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    How long can you keep hold of an offer? Awaiting for my final uni to come back to me in regards to whether I have an interview or not?
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    (Original post by charlthornh)
    has anybody got or had an interview at bedford for pgce primary??
    I had one a few weeks ago, they were really nice and relaxed
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    (Original post by Smartypantsj)
    How long can you keep hold of an offer? Awaiting for my final uni to come back to me in regards to whether I have an interview or not?
    You don't have to respond to any offers until all of you choices have given you offers/decline you (unless you want to) - then you have up to 10 days to reply to one
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    (Original post by Lauren2992)
    Yeah I've passed them both. I took them on separate days as I wanted to concentrate on each subject fully for at least a week but I know people who did them on one day to get them out of the way. Good Luck with it! Its exactly like the practise tests so you will be fine! I handed my health check and CRB in last week and they aren't sending off the CRB's until May so won't here anything until at least June i'd guess. There are some reading lists on Amazon but with the change in curriculum I don't want to buy a book which isn't relevant anymore. Feel like i'm wasting prep time sat around doing nothing!
    Just enjoy your free time, trust me, you need to start the PGCE fully rested! If you do read stuff/watch stuff/visit places, make it fun stuff that you're really interested in.. Visit museums to see what they offer for children. Read lots of childrens/teens books. Read books about childhood like novels. Watch teacher documentaries. Don't overload, just have fun and enjoy seeing your friends and family.

    Xxx

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    (Original post by womanonamission)
    It can be however it can also restrict you if you don't end up going for a job in that specialism. I.e. Having a specialism in Early years and then going for a job in Year 5.

    can i ask whether you have applied for specialism or not?
    the uni thats 10 mins from me doesnt do specialism but if i travel 40 mins more, i can do a specialism in science.

    really struggling to decide
    It completely depends on the specialism as I am doing Primary with Spanish so I learn everything so if I don't want to teach it I will have learnt everything anyway.
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    Hi all, anyone gained a place on the social Science PGCE at the IOE (institute of Education)
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    (Original post by tmanz212)

    It completely depends on the specialism as I am doing Primary with Spanish so I learn everything so if I don't want to teach it I will have learnt everything anyway.

    I was planning on doing science specialism!

    But my undergrad degree was in chemistry, so I thought there's no point in me 'specialising in science' when surely the employer could see my degree was in chemistry...
    Making me a specialist in science anyway... without needing the 'specialism title'... I don't know if that would work...
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    (Original post by womanonamission)


    no no im doing primary too! do you know whether the reputation of the uni matters to an employer?

    i'm struggling between choosing a redbrick uni with no specialism.
    or a poly with specialism!
    In my opinion I don't see what a Science specialism will do for you at primary age (just my opinion). You will have to teach the same curriculum whether you specialise in that or not, and Science is 1 of many topics that you are going to be teaching.

    I would honestly focus on getting your application in as this is very competitive. Maybe the Science specialism won't be as competitive so you may have more of a chance getting on the course quite late in the game?!

    I know I'm not really helping, just giving my opinions! Hopefully there's some food for thought.

    I would look at the percentages of past PGCE graduates on getting a job within the first 6 months. Most Unis will have that on their websites.


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    Offer from Roehampton for primary pgce :-) Also have my St Mary interview next week
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    [QUOTE=womanonamission;46252894]
    (Original post by tange03)

    In my opinion I don't see what a Science specialism will do for you at primary age (just my opinion). You will have to teach the same curriculum whether you specialise in that or not, and Science is 1 of many topics that you are going to be teaching.

    I would honestly focus on getting your application in as this is very competitive. Maybe the Science specialism won't be as competitive so you may have more of a chance getting on the course quite late in the game?!

    I know I'm not really helping, just giving my opinions! Hopefully there's some food for thought.

    I would look at the percentages of past PGCE graduates on getting a job within the first 6 months. Most Unis will have that on their websites.


    Yeah. I already had my interviews but needed to firm my offers soon!

