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Iloveawaygames
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Anybody done a PGCE or got any info about it. I've heard these courses have the tuition fees payed by your local LEA. Plus, you get a "wage" of £6000 grand whilst you train.

I'm thinking of doing a PGCE Primary school course do you think my grades and/or subject(s) will count against me?

GCSEs = virtually all Cs just two Bs. (pretty poor GCSEs wish I'd worked properly)
A-levels = English A Law B History C
Degree = Political Science 2:1 (not very national curriculum based though I'm sure I could spin it a bit).

Also planning to do two weeks work experience in a school next summer and apply next autumn. Do you think this will compensate for my degree?
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Iloveawaygames
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jeezzzzzzz, maybe I should post this in the general fourm. There's got to be somebody who's done a PGCE on here somewhere. :eek:
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(Original post by Iloveawaygames)
Anybody done a PGCE or got any info about it. I've heard these courses have the tuition fees payed by your local LEA. Plus, you get a "wage" of £6000 grand whilst you train.

I'm thinking of doing a PGCE Primary school course do you think my grades and/or subject(s) will count against me?

GCSEs = virtually all Cs just two Bs. (pretty poor GCSEs wish I'd worked properly)
A-levels = English A Law B History C
Degree = Political Science 2:1 (not very national curriculum based though I'm sure I could spin it a bit).

Also planning to do two weeks work experience in a school next summer and apply next autumn. Do you think this will compensate for my degree?
You have to at least have 2 weeks work experience in your age group and be warned its very competitive now and you'll be expected to at least have a 2.1. Also the job market isnt great for NVQ teachers unless your down south and in inner cities. You've got the bonuses right and you could specialise in teaching english cause you have it at a-level
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MissCurious
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If I were you I'd get some more teaching related experience too. My friend started a PGCE this week and all his new colleagues have done lots of work experience. If it were me I would try to go to at least a couple of different schools- you'll learn more about how the same stuff is taught differently and you'll see new things, then you can compare and contrast this in your interview maybe. Also try to do some teaching with kids to make sure you can work with them- then you'll be able to confidently talk about this. You could take part in reading schemes or sports after school clubs. If you do this for quite a while it also demonstrates your commitment. And make sure you do lots of reading- of the TES and Tues Guardian and of the established literature.
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