Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    None.
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    I did no volunteering but 4 days a week - 2 days in 2 schools from January onwards (I was a late application). Best to go to more than one school if you can as you'll have more chance to pick something really useful or inspirational up. I suppose the 4 days a week was volunteering though as I didn't just observe.


    Posted from TSR Mobile
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    There is a thread on all things to do with PGCE Applications (commencing 2014). Check it out!
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    So no one is getting child/youth related experience (apart from the 10-day compulsory thing)?
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by RachelB11)
    I did no volunteering but 4 days a week - 2 days in 2 schools from January onwards (I was a late application). Best to go to more than one school if you can as you'll have more chance to pick something really useful or inspirational up. I suppose the 4 days a week was volunteering though as I didn't just observe.


    Posted from TSR Mobile
    So you did no volunteering apart from the school experience, right? May I ask what PGCE you went for? Also, did you offers from all your unis? May I ask what unis you went for?

    Thanks, I really appreciate your time!
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Feartheunknown)
    There is a thread on all things to do with PGCE Applications (commencing 2014). Check it out!
    Thanks for the info! I am guessing you will be doing a PGCE as well? What subject?
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Juichiro)
    Thanks for the info! I am guessing you will be doing a PGCE as well? What subject?
    PGCE Secondary Science. How about you? Where are you thinking of applying?
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Juichiro)
    So no one is getting child/youth related experience (apart from the 10-day compulsory thing)?
    Do you mean other than in a school setting? I have four young children, does that count?!


    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by jeffercake)
    Do you mean other than in a school setting? I have four young children, does that count?!


    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Depends.
    Did you wrote that you have children in your personal statement or in the interview?
    Yes, I mean other than in a school setting. I am planning to do extra-volunteering outside school settings to add variety but I wonder if it is necessary/useful.

    P.S. If you make TSR for your children, they will become TSR royalties with absolute knowledge of uni rankings by the time they reach A-level age.
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Juichiro)
    Depends.
    Did you wrote that you have children in your personal statement or in the interview?
    Yes, I mean other than in a school setting. I am planning to do extra-volunteering outside school settings to add variety but I wonder if it is necessary/useful.

    P.S. If you make TSR for your children, they will become TSR royalties with absolute knowledge of uni rankings by the time they reach A-level age.
    Haha! I will write briefly that I'm a mum on my personal statement, and then elaborate further in interview. I mean, it has to benefit me. I have knowledge of what they do at school, what sort of topics they cover, homework they're expected to do, etc.

    Re: volunteering - I would say that anything can be helpful, but it all comes down to what you do with it. You will have to - as with all work experience - be reflective and knowledgable.


    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by jeffercake)
    Haha! I will write briefly that I'm a mum on my personal statement, and then elaborate further in interview. I mean, it has to benefit me. I have knowledge of what they do at school, what sort of topics they cover, homework they're expected to do, etc.

    Re: volunteering - I would say that anything can be helpful, but it all comes down to what you do with it. You will have to - as with all work experience - be reflective and knowledgable.


    Posted from TSR Mobile
    I see. Thanks for the info and all the best in the PGCE. Where are you applying?
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Juichiro)
    I see. Thanks for the info and all the best in the PGCE. Where are you applying?
    Sheffield Hallam, School Direct and probably Leeds Uni. I have to stay local!
    How about you?


    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Offline

    4
    ReputationRep:
    Hi. I am hoping to apply for 2014. I want to do primary (possibly with early years) and have been a TA for four years at my son's school. I am not sure how many courses we can apply for but am based in the South West so I think Devon Primary SCITT, Exeter, Plymouth and Marjon are the ones I will go for. I cant decide between general primary and Early Years but (stupid question alert!) I assume I cant apply for both at each uni unless they are separate applications?
    I am about to complete my third year of a BA Hons Early Childhood Studies but am on the borderline of a 2.1 and a 2.2 which could be a major stumbling block..

    Ros
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Ros1978)
    Hi. I am hoping to apply for 2014. I want to do primary (possibly with early years) and have been a TA for four years at my son's school. I am not sure how many courses we can apply for but am based in the South West so I think Devon Primary SCITT, Exeter, Plymouth and Marjon are the ones I will go for. I cant decide between general primary and Early Years but (stupid question alert!) I assume I cant apply for both at each uni unless they are separate applications?
    I am about to complete my third year of a BA Hons Early Childhood Studies but am on the borderline of a 2.1 and a 2.2 which could be a major stumbling block..

    Ros
    Hi Ros,
    I believe we can apply for three courses in Autumn and if unsuccessful the we can apply for a further three in January. Because we only get one personal statement to write for all applications, you will have to tailor yours to both primary and early years if you want to apply for both. But I can't see that being a problem.