    Decided to firm with no specialism. Hope it doesnt put me in too much of a disadvantage :/

    I did wonder really the whole point of specialising in something. No one seemed to be able to give me a definite answer about it!
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    Just got put down as "Withdrawn" for one of my choices (Newman Secondary English). When I asked why, they stated the course was full.

    1) Shouldn't they have updated it as full earlier?
    2) Why isn't my application just "Declined" instead of "Withdrawn?"
    3) Can I substitute it for another choice?

    Got an interview at Worcester on Monday, which I'm so nervous about. Especially since I haven't heard back from my other choice, so it could be my one shot.
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    (Original post by tmanz212)


    Yeah. I already had my interviews but needed to firm my offers soon!

    Decided to firm with no specialism. Hope it doesnt put me in too much of a disadvantage :/

    I did wonder really the whole point of specialising in something. No one seemed to be able to give me a definite answer about it!
    It really is a very uni based thing. Some specialisms at some unis will
    Help with some things! I did a maths specialism within my PGCE course, and it will probably help me if I want to become a maths subject leader at some point soon, and can help me sell myself as a teacher of maths. But it's not like I wouldn't be able to do it without the specialism. Some specialisms are more substantial, or specific, or give you specific experience which can really help.

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    Hi guys!

    I have an interview for IOE very soon. Any basic tips? Anyone else had an interview there? Very nervous.
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    Got an offer from Goldsmiths for PGCE Secondary Maths, now just waiting for King's to reply.
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    (Original post by MusicGirlKH)
    You don't have to respond to any offers until all of you choices have given you offers/decline you (unless you want to) - then you have up to 10 days to reply to one
    Are you sure?!?
    As I rang my third choice today and they informed me that I have to respond to offers within 10 days of the offers being sent out!!!
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    (Original post by Smartypantsj)
    Are you sure?!?
    As I rang my third choice today and they informed me that I have to respond to offers within 10 days of the offers being sent out!!!
    Music girl is right. It's ten days from receiving ALL your offers. Your uni must have misunderstood you.

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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Music girl is right. It's ten days from receiving ALL your offers. Your uni must have misunderstood you.

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    Thanks if this is the case then, I can then go to my third interview early March and decide from then (if I am successful).
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    Had my interview at Sunderland today. Not sure how it went but am trying to consider what I'd choose if stuck between a SCITT offer (which I already have) and a traditional PGCE (which I might receive). Anyone have any advice? I feel like there's a lot of confusing information out there, and if I'm offered a place at Sunderland then I don't have very long to decide.
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    (Original post by alabelle)
    Had my interview at Sunderland today. Not sure how it went but am trying to consider what I'd choose if stuck between a SCITT offer (which I already have) and a traditional PGCE (which I might receive). Anyone have any advice? I feel like there's a lot of confusing information out there, and if I'm offered a place at Sunderland then I don't have very long to decide.
    It really is a very personal thing. I know that a uni based PGCE was definitely the right option for me because I needed that support of all the other PGCE students who I have made great friends with (and still do need their support), I needed the grounding in theory and to see all the different ideas and WHY they are important, I needed the support of a variety of different tutors with different knowledge and expertise. I have gained so much from all of this and uni really helped me pull it all together and make sense of it. I feel like if I had been school based it would have limited me to picking up mostly what I've seen on placements and not being able to evaluate it as much, be kind of trained to what that school thinks rather than a more general overview. Also I'd feel very much thrown in the deep end!!!

    But all this is just me. Others will be very different. Plus, the SCITTs vary a lot... Some of them buy in to the majority of the local PGCE anyway, which makes a difference and eliminates some of the issues I mentioned above.

    Xxxxx

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    (Original post by siffatsaad)
    M quite nervous about it but have an idea to remain calm as well because one has to give the best.Try and prepare well on recent burning education topics.There a quite a few ones and are really interesting to impress at the interview....be confident and calm,don't let yourself feel nervous..i wish u super good luck.
    Plz inbox me what the interview was like,after you've had one..if u don't mind.All the best !!
    The interview went well yesterday! The staff are really nice and friendly and actually want you to do well..! the main thing is to just be yourself and engage in the groups discussion!


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