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    wow some of you finished late! I've been finished since the 13th june Best feeling was getting getting on the plane for a MUCH needed holiday!
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    (Original post by oxymoronic)


    Its an issue of cost tbh, which is why I've applied for a place and got one provisionally then I can decide what I'm doing in collaboration with my school once I finally get a job (3 interviews this week!) as I'm worried that if I wait until 2012, I just won't be able to afford it as the undergraduate fee rise will surely have implications on postgraduate courses. There's no way a postgraduate course can be half the price of an undergrad year, it just makes no sense. Meaning I am expecting postgrad fees to be in excess of £10,000 from 2012 and there's no way I could afford to pay that over two years whereas I could managed £4/5000 over two years with help from my parents/savings. So in short, I really want to start it at some point in 2011 simply from a cost perspective as I'd love to do further research at higher level beyond a Masters in "my" area of education so I need the Masters for this and just general interest cos I like academia generally which is why I did the PGCE.... but I won't be able to if I can't afford it which is why I think I'll just bite the bullet and start in my NQT year otherwise I'll never do it. If the fees weren't going up, I would have started the year after my NQT year though
    Hey

    Just thought I'd give you an update on our Masters conversation - went for my interview the other day and they have clarified that Cambridge will not accept my Masters credits from Bristol....ha! The professional tutor at my school was mistaken about that, so yes I'm going to have to do it over 2 years!

    However this is probably more managable for me, and my school is going to fund 100% first year fees and 75% second year fees so can't really complain. It ties me to my school for 2 years but I'm sure I'll be there at least 2 years anyway.

    Got the offer on Friday too, so officially off to Cambridge Uni to do a Masters (on top of my NQT and RQT years ha!)
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    (Original post by dobbs)
    Just thought I'd give you an update on our Masters conversation - went for my interview the other day and they have clarified that Cambridge will not accept my Masters credits from Bristol....ha! The professional tutor at my school was mistaken about that, so yes I'm going to have to do it over 2 years!
    That's annoying, especially given they seemed to imply to you that there wouldn't be a problem. Now you can join my club of having these random 60 Masters credits to your name that we can't actually use for the Masters courses in education that we actually want to do! Its not as if Bristol has a bad academic reputation either. I can sort of understand the hostility from Oxbridge etc towards my PGCE uni, as its an ex teacher training college so whilst its very very good for education, they've put a mish mash of undergraduate courses together to call it a university and it really doesn't make it onto any form of academic elite ranking so I feel like I have to ride on Edinburgh's reputation for the Masters courses I want to prove I can "do it" at a high academic level in addition to being a good teacher.

    Do they take many non Cambridge people on their MEd each year? I got the impression that they didn't due to the credit transfer reasons.

    However this is probably more managable for me, and my school is going to fund 100% first year fees and 75% second year fees so can't really complain. It ties me to my school for 2 years but I'm sure I'll be there at least 2 years anyway.
    Aye, I'd much rather do it over 2-4 years sort of time basis than try and get it all done in one year with my NQT year on top, just feels like I'd be giving myself more work/stress than I needed to for the pure sake of it. I've still not decided what I'm doing, still contemplating on enrolling at the IoE for a very very part time Masters from September but I'm not sure yet. You've been so lucky with getting yours funded, I'm very jealous! Is it an independent school you're at?
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    (Original post by oxymoronic)
    Do they take many non Cambridge people on their MEd each year? I got the impression that they didn't due to the credit transfer reasons.
    Well if you remember my MEd is within this SUPER Partnership whereby schools put forward teachers to do the part time MEd so it's not a "normal" route and so yes I think quite a lot of people didn't go to Cambridge; though this September there's me and an RQT starting the MEd and she did do hers at Cambridge so will only take her 1 year to do it.

    Not sure about more traditional MEd routes where people look to do them independently of their school.

    (Original post by oxymoronic)
    You've been so lucky with getting yours funded, I'm very jealous! Is it an independent school you're at?
    I think it'll be fine with the NQT year to be honest, seems like my school will provide me with loads of support, and no it's not an independent school, a "Good with Outstanding Features" state school so nothing particularly special. However they benefit from being part of this partnership with Cambridge Uni and part of the criteria is that they are expected to help with tuition fee costs, and the research I eventually do should directly benefit the school and well as fit into my interests.

    Anyway, I've got a summer to enjoy first....!
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    Its really interesting read about all of your PGCE years!! I have now graduated and start my secondary maths PGCE in September at Sheffield Uni woop!

    Does anyone know how much it costs to complete the masters at the Uni you did your PGCE at as quite fancy completing it at Sheffield Uni so the credits are valid. Do you have to do it over two years aswell?
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    (Original post by Andy 13)
    Its really interesting read about all of your PGCE years!! I have now graduated and start my secondary maths PGCE in September at Sheffield Uni woop!

    Does anyone know how much it costs to complete the masters at the Uni you did your PGCE at as quite fancy completing it at Sheffield Uni so the credits are valid. Do you have to do it over two years aswell?
    Around the £4000 mark, you normally pay per 30 credit module as a part time student from the ones I've been looking at. If you want to stop at Sheffield just ask them about it, they'll be desperate to keep you on for the Masters bit of the course! You might want to wait until you've got a job though until you commit to it as some schools will be more flexible than others about letting you work your PPA/NQT time (planning time) around the course modules and some might offer to pay for the course if it benefits them.
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    (Original post by Andy 13)
    Does anyone know how much it costs to complete the masters at the Uni you did your PGCE at as quite fancy completing it at Sheffield Uni so the credits are valid. Do you have to do it over two years aswell?
    (Original post by oxymoronic)
    Around the £4000 mark
    If he manages to use the credits from Sheffield and does it in one year it should be cheaper - Cambridge fees are approx £2,400 per year. Have you seen places charging £4,000 a year? That's insane if so!

