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    (Original post by Threefold)
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    That's all really helpful, thanks!
    My main worry is that I do a lot of sports and I'm going to have to narrow them down to just one or two to keep up on top of the PGCE work, but I suppose it's worth it in the end.
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    Yeah you will have to cut down on outside stuff to be honest, at least at first. But you should still have time to keep one or two things up. If possible keep your weekday evenings free though as you'll get very tired mid-week and need to just sleep.
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    This may seem like a strange question but do people dress quite casually for the university part of the PGCE?! Not sure how to dress for my first day...! Yes this is one of my worries....
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    Wear your casuals. It's only fellow trainees and your tutor. You'll spend the rest of your time in smart clothes so make the most of it!
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    Any tips for someone starting a PGCE soon?
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    Will there be time to go to the gym for 1-2 hours 3-4 times a week?
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    There will be if you plan ahead for it. You might struggle to fit in 8 hours a week though.
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    I've actually been having second thoughts about doing the PGCE now and I'm considering withdrawing my application later today. I don't think I'm in the right frame of mind to do it at this point in my life plus if I'm going to have to be at my placement at 7am like some people have been saying then that's not really do-able for me as I don't have a car. Any advice?

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    (Original post by gemmam)
    I've actually been having second thoughts about doing the PGCE now and I'm considering withdrawing my application later today. I don't think I'm in the right frame of mind to do it at this point in my life plus if I'm going to have to be at my placement at 7am like some people have been saying then that's not really do-able for me as I don't have a car. Any advice?

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    You need to have a good think on this, as it would be awful to give up your place and then regret it.

    When you say you're not in the right frame of*mind - in what way do you mean?

    As far as starting at 7 goes - everyone is different. I would rather do as much as I can at school and bring minimal work home, hence being in school not long after 7 and starting till close to 6. But others might be happy working at home and only be in school 8 till 5 or similar. People with young children often come in even later than that, and leave earlier, but most schools will require you to be in the building from half 8 till half 4 as part of 'directed time'.
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    (Original post by gemmam)
    I've actually been having second thoughts about doing the PGCE now and I'm considering withdrawing my application later today. I don't think I'm in the right frame of mind to do it at this point in my life plus if I'm going to have to be at my placement at 7am like some people have been saying then that's not really do-able for me as I don't have a car. Any advice?

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    I didn't have a car when I did my PGCE either. Get all your work done after school and you won't need to go in at 7 I very frequently arrived at school at 8 or even quarter past sometimes. As long as you sort out exactly what you need for the following day, you shouldn't have to be in so early! Don't worry. It's do-able without a car

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    (Original post by TraineeLynsey)
    You need to have a good think on this, as it would be awful to give up your place and then regret it.

    When you say you're not in the right frame of*mind - in what way do you mean?

    As far as starting at 7 goes - everyone is different. I would rather do as much as I can at school and bring minimal work home, hence being in school not long after 7 and starting till close to 6. But others might be happy working at home and only be in school 8 till 5 or similar. People with young children often come in even later than that, and leave earlier, but most schools will require you to be in the building from half 8 till half 4 as part of 'directed time'.
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    I didn't have a car when I did my PGCE either. Get all your work done after school and you won't need to go in at 7 I very frequently arrived at school at 8 or even quarter past sometimes. As long as you sort out exactly what you need for the following day, you shouldn't have to be in so early! Don't worry. It's do-able without a car

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    Thanks for your replies. I've been feeling depressed the past few months. I've read people's experiences of doing it and they've said things like they had no free time at all, the amount of work made them ill, their relationships suffered etc. I don't think I want to particularly do it that much anyway; I did a useless degree so my career prospects aren't that good so its pretty much this or be stuck on the dole for ages.

    Edit: I think I am feeling this way because I am nervous about starting, the reason why I did my degree in the first place was to do a PGCE. The most I've heard of people doing is 70 hours a week, if I do 14 hours mon-fri I'd be able to have my weekends free if I manage my time (I used to work full time and study part time before I did my degree so I think this is do-able for me). I'm also doing FE, the experiences I've read have been from people doing Primary or Secondary.

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    (Original post by gemmam)
    Thanks for your replies. I've been feeling depressed the past few months. I've read people's experiences of doing it and they've said things like they had no free time at all, the amount of work made them ill, their relationships suffered etc. I don't think I want to particularly do it that much anyway; I did a useless degree so my career prospects aren't that good so its pretty much this or be stuck on the dole for ages.

