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Hi.

Just wondering if anybody has applied for/completed the English PGCE course have not come from a traditional Lit background? My undergraduate degree will be in English Language and Linguistics. I know some universities are more than happy to take people who haven't done any literature as part of their UG degree course but have an English background still, but I was just wondering how people found the application process, or how you found the transition to getting back into literature...

I'm worried that I'll have forgotten how secondary school kids study lit...
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eeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrr

I don't see a problem. I studied "English Studies" and got on a PGCE (my course was wide in terms of coverage). Language and Linguistics should be fine too (theoretically). I'd actually argue that you are far more suited to a PGCE than a typical English Lit. grad. on the grounds that linguistics deals with technical elements hidden from most lit. grads. Ideal for primary and secondary.

Power to the people!!!!!!!
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eeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrr

I don't see a problem. I studied "English Studies" and got on a PGCE (my course was wide in terms of coverage). Language and Linguistics should be fine too (theoretically). I'd actually argue that you are far more suited to a PGCE than a typical English Lit. grad. on the grounds that linguistics deals with technical elements hidden from most lit. grads. Ideal for primary and secondary.

Power to the people!!!!!!!

Excellent, I'll be sure to let my admissions tutors know.

I think part of the problem is I've got out of reading literature for pleasure thanks to being so flipping busy all the time, which is something I'll have to get pupils out of the habit of doing too. I'll feel a right hypocrite, hah. But yes, I do also hope my knowledge of language will equally be a benefit in applying and training too.
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That is exactly what i'm thinking. I want to do English secondary, and i do a linguistics course. But i am doing a short course in Shakespeare with Open Uni, and i read classics and modern classics a lot, so hopefully i'll be alright. Let me know how your app goes, as i've got another year yet before applying.
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Good luck to both of you and I'm sure you will do fine. Esp. if you take an extra course with the open university.
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Esp. if you take an extra course with the open university.

Bugger.

Hehe, I'll give it a shot without it first...
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Bugger.

Hehe, I'll give it a shot without it first...
I'm sure you will be fine without that too!
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corset! now!
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i knew this would happen!
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Some universities like you to have 50%+ of your course dealing with the subject that you're hoping to do a PGCE in. (Nottingham does for one.) So yeah, you should be fine! Good luck!
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I'm not concerned about Language/Linguistics being enough to get in. Not every university that offers English PGCE is happy with it, but I've found a list of institutions that do and picked a few interesting ones from there.

I'm more concerned with the personal issue of getting back into lit really.

Thanks though.
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