    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    Hi, I am hoping to apply for a primary PGCE. I've just done 8 weeks in two different primary schools across early year foundation stage, key stage one and two. I have done previous work experience too but like an afternoon a week etc. I feel like I've learnt a lot from my most recent work experience though. I've got grade C's in maths, English and science at gcse. Also I have grade C a level in English. Are my gcse grades ok or would I need a grade B? I did finish my second year at uni with a 2:1..

    Also has anyone applied to leeds uni and been interviewed and know generally what to expect? Like what time of questions they may ask etc. or typical pgce questions

    I'm so worried because I know i am passionate about wanting a career in teaching and have been for a while now.. But scared of the whole interview process. Any advice would be great as I'd like to prepare as much as possible!


    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Fabay)
    Hi, I am hoping to apply for a primary PGCE. I've just done 8 weeks in two different primary schools across early year foundation stage, key stage one and two. I have done previous work experience too but like an afternoon a week etc. I feel like I've learnt a lot from my most recent work experience though. I've got grade C's in maths, English and science at gcse. Also I have grade C a level in English. Are my gcse grades ok or would I need a grade B? I did finish my second year at uni with a 2:1..

    Also has anyone applied to leeds uni and been interviewed and know generally what to expect? Like what time of questions they may ask etc. or typical pgce questions

    I'm so worried because I know i am passionate about wanting a career in teaching and have been for a while now.. But scared of the whole interview process. Any advice would be great as I'd like to prepare as much as possible!


    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Hi I had the interview for primary pgce at leeds trinity and it was a pretty scary 2 stage process

    1. A maths and English audit and a group interview with 3 pre prepared topics o discuss and questions as to why we want to teach
    2. We had to plan and perform a ten minute introduction to a lesson to 2 or 3 members of staff and then be grilled on what we did/why we did it and the write an essay on it
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Hello,

    I've just turned down a well paying job to apply for a PGCE this September. I'm now terrified that I've put all my eggs in one basket and won't get a place.

    I'm working at a Holiday Club over the summer holidays and so far I have 2 weeks observation lined up in two schools for the new academic year. I hope to volunteer as a TA in one or both of the schools on the back of my observation, but we'll see how that pans out. I have 2 young kids so I will have to pay for childcare while I am doing any voluntary work which makes it a bit more difficult.

    I'm going to apply for Primary PGCE at Gloucestershire and UWE and like many of you I will be working on my Personal Statement over the summer.

    I've wanted to teach for years, but I can't quite put my finger on "why" and I'm terrified that my desire to teach won't come across when (if!) I get invited to interview.

    Why do you good fellow potential PGCE-ers want to teach?

    Mrs L
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Hi,

    I have just finished my second year of university (achieved a 2:1 in English literature) and am hoping to apply for a Primary PGCE this autumn. I have spent the last two months volunteering in a primary school for 3 or 4 days a week, I also did so this time last year after finishing my 1st year at uni. Whist at uni I listened to children read at a primary school (was one morning per week but better than nothing) and whilst at sixth form I helped out at a school for one afternoon per week for a school year. I went to university with the intention of being a primary school teacher, and I think I'm going to apply to Cambridge, Leicester and UEA because they are the universities most local to me (as well as being great unis). However I am panicking that I won't get accepted into the course because of its competitiveness, I have read how some people have had to apply again and again and have been unsuccessful with their applications. I really don't want to have to take a year out, I went straight from school to university and I don't really want to take a year out of academia, I'd rather get a move on with things whilst I am used to writing essays and having deadlines. Does anyone think I stand a chance?
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Hi Does anyone know how competitive secondary science is? Is it one of the more popular choices or not?
    Offline

    4
    ReputationRep:
    Thanks Jeffercake for your reply. I am glad I found this thread! Devon Primary SCITT is Exeter based and, due to having four children, I need to stay as close to home as possible so Exeter would be my other top choice. Can you put the same uni down for second and third choices but different courses? Exeter for example offer Early Years or primary with a specialism. Different course codes so could I apply like that?
    My other question i - as mentioned above, Exeter does not offer a general primary pgce but rather primary with a specialism. My degree is in early childhood so no obvious "general" primary there but they also ask for A-Level in the specialist subject or previous work related to the subject. I have a C at a level in english ( they ask for a B) and worked for ten years in accountancy. was wondering whether I would be daft to apply for pgce with english or maths?

    Can anyone help?sorry for rambling but I am finding it really difficult to decide which course offers me the best chance of being accepted. I run my own intervention groups in both maths and english as a TA in my primary school and enjoy both but don't want to waste an application!

    Thanks

    Ros
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Brussels sprouts
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.