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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Is everyone here doing their QTS tests asap?! I'm not planning to but getting worried now...


    Also, are PGCEs standardised? I was thinking of applying to Cambridge, but was wondering if it would be harder course. I don't see the point of struggling if it is harder, seeing as uni doesn't matter for PGCEs.
    My plan was to sit QTS tests asap but since things are going to change I reckon that I'll do Maths just when I feel enough confident.

    Er, take a look at the Good Teacher Trainig Guide, it will help you to understand which are the best courses according to Ofsted.
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    (Original post by Gio')
    Great for the October observation, I hope to get mine arount that period.

    Well, you don't need an Italian observation because educational system is completely different in the U.K.
    I know it's not requested, but every bit counts and it shows interest for the job, I think. Obviously it's a different system, but I thought they might appreciate the volunteering in a school environment, even if Italian!
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    (Original post by Gio')
    My plan was to sit QTS tests asap but since things are going to change I reckon that I'll do Maths just when I feel enough confident.

    Er, take a look at the Good Teacher Trainig Guide, it will help you to understand which are the best courses according to Ofsted.
    Thanks for telling me about that good teacher training guide. I'd never heard of it but have had a good look through it. I'm trying to ignore that nice big league table at the bottom though because I got a bit obsessed with league tables when I was applying for undergrad and I don't think it really matters for teaching.
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    As far as I can tell, the changes come into action in September 2014, meaning we won't suffer, as we will take ours before then (I assume so, anyway, considering we have to have passed before starting).

    In terms of doing the tests, I want to take mine ASAP so am using old revision QTS guide books for revising my numeracy mainly (since literacy should technically be my strong point, being an English graduate and all...). I actually surprised myself doing numeracy revision, as I didn't rely on a calculator all that much!

    I'm starting classroom experience with ex-offenders and expelled students next Thursday, this could be fun.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Is everyone here doing their QTS tests asap?! I'm not planning to but getting worried now...


    Also, are PGCEs standardised? I was thinking of applying to Cambridge, but was wondering if it would be harder course. I don't see the point of struggling if it is harder, seeing as uni doesn't matter for PGCEs.
    They're all pretty similar, so one won't be much harder than the other.
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    How's everyone feeling about applying this year?
    I know it's still early days, but I'm already starting to feel a bit under-confident. I've had to take a gap year because I didn't get on a course last year and I feel a bit rubbish about myself and stuff.

    I feel like Drama is so competitive and quick to go, I still don't think my chances will be all that good.
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    (Original post by neonlj)
    How's everyone feeling about applying this year?
    I know it's still early days, but I'm already starting to feel a bit under-confident. I've had to take a gap year because I didn't get on a course last year and I feel a bit rubbish about myself and stuff.

    I feel like Drama is so competitive and quick to go, I still don't think my chances will be all that good.
    I know what you mean about being under-confident.

    Deciding to apply was kind of a last minute thing for me. I mean, I've been thinking about teaching a lot, but it took some heart to heart conversations with friends and family to convince me that I would be good at doing it and should apply!

    A lot of people don't get on a course first time, so I am a bit worried about that, especially applying for English, but I am making a conscious effort to gain as many experiences by November as possible to support my application!

    I hope you get on this year, Drama is popular but if you are passionate enough, I am sure you can do it

    I know it is difficult, but try and think positive, because if you set yourself up to fail, you won't put your all into trying! Good luck!!
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    (Original post by LaurieLee)
    I know what you mean about being under-confident.

    Deciding to apply was kind of a last minute thing for me. I mean, I've been thinking about teaching a lot, but it took some heart to heart conversations with friends and family to convince me that I would be good at doing it and should apply!

    A lot of people don't get on a course first time, so I am a bit worried about that, especially applying for English, but I am making a conscious effort to gain as many experiences by November as possible to support my application!

    I hope you get on this year, Drama is popular but if you are passionate enough, I am sure you can do it

    I know it is difficult, but try and think positive, because if you set yourself up to fail, you won't put your all into trying! Good luck!!

    (Original post by neonlj)
    How's everyone feeling about applying this year?
    I know it's still early days, but I'm already starting to feel a bit under-confident. I've had to take a gap year because I didn't get on a course last year and I feel a bit rubbish about myself and stuff.

