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Should I try for Oxbridge/KCL? Sincere advice needed please!

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    Hi!

    I'm an international student due to graduate with a BA(Hons) in maths and education with a first-class classification next year. However, my uni is located up North and not the most prestigious or "famous" in a sense. Which leads me to feel that my classification would be worth less than a second-class from any other big university.

    I do want to apply for a PGCE in Secondary Maths teaching but am really unsure if I should even consider a place in Oxbridge or KCL, given my circumstances. Furthermore, their fees are exorbitant and international students like myself are not covered by Gov funding or bursaries. But then again, if I hope to secure a teaching job afterwards, a PGCE from these unis would give me a much higher success rate.

    Only three options allowed for PGCE so I'm really stressed out atm. So please, if you have some thoughts or advice you can share with me, I would really appreciate it. Thank you very much.
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    I'll raise two points here @bunnies

    1) Speaking from experience, don't worry about going to an "unfashionable" uni, getting a first with your undergraduate does open doors to these unis afterwards.

    2) I have NEVER heard anyone talk about where they did the PGCE like you do with other degrees, honestly it seems a non factor for a PGCE unless you feel you will do a MA ed afterwards.
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    (Original post by S27)
    I'll raise two points here @bunnies

    1) Speaking from experience, don't worry about going to an "unfashionable" uni, getting a first with your undergraduate does open doors to these unis afterwards.

    2) I have NEVER heard anyone talk about where they did the PGCE like you do with other degrees, honestly it seems a non factor for a PGCE unless you feel you will do a MA ed afterwards.
    Thank you so much! The second point is really a welcoming thing to hear. Cheers
 
 
 
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