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    I ask this because I am currently holding an offer to do this, but have recently had some positive advancements within a field in which I'd rather work in the long run.

    After a long year of largely unpaid labour, I have been hired as a freelance writer for a magazine and have various other one off jobs lined up. I would like to pursue this at the same time as doing the PGCE so I have behind me a security job in case my preferred career path fails, and obviously to bring in a bit more income (for MFL, the incentive is £25k)

    Any advice on this? I realise that PGCEs are usually hard work, but I would like to know specifically about personal experiences, preferably at UCL.
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    No idea about UCL, but from my experience (PGCE MFL at Leicester), the workload varies a lot from week to week.

    First 6 weeks or so - university only, low workload. Higher than being an undergraduate MFL student but not bad. 3.5-4.5 days at uni, not that much work to do in the evenings/at weekends.

    Placement 1 - workload hell. Not in the swing of things yet so planning and resourcing a single one-hour lesson can easily take 4 hours.

    Back in uni for a few weeks in around February - a nice break. Think there was a an assignment at this point, but the academic aspect of the course was pretty easy compared to my undergraduate degree, to be honest.

    Placement 2 - started really hard (teaching 67% of an NQT timetable whereas placement 1 was 50%) but by the end it seemed much easier as I could plan a lesson in about an hour by this point. Then the last few weeks saw a drop in contact hours to tie up all the paperwork and complete a final assignment. I'd say April/May were much easier than the earlier part of the course, despite teaching quite a lot of lessons.

    If your freelance work is very flexible you might be able to manage some still. But I'd recommend that you avoid taking on any commitments that have a strict deadline at a time when you're on placement.
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    (Original post by myrtille)
    No idea about UCL, but from my experience (PGCE MFL at Leicester), the workload varies a lot from week to week.

    First 6 weeks or so - university only, low workload. Higher than being an undergraduate MFL student but not bad. 3.5-4.5 days at uni, not that much work to do in the evenings/at weekends.

    Placement 1 - workload hell. Not in the swing of things yet so planning and resourcing a single one-hour lesson can easily take 4 hours.

    Back in uni for a few weeks in around February - a nice break. Think there was a an assignment at this point, but the academic aspect of the course was pretty easy compared to my undergraduate degree, to be honest.

    Placement 2 - started really hard (teaching 67% of an NQT timetable whereas placement 1 was 50%) but by the end it seemed much easier as I could plan a lesson in about an hour by this point. Then the last few weeks saw a drop in contact hours to tie up all the paperwork and complete a final assignment. I'd say April/May were much easier than the earlier part of the course, despite teaching quite a lot of lessons.

    If your freelance work is very flexible you might be able to manage some still. But I'd recommend that you avoid taking on any commitments that have a strict deadline at a time when you're on placement.
    Thanks for the detailed reply!

    Overall, would you say that you enjoyed the PGCE and are you enjoying teaching, if that's what you do now?
 
 
 
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