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    (Original post by -FireFlies-)
    Hey guys, I know its the summer and people will be relaxing and stuff.. but I was just wondering does anyone have any textbooks they'd recommend buying for the PGDE/PGCE year? Just want to get organised and prepared already!

    I'm doing Secondary (Chemistry) PGDE

    Thanks!
    If anything I would say that the best books to buy are the physics/chemistry/biology for you books. They're great for brushing up on subject knowledge, particularly for your non specialist subjects. General revision guides are also useful.

    I didn't buy any books for assignments, I found the uni library and my local library were fine for getting hold of reference material, though you may need to reserve them.


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    For those who have finished their PGCE, have you found a job yet? How has the job search been?
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    Yes I have a job. I applied to a lot and would have had 9 interviews in total, luckily I withdrew from the final 5 as I gained a position by then! I got my job in very early May. Most people I know got jobs in May/June.
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    (Original post by StarBabyCat)
    Yes I have a job. I applied to a lot and would have had 9 interviews in total, luckily I withdrew from the final 5 as I gained a position by then! I got my job in very early May. Most people I know got jobs in May/June.
    How much prior experience (before starting the course) did you have? Most people I know in the course have worked in schools for several months if not years. In contrast, I had only done the minimum 2 week placement as I applied late.

    I'll try to volunteer at youth schemes during my placement, but I'm concerned that my lack of background experience will be a disadvantage when finding employment.
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    I was a Cover Supervisor part time before I did the PGCE. I also have an MA. However it is more important that you do well on the course, teach and plan good lessons etc. Writing a very good letter of application is also essential to get an interview.
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    (Original post by StarBabyCat)
    I was a Cover Supervisor part time before I did the PGCE. I also have an MA. However it is more important that you do well on the course, teach and plan good lessons etc. Writing a very good letter of application is also essential to get an interview.
    Does having a masters help with employability, because overall, I have read, it doesn't at all? Unless it was an integrated masters course with your undergraduate degree (ie 4 consecutive years)
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    (Original post by Feartheunknown)
    Does having a masters help with employability, because overall, I have read, it doesn't at all? Unless it was an integrated masters course with your undergraduate degree (ie 4 consecutive years)
    Well it can't hurt. My partner was told by his employer that they looked favorably upon his (Science based) Masters.

    It is sometimes hard to know exactly what/who the school is looking for. If nothing else, if you were neck and neck with another candidate in every other aspect, your Masters could be the deal breaker.
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    Hi guys, I was wondering if I could have some people's opinions whom have done (or currently doing) their PGCE.

    I start mine on the 2nd September (eek!), however I still have a part time job. Now the job have spoken to me, and agreed to leave it open for me for weekend shifts (often 9:30am-8pm time slots). I am currently in two minds about whether to keep it. I am aware of the excessive nature that this PGCE is going to have on me, my time, and those around me, however, like many, the extra bit of income would help me.

    What are people's views on keeping a job during their PGCE year? Has anyone on here done it? Would you recommend it or would you recommend not having one. I am aware of the amount of time this PGCE is going to under take, which is why I am umming and arring about keeping the job.

    Many advice would be much appreciated.
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    (Original post by RMC21)
    Hi guys, I was wondering if I could have some people's opinions whom have done (or currently doing) their PGCE.

    I start mine on the 2nd September (eek!), however I still have a part time job. Now the job have spoken to me, and agreed to leave it open for me for weekend shifts (often 9:30am-8pm time slots). I am currently in two minds about whether to keep it. I am aware of the excessive nature that this PGCE is going to have on me, my time, and those around me, however, like many, the extra bit of income would help me.

    What are people's views on keeping a job during their PGCE year? Has anyone on here done it? Would you recommend it or would you recommend not having one. I am aware of the amount of time this PGCE is going to under take, which is why I am umming and arring about keeping the job.

    Many advice would be much appreciated.
    Well I never did any school work on a Saturday so theoretically you would have time, but I would much rather spend that time doing stuff for me (even if that's laundry, shopping etc).

    Having said that I know somebody who did work at the weekends for most (if not all) of the PGCE and managed just fine.

    If you can pick and choose, working when you are due to go to lectures the following week will be more manageable than when you're on placement.
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    (Original post by *Darcie*)
    Well it can't hurt. My partner was told by his employer that they looked favorably upon his (Science based) Masters.

