Cambridge, Roehampton or UCL (IOE)? (Primary PGCE) Watch
After both interview days, I felt more comfortable at Roehampton (staff and environment were more relatable). I also live in London so economically it will be easier for me to stay at home if I choose Roehampton. Roehampton also have placement schools in London unlike Cambridge. The course structure is also appealing.
However, I recognise the 'prestige' and potential benefits of attending Cambridge. Also, it might be good for me to move away from London to have a different experience. Does being a Cambridge Primary PGCE graduate compared with UCL or Roehampton give one a special edge? I'm not sure.
UCL is a top institution but after my interview day I was not that enthusiastic and couldn't really picture myself going there, even though it is a London based uni. Would it be a mistake to turn down UCL who are world renowned for education?
As you can see I am swaying more towards Roehampton but I am a bit stuck as both Cambridge and UCL are great universities too. The Primary PGCE course will only be 9 months long for whatever uni I choose.
I have spoken to a feee friends that are teachers and they believe that when applying for jobs it’s not where you obtained you PGCE qualification but quality of your references and experiences etc. I am just so torn my heart saying roehampton but my head and thinking of prestige saying UCL!