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    Sorry if this is a long post but here goes.
    From an early age I wanted to be a teacher but because both my parents were teachers they put me off the idea. My dad still teaches now but my mum doesn't as she didn't go back to work after my sister was born 15 years ago. Basically I got it out of my head and decided to do A-levels in Psychology, Sociology, General Studies and an ASVCE ICT. I struggled through them for various reasons (I had good predicted grades and I do have 10 GCSE's: 1A and 9B's) and didn't get very good grades..I got CCCD so I didn't get into my first choice of Psychology at Sheffield Hallam in 2005. When they offered me the chance to go there and do Criminology and Psychology I jumped at the chance but sadly looking back probably for the wrong reasons. I didn't completed the degree and wasted 2 years of my life basically apart from getting much needed life experience away from my parents. :mad:

    I know I definitely want to be a teacher and I plan to go to University starting in 2009. I'm currently waiting for my CRB check so I can start voluntary work 5 days a week in the local primary school until the summer holidays. This is already sorted and I'm applying for teaching assistant roles that start in September...already had 1 interview and got another few coming up. Anyway...I'm undecided about which route to take. My preferred route would be a 3 year degree with QTS..so hopefully I'll get an offer from one of the Uni's I'm hoping to apply to. I went to the Bishop Grosseteste open day yesterday and liked the place plus I'm looking at York St John, Sheff Hallam (again) and Northampton. I ideally want to be near to my sister who lives in Leeds. I moved away from Leeds last July to move in with my partner in Ipswich. Unfortunately because of this I have no contact with my mum (basically she isn't speaking to me at all and doesn't want to see me again) and don't get to see my dad very often. This affects my finance application as my parents aren't prepared to assist in anyway so I'm hoping the finance stuff can be sorted from the income of my partner. Could be a problem I know but that's another story.

    Part of me wants to go ahead and apply for the 3 year degree which will be tough I know. I've got a friend who has just finished hers at York St John. I've done the whole Uni thing social life going out every night getting drunk etc etc and now I want to settle down and succeed which I didn't do before. I've got the full support of my partner (we're going to be moving up together and renting) and he's delighted I want to go back to Uni...as my dad is even if it's for teaching!

    As I'm going to be getting 2 years of funding (I've been saving money up and will do from my teaching assistant wage thanks to support from my partner) I don't want to do a degree and then a PGCE as it will mean more expense because of the extra year. However, I really liked the sound of the Joint Honours Degree in Main Subject and Education Studies + PGCE which I had a talk about yesterday and the BG open day. Obviously this would take 4 years but it sounded like I could cope with that more than the 3 year QTS primary education degree. I'm so needing some comments and advice from people on here!!!

    Really sorry for the long post.

    Gem x
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    Hi,

    I'm a student at Bishop Grosseteste and I've just finished my 2nd year in Education Studies with Theology.

    Firstly I'll explain my reasons for coming to this university. I had gone to the open days at BG, York St John and Newman and had different vibes from all of them. I hated Newman instantly, the college just didn't feel right however the course I looked at seemed really good. I could see myself not coping there though. With York St John I found the whole open day one big mess! There was a complete lack of organisation within the whole establishment. When I arrived at the BG open day I felt right at home. There was a welcoming vibe there and I liked the idea of being a small institution.

    I chose the Education Studies and Specialist Subject course all to do with the fact that if I no longer wanted to be a teacher (which I do at present) then I had either my Education Studies degree or Specialist Subject degree to fall back on. With this degree you also get the chance to experience both primary, secondary and SEN settings through placements. This I find is so helpful, supporting and gives you the added confidence you may need. You also have fantastic support from tutors and the Students Union. If they do not respond to queries the same day they will within the next 2 days.

    On the otherhand there is the Primary Education with QTS degree which is also very good. I currently live with 2 studnets on this course who absolutley love it. It is a very hard working course (not that the other isn't) due to more time spent on placement and teaching your own lessons. So there is all the planning as well as university assignments to do.

    I understand your concern towards the money issue. If you have any queries then I suggest you contact Phil Davis ( [email protected] ) who is head of Student Support and can answer all your questions.

    Anymore information you need please just ask me.

    Freefos88
    (Education Studies and Theology, 2006-2009, BGUC)
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    Thanks. I felt the same as you regarding Newman for the open day and then Bishop Grosseteste. I've always liked Lincoln as a place anyway!

    I'm unsure whether to go for Primary Education with QTS or Education Studies and Sport.

    Thanks for the info! x
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    It seems the more I look at/read about the education studies with sport course, the more I want to do that even thought I'm 99% sure I want to be a teacher!
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    I would do your degree and then apply for a GTP in a school; you get paid and you can be based wherever is convinient for you and your partner. only problem is that you are not qualified outside of the UK.
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    I've decided to go for the primary education 3 year degree. I think I am capable of doing well so I'm going to go for it. York St John really impressed me at the open day so that will be my first choice so hope I get an offer!
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    GTP definitely doesn't qualify you to teach outside of the UK?
    I didn't realise that :eek:
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    Me neither and that's a definite option in the future.
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    I've decided to apply for the primary education courses for definite. Got my 5 options and I've started my personal statement.
    Applying to: York St John University: Primary Education (5-11), Sheffield Hallam University: Primary Education with QTS, Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln: Primary Range, The University of Huddersfield: Early Primary Education (with QTS) and University of Wolverhampton: Primary School Teaching leading to QTS.
 
 
 
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