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    What do you need to do before applying for a PGCE?
    And what actually happens after you apply?


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    Pretty competitive. However, shortage subjects may be less so and generally attract more funding. These are usually subjects like Maths, Physics, etc.

    A successful application will result in an interview.
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    What do you need to have before applying, what qualifications, experience and things like that?


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    You need:-

    • GCSE English & Maths at C or above (as well as GCSE Science at C or above if you are wishing to teach primary)
    • A-Levels, or an equivalent that will get you in to the uni/degree you wish to go to/do
    • A degree, usually with a 2:1 or higher, though some accept 2:2s, if you are looking at postgraduate teacher training like a PGCE, Schools Direct or TeachFirst. There are also some undergraduate teaching degrees, mainly primary ones but there are a few secondary ones about, that will allow you to do your degree and teacher training/QTS all in one go/as one degree. You don't need a degree for those ones, as you'll be getting it at the same time.
    • Most teaching courses suggest at least 10 days of experience in schools at the relevant age range or subject, and within the last 12 months. This isn't really enough though, this is usually the bare minimum and you should get as much as you possibly can. You're also allowed to "use" other relevant experience, for example working at a youth club or youth charity, or as a child minder etc., but this can't take the place of at least some actual classroom experience. Basically there's no such thing as too much experience, and you can use any related or relevant experience for example teaching English as a second language abroad and things like that, but you'll still usually need some classroom experience. I think one of the top 3 reasons for rejections is lack of experience/not enough experience.


    Hope that helps, I wrote it really quickly, hopefully people can add to it or amend it should they see fit.

    Good luck
 
 
 
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