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    (Original post by version1234)
    Thank you for the advice Colin, it's much appreciated. I need to send my application in this week (I'm paranoid I'm now so late in submitting it!), but I don't think they'll ask for a transcript as I'm applying to the University I attended. But you never know!
    I received a letter asking for a copy of my transcript about a week after my UCAS submission. Just a quick scan and off it went by email.

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    (Original post by Hades112)
    That might be a tad harsh. UHI is the newest Uni and is still learning. The PDGE courses are also new but if you just want to qualify you might benefit from having less competition. Its only 9 months after all and you still get GTC registered. In 10 years time no-one is going to care where you qualified as you will all be on the same level.

    As to the reputation - well college by college this can vary. Inverness is poor, Moray is good but Perth is shocking in my own personal experience.
    I do get your point, perhaps I'm being harsh, but UHI isn't even really a university. It's just several colleges lumped together so students that don't want to leave the Highlands or those who want to go there can. It's a shame there isn't much variety.
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    (Original post by ShannyMorrison)
    I do get your point, perhaps I'm being harsh, but UHI isn't even really a university. It's just several colleges lumped together so students that don't want to leave the Highlands or those who want to go there can. It's a shame there isn't much variety.
    I am now intrigued. What level of variety do you wish. Other Uni's specialise in certain areas so there would be little point in duplicating effort carried out else where. Many other Universities also started out as multiple colleges albeit over a much smaller geographic area.

    The argument that you didn't go to a real university and therefore you don't have a real degree is not one that will sit well with UHI graduates. Two students I helped mentor over the past couple of years have both since graduated from Aberdeen as teachers and are doing well. In my life I have met many graduates from prestigious Uni's and have found them to be particularly mediocre/mundane employees. Its the person that counts not the Uni.

    Anyway UHI only offers Primary PDGE secondary in Science, English, Domestic Science and Technology. The only subjects they are permitted to deliver by the Government. Other subjects may come on board next year as I know there are shortages appearing at schools all over Grampian and the Highlands.
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    I've just sent off my application for the PGDE (Primary) for Edinburgh University. I'm currently doing my honours year degree and I'm expected to get a first, but, like most of you, I'm worried I don't have enough classroom experience. I currently spend two days a week working in a primary school, and have done for about six weeks. I'm worried they're going to think I've only done the experience for the application which isn't true. :/ Otherwise I feel my application is strong, but the classroom experience does seem to be the most important part of the application.
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    (Original post by illuminalien)
    I've just sent off my application for the PGDE (Primary) for Edinburgh University. I'm currently doing my honours year degree and I'm expected to get a first, but, like most of you, I'm worried I don't have enough classroom experience. I currently spend two days a week working in a primary school, and have done for about six weeks. I'm worried they're going to think I've only done the experience for the application which isn't true. :/ Otherwise I feel my application is strong, but the classroom experience does seem to be the most important part of the application.
    Great news about sending in your application! I'm sure the University would be happy to see you're doing work experience even if it was just for the application - it shows you know it would be beneficial if you were to get onto the degree and that you are willing to get the experience you need
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    Hi I sent my application for PGDE Secondary History, I have over 50 hours classroom experience with the age group and subject , I've worked at summer camps abroad for 4 months in total , and I assist in the local senior section at Girl Guides. Hopefully that's enough experience! I have a 2:1 BA honours degree in history , GCSE grade B maths . I've applied at Edinburgh, Glasgow and Strathclyde , I was just wondering what to expect at the interview stage if I even get that far and when do they normally start interviews I applied at the end of September so I'm eagerly waiting.
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    I only interviewed at Aberdeen, but I'm led to believe that Glasgow at least do group interviews where you're teamed up with some other applicants and are given a team building exercise - tower out of spaghetti type things or prepare a presentation and you're watched to find out the leaders, followers, listeners etc. Then you have an individual interview where they ask your opinion on current teach practices, view on CfE or what have you took the most from your classroom time and difficulties faced. They look for you to quote websites, journals and books that you have studied for the interview.
    Good luck and hope you hear soon.
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    Hi I'm wondering if anyone has any idea of the current teaching timetable for PGDE Primary, I am contemplating keeping on my job if the hours suit ( I currently work Fridays and Saturdays, any help would be much appreciated, thanks
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    Hey guys,
    I applied to Strathclyde, Glasgow, UWS and Edinburgh for chemistry. I got invited to interview for UWS in December. I know the interview is split into 2 parts. A brief presentation and then an individual interview. Has anyone been through this and have an advice they could give?
    Thanks in advance!
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    I'm about to send off my application for biology PGDE, I'm delayed Due to my reference. Does anyone know if I'm too late? As I am aware that Biology closes earlier than most. I'm applying To 5 Scottish universities and have experience of teaching in a classroom as well as 2 summers doing camp America. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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    (Original post by ClaireC409)
    I'm about to send off my application for biology PGDE, I'm delayed Due to my reference. Does anyone know if I'm too late? As I am aware that Biology closes earlier than most. I'm applying To 5 Scottish universities and have experience of teaching in a classroom as well as 2 summers doing camp America. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
    The deadline date for PGDE is 15th Jan 2017 and Uni's review and accept all applications in by this date. You can submit later but no guarantee your application will be reviewed. Hope this helps.
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    Hello! I am keen to get onto the PGDE Primary next August in Edinburgh. However, I still don't have any classroom experience due to the time it's taken to get my employer to let me have a day off.
    Does anyone know if I have any chance of getting in if, say, I only manage to get a few weeks in, at one day a week, before the middle of January?
    I am a more mature student with a child, which I guess gives me some experience, but I realise how important the classroom experience is too.
    I'm worried I've left it too late. However, worst case scenario is I get a full year's worth of experience and apply the following year!
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    Hey Guys,