    Edit: I think I am feeling this way because I am nervous about starting, the reason why I did my degree in the first place was to do a PGCE. The most I've heard of people doing is 70 hours a week, if I do 14 hours mon-fri I'd be able to have my weekends free if I manage my time (I used to work full time and study part time before I did my degree so I think this is do-able for me). I'm also doing FE, the experiences I've read have been from people doing Primary or Secondary.

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    I can relate to part of what you say. I'm considering applying but certain experiences put me off.
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    Just remember that this thread is made up of a small number of PGCE students, and originated as a place to vent/let off steam. The course is obviously tough, I go in under no illusions, but the majority of people I have spoken to tell me it is all worth it!
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    Hey,

    i start the Primary PGCE monday, I'm so excited, but also nervous!!
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    Got lost on my way to enrolment because the bus I'd usually take doesn't run again until the end of the month. Going to have to crash the schools direct enrolment and apologise like crazy.

    Feeling a bit useless now

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    Got lost on my way to enrolment because the bus I'd usually take doesn't run again until the end of the month. Going to have to crash the schools direct enrolment and apologise like crazy.

    Feeling a bit useless now

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    Oh no! I'm sure they'll understand, hope you get it all sorted. :-)
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    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    Got lost on my way to enrolment because the bus I'd usually take doesn't run again until the end of the month. Going to have to crash the schools direct enrolment and apologise like crazy.

    Feeling a bit useless now

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    I second Esmeralda, im sure they will understand, it wasnt done on purpose. Hope all was ok in the end .
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    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    Oh no! I'm sure they'll understand, hope you get it all sorted. :-)
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    I second Esmeralda, im sure they will understand, it wasnt done on purpose. Hope all was ok in the end .
    They didn't even mention it All enrolled now. I look absolutely awful on my uni card. I swear staff wait for you to stop trying before they take the photo. Gah.

    Now to the travel shop and then to Starbucks to fuel the shopping spree I'm about to have

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    (Original post by gemmam)
    Thanks for your replies. I've been feeling depressed the past few months. I've read people's experiences of doing it and they've said things like they had no free time at all, the amount of work made them ill, their relationships suffered etc. I don't think I want to particularly do it that much anyway; I did a useless degree so my career prospects aren't that good so its pretty much this or be stuck on the dole for ages.

    Edit: I think I am feeling this way because I am nervous about starting, the reason why I did my degree in the first place was to do a PGCE. The most I've heard of people doing is 70 hours a week, if I do 14 hours mon-fri I'd be able to have my weekends free if I manage my time (I used to work full time and study part time before I did my degree so I think this is do-able for me). I'm also doing FE, the experiences I've read have been from people doing Primary or Secondary.

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    The PGCE is a lot of hard work and I think it's normal to have doubts. I became very anxious before starting mine and wondered if it was the right thing to do. I too had always intended to do a PGCE from before I applied for my undergraduate degree. Once I started I felt a lot better and got on with it all! I did primary and the work load was heavy. However, I always had a Saturday and Friday night off during my first placement so that I could see my boyfriend who lived an hour away, each week, likewise during university time. The final placement was more work, I generally had one day off a week apart from the first week of it where I worked solidly all week and all weekend. That was the hardest bit, but I got through it and again, it was fine.

    It is manageable if you can balance your time. At points you will have to make sacrifices to get the work done, but this was rare. Yes, my social life outside of my boyfriend wasn't much in existence, except during university sections of the year, but it was worth it. If you are doing FE you'll be more specialised and I imagine, although I could be wrong, you may be able to cut your working time down as the laminating and cutting of resources will probably be less and you can hand more responsibility over to the pupils. I think it is worth starting the course. You can always leave and then defer your place but from everything I have heard you cannot defer a place if you haven't yet started.
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    I start Monday Secondary Maths.

    Bit anxious about it all. Haven't even got a timetable yet! We haven't been told where our placements are either. I graduated a year ago, so I'm really out of the studying mindset, which is proving hard to regain. Spending time with the fiance and catching up on Neighbours is much more interesting, so not sure how I'm going to break this procrastination cycle! I've been trying to up my knowledge aswell (applied too late for an SKE course) but I keep making silly mistakes. Then I watched educating the east end ... and now I'm really nervous! Almost wish I could just start now.

    Don't get me wrong, I am excited. Just a very nervous excited at the mo!
 
 
 
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