    Though over the 2 years of my MEd it'll cost £4,800 in total, though hopefully only £600 of that will come out of my own pocket!
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    (Original post by dobbs)
    If he manages to use the credits from Sheffield and does it in one year it should be cheaper - Cambridge fees are approx £2,400 per year. Have you seen places charging £4,000 a year? That's insane if so!

    Though over the 2 years of my MEd it'll cost £4,800 in total, though hopefully only £600 of that will come out of my own pocket!
    I'm guessing that is for the two years. BUT that will only be valid this year- next year the masters are going up like the undergrad courses so it is likely they will charge £4k + each year... Definitely NOT worth that!

    I had a long chat with my PGCE tutor who said he would never advise doing an MA in your NQT year and said those that do really are piling on the pressure. He said to focus on the NQT year fully and then think about an MA for 2nd year or 3rd year.
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    (Original post by Kidders)
    I had a long chat with my PGCE tutor who said he would never advise doing an MA in your NQT year and said those that do really are piling on the pressure. He said to focus on the NQT year fully and then think about an MA for 2nd year or 3rd year.
    It just depends who you ask - I've heard both good things and bad things, at the end of the day when can you say your year as a teacher will not be busy? You might feel more comfortable at the school but you'll probably be taking on more responsibilities, also the link between research during your PGCE and then continuing through your Masters will be easier.

    Also the two year MEd only requires me in the first year to write 2 x 6,000 word essays so it shouldn't be a significant difficulty
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    (Original post by nikki_louise)
    Congrats on getting the job, i will be hopeing to get a job this time next year for secondary geography and just wondered if you found many jobs going?
    Myself and everyone on the Geography pgce at Sheffield got a job this year. Can depend on how picky you are about location, though the majority did get jobs where they wanted rather than having to relocate. Also, severalof the jobs were 1 year contracts rather than permanent posts.
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    (Original post by Andy 13)
    Its really interesting read about all of your PGCE years!! I have now graduated and start my secondary maths PGCE in September at Sheffield Uni woop!

    Does anyone know how much it costs to complete the masters at the Uni you did your PGCE at as quite fancy completing it at Sheffield Uni so the credits are valid. Do you have to do it over two years aswell?
    I'll be doing mine at Sheffield this year, just finished my pgce there. Cant remember the eact cost but around the £3000 mark. You have to do it over 2 years, year 1 is two modules and year 2 is dissertation xx
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    (Original post by blairwitchgirluk)
    Myself and everyone on the Geography pgce at Sheffield got a job this year. Can depend on how picky you are about location, though the majority did get jobs where they wanted rather than having to relocate. Also, severalof the jobs were 1 year contracts rather than permanent posts.
    I agree with this - out of the 17 PGCE Geographers at Bristol, as far as I know there are 3 without jobs but that's mainly because they are being really specific with where they want to work.

    If you're flexible about location I don't think it's too difficult to get jobs - the first few people to get jobs on my course are also the few who moved furthest away from Bristol, myself included (Cambridge!) and another in Essex, and a few in London.

    Also yes, many people seem to be getting one year contracts, or doing things like maternity cover.
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    Doing my MEd with Cambridge next year too (will only take me a year as i did my PGCE there), though i'm RQT this year just gone so have a few years under my belt. My school is also part of the SUPER Partnership, but i'm doing the Science specialist one.

    Which of the SUPER schools are you at? It can't be mine as we're not "Good with Outstanding Features".

    Good luck with doing the MEd AND NQT at the same time!
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      It's time for a bump for the next generation of trainees!

      It's getting to the point where one of sport, booze, lesson planning and uni assignments will have to go - and it's only Week 6!
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      I'm feeling fine so far, first assignment done and lesson taught and no late nights yet.. So far, so chilled.. Who knows what is awaiting?!!
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      People on my course are shattered already. By Wednesday, we all look like zombies lol!
      Work load is managable at the moment - spent the afternoon writing up lesson observations and writing reflective reports. Spending tomorrow afternoon doing academic assignments, mainly for English, Maths and Science.

      We've discussed planning though. That is going to be the killer. My tutor said a few hours a week for the week long plans plus an average of 1 hour per hour for individual lesson plans. Plus the reflective assignments and essays that go with it. Joy!
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      Good luck to this year's cohort!
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      Not too bad so far but I think that is mainly to do with no really long uni assignments and ive only had to plan one lesson so far- my first which starts next week.
      By the looks of things for me it will start getting really busy after half term: 10 hrs of lessons a week, first bit uni assignment and a professional themes portfolio to do as well as weekly target setting and reflections.
      I have tried to get all of the little exercises out of the way before half term since i am only observing/ being an LSA in lessons at the moment.
      Im both excited and daunted for after half term!
      Plus the bloody qts standards are already annoying me and I wish I could book the bloody skill tests already!!
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      (Original post by nikki_louise)
      Not too bad so far but I think that is mainly to do with no really long uni assignments and ive only had to plan one lesson so far- my first which starts next week.
      By the looks of things for me it will start getting really busy after half term: 10 hrs of lessons a week, first bit uni assignment and a professional themes portfolio to do as well as weekly target setting and reflections.
      I have tried to get all of the little exercises out of the way before half term since i am only observing/ being an LSA in lessons at the moment.
      Im both excited and daunted for after half term!
      Plus the bloody qts standards are already annoying me and I wish I could book the bloody skill tests already!!
      We've not been given that number yet, so I can't book mine either. A blessing in one way, as I think it is going to be a pain to do [you can't do them here, so it'll be a case of getting the train somewhere else, when the train station is at least 30 minutes away from my flat lol], but then again, I'd like to get them out of the way.
     
     
     
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