    I have an interview for Glasgow uni - Primary PGDE on 19th Dec - anyone here heard back yet and going?!

    Very excited but super nervous! At least I have some time to prepare for it!!
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    Hi guys has anyone received any replies or interview offers from any universities for primary ? And if so when did u guys apply??
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    Hi Guys,

    I sent my application yesterday and I'm applying to PGDE Primary at Strathclyde, Glasgow and UWS. Im currently in 4th year at Strathclyde studying Politics and passed my ordinary degree with first class marks and am predicted to achieve a first class honours degree also. I have an A at higher english and C at higher maths. I also have been volunteering 8 hours per week in a primary school since august and did 6 months voluntary work in a secondary school previously. However i am worried that I wont be accepted since my reference is from a head teacher rather than an academic reference? Also, what can i expect at interview stage should i be accepted?

    Good luck everyone!!
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    (Original post by Ruks_xo)
    Hi guys has anyone received any replies or interview offers from any universities for primary ? And if so when did u guys apply??
    I have an interview for Aberdeen and a lot of people have heard from Glasgow. I applied on 30th of October
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    Hey folks,

    I am applying for the PGDE Secondary, however I was only able to organise classroom experience recently and I have a week organised for mid-way through December, I do already have other experience working with kids outwith a classroom though. On-top of that the person I've asked to write my reference is unlikely to have it finished until the end of December. I am normally the type of person to get things done as soon as I am able so leaving the application this late is freaking me out somewhat, so what I was wanting to know was does submitting my application at the end of December disadvantage me in regards to getting onto the course as I know a fair few of you have interview dates already?

    Thanks in advance.
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    (Original post by JodieL101)
    I have an interview for Aberdeen and a lot of people have heard from Glasgow. I applied on 30th of October
    Hey! have you had your interview for aberdeen yet? i have mine next week and would really appreciate any info/advice you could offer! x
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    (Original post by Parzival2)
    Hey folks,

    I am applying for the PGDE Secondary, however I was only able to organise classroom experience recently and I have a week organised for mid-way through December, I do already have other experience working with kids outwith a classroom though. On-top of that the person I've asked to write my reference is unlikely to have it finished until the end of December. I am normally the type of person to get things done as soon as I am able so leaving the application this late is freaking me out somewhat, so what I was wanting to know was does submitting my application at the end of December disadvantage me in regards to getting onto the course as I know a fair few of you have interview dates already?

    Thanks in advance.
    It shouldn't put you at too much of a disadvantage. UCAS is open until the 15th of January and the do interview people who hand it in up until that point. The only thing is you don't get the interviews out of the way as early as possible. It also can depend on the department, most of the interviews mentioned in this thread have been science related ones. If you apply for English for example they might not start scheduling interviews until the middle of December.

    On top of that you should get a response fairly quickly, the waiting is killing me haha
    I wouldn't worry about it too much and good luck!
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    (Original post by nicolemuirhead)
    Hey! have you had your interview for aberdeen yet? i have mine next week and would really appreciate any info/advice you could offer! x
    Hi Nicole,

    No I have mines on Tuesday at 11:30am
 
 
 
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