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    Hi everyone,

    I'll be preparing my application this summer for entrance in 2011. At the moment I'm undertaking my research and I just hoped that you would be able to answer some queries that I have:

    1. GTTR for secondary allow 5 choices? Is this process like UCAS where all of your applications are sent to institutions, or do you put them in a list of preference and the first is sent, if declined the second is sent etc?

    2. Can you apply for both primary and secondary or only one? I believe that primary applicants do not have as many choices as their secondary counterparts.

    3. I have seen a 7-14yrs PGCE that I am quite interested in. However, I do have reservations regarding this: Upon qualification, would a school really be interested in employing you when you can't teach GCSE? Any thoughts on this are appreciated

    4. I don't have grade C at Science. I have noticed that some Universities offer equivalency tests, does anyone know anything about the content of these tests and when you take them?

    Many Thanks in advance Good luck to everyone applying/starting PGCE this year!
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    Hi everyone,

    I'll be preparing my application this summer for entrance in 2011. At the moment I'm undertaking my research and I just hoped that you would be able to answer some queries that I have:

    1. GTTR for secondary allow 5 choices? Is this process like UCAS where all of your applications are sent to institutions, or do you put them in a list of preference and the first is sent, if declined the second is sent etc?

    2. Can you apply for both primary and secondary or only one? I believe that primary applicants do not have as many choices as their secondary counterparts.

    3. I have seen a 7-14yrs PGCE that I am quite interested in. However, I do have reservations regarding this: Upon qualification, would a school really be interested in employing you when you can't teach GCSE? Any thoughts on this are appreciated

    4. I don't have grade C at Science. I have noticed that some Universities offer equivalency tests, does anyone know anything about the content of these tests and when you take them?

    Many Thanks in advance Good luck to everyone applying/starting PGCE this year!
    1. You put them in order of preference. If your 1st choice is rejected it only then gets sent on to your 2nd choice and so on.

    2. You can only have 2 primary course applications ongoing at any one time. As far as I know, there are no rules against applying for primary and secondary courses at the same time although it would be difficult trying to tailor your experience and PS to both and it may look a bit non-committal.

    Don't know enough about the other Q's sorry.
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    (Original post by doingmybest)
    Hi everyone,

    I'll be preparing my application this summer for entrance in 2011. At the moment I'm undertaking my research and I just hoped that you would be able to answer some queries that I have:

    1. GTTR for secondary allow 5 choices? Is this process like UCAS where all of your applications are sent to institutions, or do you put them in a list of preference and the first is sent, if declined the second is sent etc?

    2. Can you apply for both primary and secondary or only one? I believe that primary applicants do not have as many choices as their secondary counterparts.

    3. I have seen a 7-14yrs PGCE that I am quite interested in. However, I do have reservations regarding this: Upon qualification, would a school really be interested in employing you when you can't teach GCSE? Any thoughts on this are appreciated

    4. I don't have grade C at Science. I have noticed that some Universities offer equivalency tests, does anyone know anything about the content of these tests and when you take them?

    Many Thanks in advance Good luck to everyone applying/starting PGCE this year!
    1. Your application is sent to your first choice, then if rejected/you choose not to study at this uni, they will then send it to your second choice and so on.

    2. I don't think there is any kind of rule that states you are not allowed to apply for both, but remember you are only allowed one personal statement which needs to be as specific/detailed as possible about your experiences. To be honest, you don't have a great deal of space, so you should consider that when applying.

    4. Are you able to perhaps enrol on a GCSE Science course over 2010/2011? That way, you won't have to worry about doing an equivilency test (should you pass! )

    I must say you do seem very prepared/organised though, and so soon, which is great Good luck!
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    (Original post by doingmybest)
    3. I have seen a 7-14yrs PGCE that I am quite interested in. However, I do have reservations regarding this: Upon qualification, would a school really be interested in employing you when you can't teach GCSE? Any thoughts on this are appreciated
    I am wandering around here looking for 2013 entry I will either do a PGCE or a journalism postgrad diploma..

