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    Hi everyone

    Let me give you some background on my situation. I am a final year undergraduate student, and am about to get my results soon. I have applied to do a PGCE course for secondary Biology at UCL and have got the conditional offer. In terms of my experience, I have spent some time being a supervisor at a summer camp, Saturday school, and Winter camp. I also spent a whole academic year tutoring A-level Biology students (1.5 hrs a week).

    I am a bit ambivalent as to whether I should accept the offer in the coming days or if I should take a gap year and get more experience in a paid environment (e.g. teaching assistant, or paid tutor). I don't want to be shocked when I start the course in September, and want to go into the course with full confidence.

    Any other ideas on how I would build up my teacher experience during the gap year?

    Thank you

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    Take a gap year and live a little. You have only just left school. A bit of life experience will make you a much better teacher!
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    Hey man, thanks for the reply. Yeah I partially agree with you, a gap year would help me relax a little and develop better grounding before becoming a teacher. I could also search for masters whilst doing so, which means I have plenty of opportunities available.
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    Get the PGCE done and out the way. Shows you are committed, and funding options may change.

    If you take a gap year and decide you want to teach, then you are a year behind.

    If you take the pgce place and drop out then it wasnt for you and you havent wasted a year out as a TA for nothing. You have also only wasted 1 year, not 2, if you do drop out of the PGCE.


    If you do your PGCE and QTS you can always take a gap year then when you have qualified.

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