    It is sometimes hard to know exactly what/who the school is looking for. If nothing else, if you were neck and neck with another candidate in every other aspect, your Masters could be the deal breaker.
    Thanks!!!!!!!! I'm about to enter my final year of my Biology BSc and I am debating whether or not to start my PGCE straight after or do a MSc in Neuroscience or Plant Biochemistry. I'm in a bit of a dichotomy so I am trying to gather all the pros and cons of both options! Thanks for giving my another for my list The 9000 pound fee is on the other end of the scale :/
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    Anyone on Skype? I'm a bit bored...
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    Need to buy some clothes for my placement. I'm doing primary and am a guy. Was wondering whether going to school with a plain polo and chino would be okay? How were the men, especially those on the PGCE, dressed? I also plan to go with a shirt (sleeve rolled up) some days. A mix of both.

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    (Original post by Mr Advice)
    Need to buy some clothes for my placement. I'm doing primary and am a guy. Was wondering whether going to school with a plain polo and chino would be okay? How were the men, especially those on the PGCE, dressed? I also plan to go with a shirt (sleeve rolled up) some days. A mix of both.

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    I would go smart on the first day then take it from there. Some schools are relaxed about how they let people dress (and in my last placement guys seemed to be allowed to dress much more casually than girls actually) but for some schools even a polo will be too casual.
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    (Original post by SuperSam_Fantastiche)
    I would go smart on the first day then take it from there. Some schools are relaxed about how they let people dress (and in my last placement guys seemed to be allowed to dress much more casually than girls actually) but for some schools even a polo will be too casual.
    Thanks for that. Yeah I think first day I'll go smart - shirt, trousers and shoes but not a suit jacket as that will be overboard I think.

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    (Original post by Mr Advice)
    Thanks for that. Yeah I think first day I'll go smart - shirt, trousers and shoes but not a suit jacket as that will be overboard I think.

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    Sounds like a good call
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    (Original post by Mr Advice)
    Need to buy some clothes for my placement. I'm doing primary and am a guy. Was wondering whether going to school with a plain polo and chino would be okay? How were the men, especially those on the PGCE, dressed? I also plan to go with a shirt (sleeve rolled up) some days. A mix of both.

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    In all my placements male staff wore smart trousers, shirts and a tie, no suit jacket though! So i would definitely dress smartly for the first week or so and then. maybe bring it down gradually if it feels apropriately
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    Hey guys, a bit of an unusual question, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask before I get in touch with Student Finance. I was ill for part of my course last year, which means I'll be completing my final placement next school term, hopefully September - December. I was just wondering if anyone knew if I'd be able to get an extension on my student loan to cover the next few months whilst I'm not earning?
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    (Original post by RMC21)
    Hi guys, I was wondering if I could have some people's opinions whom have done (or currently doing) their PGCE.

    I start mine on the 2nd September (eek!), however I still have a part time job. Now the job have spoken to me, and agreed to leave it open for me for weekend shifts (often 9:30am-8pm time slots). I am currently in two minds about whether to keep it. I am aware of the excessive nature that this PGCE is going to have on me, my time, and those around me, however, like many, the extra bit of income would help me.

    What are people's views on keeping a job during their PGCE year? Has anyone on here done it? Would you recommend it or would you recommend not having one. I am aware of the amount of time this PGCE is going to under take, which is why I am umming and arring about keeping the job.

    Many advice would be much appreciated.
    I personally would not have been able to manage this. But that's me! I don't cope very well with two different 'jobs' as it were going on.

    Pretty much imagine that the PGCE is a full time job, plus self-study around it. If you think you can fit in another job that's fine... I know one girl who did, and she managed it but it did very much take its toll on her, mainly just the fact she felt she never had time to just rest.

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    There's no way I could've worked part-time. I was completely exhausted. Although I am a mother so my free time was very much taken up with my daughter!
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    I start my PGCE in Sept! I'm just a bit worried because the experience I've had is more observation based, I did have one to one sessions with kids but I didn't teach the class anything? Like actually be a teacher? So I'm afraid when I eventually start a placement I'll be so nervous etc??

    Is there anything we should be doing before the PGCE starts? I suck at Maths so Imm guessing I should revise again?? (I'm doing Upper Primary PGCE)

    What is a book must have book for the course??

    Thanks to everyone, the tips have been really helpful!well done on your new jobs.
 
 
 
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