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    Hey guys,

    thinking of doing PGCE for teaching in a primary school just wondering if I am still able to apply?

    I graduated this year with a 2:1 in Bsc Psychology. In terms of experience I did 30 hours of helping in a primary school in 2007 for my welsh bacc which involved reading with the children and helping them read, helping with ICT work, playing games.

    I haven't done any recent experience though.

    Just wondering if I would have a chance getting on the course for sept next year?

    Thanks for any help with this!! Really appreciated!
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    (Original post by welshpenguin)
    Hey guys,

    thinking of doing PGCE for teaching in a primary school just wondering if I am still able to apply?

    I graduated this year with a 2:1 in Bsc Psychology. In terms of experience I did 30 hours of helping in a primary school in 2007 for my welsh bacc which involved reading with the children and helping them read, helping with ICT work, playing games.

    I haven't done any recent experience though.

    Just wondering if I would have a chance getting on the course for sept next year?

    Thanks for any help with this!! Really appreciated!
    Primary applications close earlier than secondary ones; in fact, they close in a week or two's time so if you want any chance of starting a PGCE next year then you should apply now!
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    Unfortunately, I think the majority of applications for Primary PGCE courses will have closed by now. Most university based courses closed on the 1st December, and my local SCITT scheme closed on the 3rd December. It might be worth looking into ITT providers and asking if they will accept late applications. It's very competitive though and a lot of people will have applied early, so you'll have to be prepared for the fact there may be no places left.

    Your experience sounds fine but I'd recommend getting some more to show your commitment to teaching.
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    As has been said, most unis won't accept any more late applications, so you should contact the unis individually and see. As for your experience, it needs to be more recent than that really I'm afraid - unis will want to see experience in at least the last couple of years
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    (Original post by xKTx)
    As has been said, most unis won't accept any more late applications, so you should contact the unis individually and see. As for your experience, it needs to be more recent than that really I'm afraid - unis will want to see experience in at least the last couple of years
    Why did you neg me?
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    well for one, the info you gave was incorrect. And for another, you negged me in another thread and I can't for the life see why you had any reason to do so
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    (Original post by evantej)
    Why did you neg me?
    because what you've said is wrong?

    Primary applications closed on December 1st so they don't have another few weeks to submit their application at all. Perhaps you're thinking of the UCAS deadline on 15th Jan 2011 for undergraduate applications? GTTR is much earlier
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    (Original post by xKTx)
    well for one, the info you gave was incorrect. And for another, you negged me in another thread and I can't for the life see why you had any reason to do so
    No it was not. It is up to the universities themselves if they want to reject applications are the beginning of December, and I imagine that, even though the OP's experience is from years ago, they still have more than some applicants, and they almost certainly have a better degree classification too.

    I do not really use the education forum so I cannot remember negging you so I cannot comment on that.
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    This stream of misinformation is not helpful evantej.
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    If you are applying for primary teaching courses, we must receive your application by this date to guarantee that we can send it to your first choice training provider for consideration. After 1 December training providers can choose to stop receiving applications for primary teaching courses.
    (GTTR's emphasis is in bold)
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    (Original post by evantej)
    It is up to the universities themselves if they want to reject applications are the beginning of December
    The equal consideration deadline was December 1st and for general primary PGCEs (ie: not early years or MFL) there are very very few providers who will accept applications after this date. GTTR search isn't actually representative of the number of universities still accepting applications as they can take weeks to formally tell GTTR to put them as no vacancies as after 1st December it is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the universities before applying.

    Even with that technicality compensated for in your post, I fail to see which deadline you're alluding to in 1 or 2 weeks time as there simply is not one because the only deadline has passed.
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    (Original post by oxymoronic)
    The equal consideration deadline was December 1st and for general primary PGCEs (ie: not early years or MFL) there are very very few providers who will accept applications after this date. GTTR search isn't actually representative of the number of universities still accepting applications as they can take weeks to formally tell GTTR to put them as no vacancies as after 1st December it is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the universities before applying.

    Even with that technicality compensated for in your post, I fail to see which deadline you're alluding to in 1 or 2 weeks time as there simply is not one because the only deadline has passed.
    My first post was wrong; I thought GTTR had pushed back the deadline because of the earlier delays in the application stage. However, that does not change the fact that some providers will still accept applications after the 'deadline', and that my suggestion of getting an application in fast as possible. You lot make it sound as if the OP has no change whatsoever, and that is simply not true, especially with the funding issue still to be resolved. In fact, the TDA have asked providers to contact them if they want more places (i.e. to take on 'high calibre candidates').
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    (Original post by evantej)
    My first post was wrong; I thought GTTR had pushed back the deadline because of the earlier delays in the application stage. However, that does not change the fact that some providers will still accept applications after the 'deadline', and that my suggestion of getting an application in fast as possible. You lot make it sound as if the OP has no change whatsoever, and that is simply not true, especially with the funding issue still to be resolved. In fact, the TDA have asked providers to contact them if they want more places (i.e. to take on 'high calibre candidates').
    At what point did I say they have no chance? Their chances for a general primary PGCE are slim, yes, because like I said, most universities adhere to the equal consideration deadline as they have too many applications by the 1st December. There will certainly be places available on primary MFL and early years PGCEs as these are more specialised so tend to have vacancies for longer, MFL having vacancies until July for the last two years, meaning in relation to courses such as secondary history, the prospects are good for primary PGCE applicants if you're willing to diversify a wee bit with your subject choice.

    However, you can not go around telling people they still have time to get an application in when the reality is universities do not have to accept it. This is what I assume KT was responding to with her neg rep as whatever way you look at it, the information you gave was incorrect both factually in terms of the GTTR application dates and also, in terms of the realities of what actually happens post 1st December. As someone who is a current, secondary English applicant I wouldn't expect you to have any experience of applying for a primary PGCE so your response here was always going to be limited in terms of the information you could provide even if you had got your basic facts right. This is why your post was negged, there wasn't anything of actual help to a primary PGCE applicant.
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    Thanks for the replies everyone, really appreciate it.

    Where I wanted to apply for has no vacancies so you guys we're right so I am thinking of applying in September to start next year which is for the best anyway because it gives me time to decide if I really want to do this. I spoke to my old primary teacher recently who has told me I can get experience in her primary school and she will write me a reference, I was just wondering if I get experience in feb will that be ok to use on my application for September?
 
 
 
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