    I feel like Drama is so competitive and quick to go, I still don't think my chances will be all that good.
    I feel the same guys! Everyone seems to have so much experience already. I'm applying for R.E, and to be honest I have no idea what it is like in terms of competitiveness! I can't imagine it being that bad, but I think they are all pretty competitive. Fingers crossed for all of us anyway.
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    Trying to decide whether to apply for a MFL specialist PGCE course or not... I have an A Level in French (C) and some basic Spanish from uni, but not sure whether that would be enough to get me into a MFL course. Should I just try to get into a generic PGCE? Lots of them allow for specialism when you start the course but I'm not sure which I would have more of a chance of getting onto. It doesn't help that I have no idea how competitive MFL courses are!
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    (Original post by alabelle)
    Trying to decide whether to apply for a MFL specialist PGCE course or not... I have an A Level in French (C) and some basic Spanish from uni, but not sure whether that would be enough to get me into a MFL course. Should I just try to get into a generic PGCE? Lots of them allow for specialism when you start the course but I'm not sure which I would have more of a chance of getting onto. It doesn't help that I have no idea how competitive MFL courses are!
    What exactly is a generic PGCE?
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    What exactly is a generic PGCE?
    Just an ordinary Primary PGCE, rather than Primary PGCE with French, for instance.
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    (Original post by alabelle)
    Just an ordinary Primary PGCE, rather than Primary PGCE with French, for instance.
    Oh, apologies, I didn't realise you were talking primary. Makes sense now
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    Hi everyone, I will be applying this year to do a Primary PGCE, I am wondering if having a grade C in English language and grade B in English literature will be a major disadvantage and should I resit the exam.
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    I'm an art graduate with a masters in research in art history and design. I'm going for Secondary art this year (for a second year) and if I am unsuccessful I am going with primary early years the year after.

    I know that subjects not given any help with funding suffer from lack of numbers, therefor are far more competitive. I have friends who got into maths secondary at the last hurdle in clearing last year. Arts and humanities however, aren't doing so great. The unis I applied to were honest in explaining their lack of positions, usually having 8-12 places. If you don't get 1st interview with them your chances have changed enormously. It's brutal.

    What I'm trying to say in a very long and winding tone is; it is disheartening! I felt like a reject for a number of weeks - having to explain to colleagues you weren't so lucky this time. But use that to prove to yourself how much you want it! How determined you will be next year! Do your research, practice and then hopefully pip the post and earn a place on our own credit and hard work!
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    (Original post by bfc92)
    Hi everyone, I will be applying this year to do a Primary PGCE, I am wondering if having a grade C in English language and grade B in English literature will be a major disadvantage and should I resit the exam.
    So long as you meet the requirements of the places you're applying to you'll be fine.
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Thanks for telling me about that good teacher training guide. I'd never heard of it but have had a good look through it. I'm trying to ignore that nice big league table at the bottom though because I got a bit obsessed with league tables when I was applying for undergrad and I don't think it really matters for teaching.

    You're welcome!

    Yep, I think that league table may be useful, but I know many people who did their PGCE in good unis (not the top ones) and found the courses interesting and well organised.
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    (Original post by FrancescaDB)
    I know it's not requested, but every bit counts and it shows interest for the job, I think. Obviously it's a different system, but I thought they might appreciate the volunteering in a school environment, even if Italian!
    Yep, the more you can do, the better for you.
    Maybe they will ask you if you have noticed some differences between the two systems. Dunno which was the main field of your Liceo, mine was Languages (a sperimental project Brocca), and if they ask I will them how lessons were.

    I used to be a Spanish and English Teacher/Tutor for some cultural organisations, and tailored courses/syllabus by myself, so I will underline these experiences as well.

    Good luck, let me know how it goes your application!
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    I'm Starting to get my three choices together. So far I've decided applying to Leeds Uni and Leeds Trinity.
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    (Original post by wildrover)
    I'm Starting to get my three choices together. So far I've decided applying to Leeds Uni and Leeds Trinity.
    I'll also be applying for Leeds Uni, and probably Shef Hallam


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    I'll probably apply for Manchester Met and Chester, as these are the only two PGCE providers within a reasonable reach. I'll also apply for a local School Direct course.

    Outside of those (assuming that there will be no more local school direct places, which is very likely), I'm probably going to have to move to wherever else would accept me, so it would be pretty much anywhere.
 
 
 
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