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    (Original post by Ros1978)
    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
    Hi Ros,

    I would contact the admissions tutor at the uni and see what they suggest you do. I went along to a university's open day and everyone had lots of time to answer questions, if there's one at Exeter I'd go if I were you.
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    (Original post by Ros1978)
    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
    I would be careful in applying for an early years and primary PGCE at the same uni, they might question why you are not choosing one specialism and might think you are not sure. They would probably be able to see that you have applied for two courses, even if the same person does not look at both applications.

    As for the primary specialism you are best to email them to find out if they would consider you or not, at least you would know then! I would guess it is very competitive for the primary PGCE as it seems to have a very good reputation but do not let that put you off.

    What about a school direct near you? Some of them are salaried but you probably would not get a PGCE at the end.
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    I agree that applying for two different courses at one uni would make you seem indecisive rather than focused.


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    (Original post by Siwo)
    Hi Does anyone know how competitive secondary science is? Is it one of the more popular choices or not?
    It varies with what your specialism within the sciences will be. What will you be teaching post 16?
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    (Original post by Feartheunknown)
    It varies with what your specialism within the sciences will be. What will you be teaching post 16?
    I have a masters degree in biology, so ideally that, and I would like to teach post 16
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    (Original post by Siwo)
    I have a masters degree in biology, so ideally that, and I would like to teach post 16
    SAME! I'm finishing up my undergrad in Biology and from what I know Biology is slightly more competitive than Chemistry and Physics (but not by that much!) I went to an open day at the Institute of Education and they still had places for Sec Sci in April. Physics and Chem applicants are able to apply days before the deadline because there are so few applicants (hence the giant bursary they get!)

    Were you studying for an MSc or did you apply for an MSc after you completed your BSc? I'm debating whether or not to apply for an MSc or go straight into teaching.
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    (Original post by Feartheunknown)
    PGCE Secondary Science. How about you? Where are you thinking of applying?
    MFL. I am thinking of Manchester and Liverpool so far, what about you?
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    (Original post by jeffercake)
    Sheffield Hallam, School Direct and probably Leeds Uni. I have to stay local!
    How about you?


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    Good. So you can apply to PGCE and School Direct at the same time and then pick one? I did not know this. Useful to know. I am applying to Liverpool and Manchester so far. I might include Leeds but I have never been there so I don't know how the city ranks in terms of social activities, nightlife, museums, size and cost of living.
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    (Original post by Mrs L)
    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
    Aww. I have been applying for work experience this month but no is replying back. Summer holidays I guess. Hopefully I will get some for September.
    haha I also have problems with explaining the why
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    (Original post by Juichiro)
    MFL. I am thinking of Manchester and Liverpool so far, what about you?
    I'm thinking of applying to IoE, King's College and Oxford not sure about the rest.... Might just apply to some random ones!
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    thanks everyone. I would far prefer to choose general primary so I ma going to go with my gut instinct and apply for age 5-11 only.

    Is anyone else thinking of applying to exeter, plymouth,marjon or devon scitt?

    Ros
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    (Original post by Juichiro)
    Good. So you can apply to PGCE and School Direct at the same time and then pick one? I did not know this. Useful to know. I am applying to Liverpool and Manchester so far. I might include Leeds but I have never been there so I don't know how the city ranks in terms of social activities, nightlife, museums, size and cost of living.
    I can vouch for Leeds being a lovely place! It has great nightlife, the university union is fantastic and it's not expensive to live there. It's a great city and a fab uni.

    HOWEVER! I don't to go to Leeds for my PGCE because I commute and it's a bit far. Sheffield is closer, and they have placement schools in my town, so fingers crossed

    As for applying to both PGCE and SD, I asked someone at the Teaching Helpline (they rang me up for some strange reason!) and they said that that would be possible this year. It's all changing!
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    (Original post by Juichiro)
    So no one is getting child/youth related experience (apart from the 10-day compulsory thing)?


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    (Original post by swarfliam)
    I am, currently at a Kids Activity Camp
    Hello fellow politics student!

    I can't remember what you were going to teach, are you going into primary?

    Politics is such a pain for getting into teaching :cool:
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    (Original post by Feartheunknown)
    SAME! I'm finishing up my undergrad in Biology and from what I know Biology is slightly more competitive than Chemistry and Physics (but not by that much!) I went to an open day at the Institute of Education and they still had places for Sec Sci in April. Physics and Chem applicants are able to apply days before the deadline because there are so few applicants (hence the giant bursary they get!)

    Were you studying for an MSc or did you apply for an MSc after you completed your BSc? I'm debating whether or not to apply for an MSc or go straight into teaching.
    Cool! Thank you! Good to know that biology is not so competitive.
    I did a complete MSc before deciding that I wanted to get into teaching. I'm from Denmark, and here you need to have a MSc to teach post 16 - if it is the only subject you have studied at university. Two different BSc's will also work, but I don't have that.
    I did the BSc first, and then applied for the MSc. I found that the MSc was MUCH more fun than the BSc, so if you really like biology, I would go for the MSc. But if you are leaning more towards teaching, go for that
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    I'm going to merge this thread with the current PGCE Applications 2014 thread as there is a very similar discussion in there.
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    (Original post by jeffercake)
    I can vouch for Leeds being a lovely place! It has great nightlife, the university union is fantastic and it's not expensive to live there. It's a great city and a fab uni.

    HOWEVER! I don't to go to Leeds for my PGCE because I commute and it's a bit far. Sheffield is closer, and they have placement schools in my town, so fingers crossed

    As for applying to both PGCE and SD, I asked someone at the Teaching Helpline (they rang me up for some strange reason!) and they said that that would be possible this year. It's all changing!
    Thanks for the input! I might put down Leeds as well. How many uni choices do we have?
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    I'm thinking of applying to Marjons PGCE starting 2014, I live in Cornwall so also going to apply for the Cornwall SCITT. I don't really know which one to go for though?
    Does applications open in October?
    I've been a TA for four years along side completing my degree in Education and Training.
    Ruby


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    (Original post by Juichiro)
    Thanks for the input! I might put down Leeds as well. How many uni choices do we have?
    As far as I'm aware, we can apply to three in Autumn and, if unsuccessful, we can then apply for a further three in January.


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    Hello fellow politics student!

    I can't remember what you were going to teach, are you going into primary?

    Politics is such a pain for getting into teaching :cool:

    Primary is the plan! Politics really is a pain, but i'm doing a minor in History this year and next (2nd and 3rd) although still having a straight Politics degree. I chose Tudors and Victorians for the modules mainly so i do have something to talk about National Curriculum wise, so i'm hoping that will get me through
 
 
 
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