    I was also looking at the 7-14 PGCE... you would still be able to teach 11-14 year olds or 7-11 year olds in secondary or primary school so I do not really see how it would be a problem - you wouldn't be able to teach all the years anyway. There are *some* areas with middle schools but not many nowdays.

    I am looking at an English 7-14 PGCE btw. Are you looking to specialise in a subject?
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    GCSE Science is only a prerequisite for Primary!
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    Don't apply for both Primary and Secondary as you might well end up with neither. Make a decision about which phase you want to teach. If you are unsure, get into both types of school and get some experience until you can make up your mind.

    A 7-14 PGCE along with every other primary or secondary PGCEs qualifies you to teach ANY phase at all.
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    Hi everyone,

    Thank you for all of your helpful replies thus far.

    Regarding the GCSE Science: Yes, I'm aware that it's only needed for Primary, but it's also a pre requisite for the 7-14 stream. I have considered taking a GCSE via distance learning, but as I'll be in my final degree year, I think that it might be too much to take on. I don't want my degree to suffer for the sake for the sake of a GCSE, since there are other ways around it!

    I figured that everyone would also advise me to choose my stream prior to applying and I agree! I'd be able to make my personal statement much stronger for a start. I suppose this is where I am thinking that the 7-14 course would be useful, to still give me that option. I've experience in class 1 and reception - that I didn't enjoy at all to be honest! I'd be interested in upper Primary, however, there is a nagging in the back of my head that I'd be better suited to Secondary (and most people I meet think I'd be better suited to it too!) I'm taking part in the Student Associates Scheme in the summer term (Secondary), so I am hoping that this will confirm the path that I choose to take.

    That's interesting to hear regarding the 7-14 strand -that you're able to teach any phase! My main concern I suppose was being looked at as having a PGCE where by I couldn't decide which phase to teach (!) and also I was worried that it'd halt me with regards to leadership roles; by this I mean, not being qualified to teach 14-16 (even 18 in my area) would halt me ever being Head of History for example (of course I mean in a few years time). I assumed that employers would look at my teaching experience and qualification, then not be so confident in putting me in a role that I was not qualified for, but your comment changes things. Is that definite? Why do they bother naming a phase in the qualification if it's not the case :/

    Wow Polka_dott - 2013!! There was me thinking that I was planning early ;D I'll be specialising in History if I decide to go down the Secondary route

    Thank you everyone for your help this far
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    Just out of interest, considering that the 7-14 strand is a fairly new course and is offered by just one institution (I think), how would one construct a personal statement for it? Would it be adequate to concentrate on education and teaching skills without applying them to examples to show what age group one is applying for? I mean, I wouldn't be silly enough to apply for just one course, I'd probably back this up with Secondary choices too
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    I would really appreciate it if people could post advice and suggest ways that I could construct my personal statement to include one Middle Years course (as first choice) and the remainder as Secondary years (including a secondary application for the same University where I'll be applying for Middle Years)

    Many Thanks in advance!
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    Sorry to take over your parade here but I want to apply for PGCE Primary Education (ks1 and ks2) for 2013, when would you advise I start applying? I'm in 1st year of Uni doing English Language and Literature at the moment but I already know what I want to do in the future (had it planned for years) so when would you recommend I start organising? Also, I don't know much about applying/what you do to apply for a pgce so any help or information would be appreciated
    I have a work experience placement in a primary school for June this year, a job interview for a kids club for the 6 week hols, I'm a cub leader and I hope to do one day a week work experience for 3 months in a primary school when I go back to uni. Is this enough experience do you think? Thank you!

    E - please quote me when/if you reply
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    (Original post by Jennie027)
    I want to apply for PGCE Primary Education (ks1 and ks2) for 2013, when would you advise I start applying?
    If you want to start a PGCE in September 2013 you will need to submit your application when the application cycle opens towards the end of 2012.
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    (Original post by mypsuedonym)
    If you want to start a PGCE in September 2013 you will need to submit your application when the application cycle opens towards the end of 2012.
    Thank you
 
 
 
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