last minute and pick one uni out of three, etc, but when some courses have like 500+ applicants for 20 spaces it's just hard to see how they couldn't be filled.
    Yeah. From experience. I applied late last year, but there were lots of unis still listed as 'in clearing' and having spaces left. So I went straight to clearing and even though places were listed as having spaces and listed in the clearing section, when I contacted the unis, they all said their clearing places were reserved for their waiting list. So, dropout places usually go to people in their reserve lists.

    I was determined though, and decided to contact practically all the unis that were in clearing to see if they had places. This must have happened for about 28 or 29 unis before I realised that PGCE clearing was basically non-existent and decided to give up and apply very early this year instead.

    TLDR: I wasted £19 and a lot of time in clearing.
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    (Original post by FilmExpert)
    Yeah. From experience. I applied really late last year, I was aware I was probably too late, but just wanted to give it a go, and there were lots of unis still listed as 'in clearing' and having spaces left. So I went straight to clearing and even though places were listed as having spaces and listed in the clearing section, when I contacted the unis, they all said their clearing places were reserved for their waiting list. So, dropout places usually go to people in their reserve lists.

    I was determined though, and decided to contact practically all the unis that were in clearing to see if they had places. This must have happened for about 28 or 29 unis before I realised that PGCE clearing was basically non-existent and decided to give up and apply very early this year instead.

    TLDR: I wasted £19 and a lot of time in clearing.
    Ahhh, thanks for sharing that, that's interesting to hear! And it doesn't surprise me at all so basically going off that, we shouldn't really put hope into apply 2! I mean, if I don't get anything from apply 1 I will definitely go into apply 2 and apply anywhere but hopefully it won't come to that.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Ahhh, thanks for sharing that, that's interesting to hear! And it doesn't surprise me at all so basically going off that, we shouldn't really put hope into apply 2! I mean, if I don't get anything from apply 1 I will definitely go into apply 2 and apply anywhere but hopefully it won't come to that.
    I'm sure it won't. & I wouldn't worry. I know everyone on TSR says it's soooooo competitive etc. but I know some right idiots in real life who are now teachers. Someone who failed exams, someone else who got thrown out of my high school, someone who was (and probably still is) the worst possible role model for children. A good friend of mine is teaching A level Chemistry. He was in my organic Chem class. I remember trying to explain organic compounds to him and him failing all his tests. I recently reminded him of this and asked him if he could explain it to me now. He couldn't. He relies on text books. The idea that he is teaching something he doesn't even understand, just astounds me.

    So if I don't get a place, I won't take it personally at all, & I'll just take another nice little TA job and apply next year.
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    I can feel a lot of negativity and worries about applications, but I was wondering if the shortage of places available relates to only some subjects? I'm applying for Modern Foreign Languages at IoE and King's. Anyone has an idea of how difficult it is to be accepted for theses courses at this unis? And at a more general level?
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    For those who have done the skills test - what did you take as proof of application?
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    (Original post by Descartes93)
    For those who have done the skills test - what did you take as proof of application?
    Passport and bank card- need two things with signature on it. But remember to take your evidence of application with you :-) Good luck!! xx
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    (Original post by Descartes93)
    For those who have done the skills test - what did you take as proof of application?
    I passed both numeracy and literacy today and I took a print out of my application form. They hardly looked at it to be honest!
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    Has anybody heard anything
    from uni of manchester or Leeds trinity? Can't stop checking! X
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    (Original post by JMR26)
    I graduated about 12 years ago with Dual Hons Biology and Finance, but Maths was always the subject I enjoyed.
    I'm applying for MMU, Edge Hill and Schools Direct at Weaverham.
    Fingers and toes all crossed that we both get places!
    Good luck
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    I get understand that at undergrad level, but not at PGCE. It makes even less sense that clearing existed last year (when applications only went to one uni at a time) than this year. Still I know people can drop them last minute and pick one uni out of three, etc, but when some courses have like 500+ applicants for 20 spaces it's just hard to see how they couldn't be filled.
    I checked last year in July which courses were still open for secondary maths, about 75% of courses still had vacancies. Including some good unis like Kings.
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    (Original post by cutebat)
    Passport and bank card- need two things with signature on it. But remember to take your evidence of application with you :-) Good luck!! xx
    Thank you! I will let you know how it goes tomorrow evening! Thanks for all the help - you're a star xx
    (Original post by LAEVIE)
    I passed both numeracy and literacy today and I took a print out of my application form. They hardly looked at it to be honest!
    Congratulations! How did you find the Numeracy?
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    (Original post by LAEVIE)
    I passed both numeracy and literacy today and I took a print out of my application form. They hardly looked at it to be honest!
    Hi
    What are these tests? Do the tests compensate for a lack of a qualification? If so, do many universities recognise these as qualifications?
    I know that this is question overload!!! I would be grateful for any kind of help with this, since these tests might help me apply for a PGDE :-)
    More specifically, if anyone has information to this regard that applies to a Scottish university then please enlighten me, if you can :-D
    Thanks in advance for any help!!!
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    (Original post by Descartes93)
    My application was submitted on Friday afternoon and I still have not received my welcome letter and therefore cannot log into track!!!!!!!

    I will be pouncing the postman as soon as I see him....
    If you click 'forgotten log in details' your personal ID is sent to you. I just did it


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    (Original post by bordercollies10)
    Hi
    What are these tests? Do the tests compensate for a lack of a qualification? If so, do many universities recognise these as qualifications?
    I know that this is question overload!!! I would be grateful for any kind of help with this, since these tests might help me apply for a PGDE :-)
    More specifically, if anyone has information to this regard that applies to a Scottish university then please enlighten me, if you can :-D
    Thanks in advance for any help!!!
    hey these tests are only for english unis. they dont apply to scottish ones. where you applying to?
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    (Original post by hippygirl)
    hey these tests are only for english unis. they dont apply to scottish ones. where you applying to?
    Hey
    I'm applying to UWS, Glasgow and Strathclyde :-)
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Ahhh, thanks for sharing that, that's interesting to hear! And it doesn't surprise me at all so basically going off that, we shouldn't really put hope into apply 2! I mean, if I don't get anything from apply 1 I will definitely go into apply 2 and apply anywhere but hopefully it won't come to that.
    Hi Airfairy,

    Also bear in mind that some people will be given conditional offers after Apply 1, dependent on them passing their undergraduate degree/science GCSE/skills test etc. Unfortunately not everyone will get the grades they need, or pass the skills tests, in which case a lot more places become available. My friend is on a SCITT at the moment, and three people have had to drop out as they'd failed their skills test three times. So essentially that's three places that could have been filled by other (more competent) people!

    I think this is why a lot of universities now demand that you pass your tests within eight weeks of getting an offer, so that if you fail, they can re-open their recruitment process and keep looking for other people.
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    Have got an interview at the Institute of Education for the 5th of December! Am so nervous, can't quite belive I got an interview so quickly
    Am still waiting to hear from Kingston, and St Mary's University College Twickenham though
 
 
 
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