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I am hoping to apply for my PGCE with QTS. (Primary) in two years after my masters my degree. Is there anything you would suggest doing to give me an extra boost in my application?

I currently work within a day nursery have have done for two and a half years. I work predominantly with children from two to five then after-school which goes to eleven and then also to cover in our baby room with babies six months to two years. I have also had placements within school when I did my level three course but that was some time ago now (2014-2016). I currently hold a level 3 qualification for the early years educator, a foundation degree in early years and a BA Hons (top up) in Young Children and Early Childhood. I will soon be studying a MA in Education which lasts two years. I currently hold a few GCSE'S, a C in Maths, C in English Language, D in English Literature and a D in Science as well as various other GCSE's at a grade C or D.

Thank you for any advice.
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Hi

It sounds like you have some good experiences. However, it really is all about the experience you have in school. I'd get some more of that in, if you can.

Also, you will need GCSE English language, maths and science at grade C or 4 (at Level 2 essentially) to get on the course. You'd need to get your science GCSE up to a C.
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Hi, I'm a current PGCE student.

You could do your PGCE first and use the credits on your PGCE to count towards a Masters (rather than doing the MA first).

Your Maths and English GCSE is fine. However, you either need to re-sit Science or do an equivalency test.

Happy to answer any questions you have about the course.
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Hi, I'm a current PGCE student.

You could do your PGCE first and use the credits on your PGCE to count towards a Masters (rather than doing the MA first).

Your Maths and English GCSE is fine. However, you either need to re-sit Science or do an equivalency test.

Happy to answer any questions you have about the course.
I did think about doing my PGCE first however I knew that if I did that first I may not go back and do the masters because of the demands of being a teacher and I want to fully focus on the masters degree.

I have looked into re-doing my Science GCSE and its going to cost me around £300 so I will have to do it after my Masters as I will have to use some of that loan to pay for the course.

I don't think I have too many questions at the moment the only things I can think of are what should I expect to be doing in the course? and what is it like in KS1, teaching wise? (Sounds strange but as you can tell from my previous post I don't have much experience there) and finally like my original post says is there any thing I should be doing now to be accepted onto the course in the first place?
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(Original post by L.E.A.H)
I did think about doing my PGCE first however I knew that if I did that first I may not go back and do the masters because of the demands of being a teacher and I want to fully focus on the masters degree.

I have looked into re-doing my Science GCSE and its going to cost me around £300 so I will have to do it after my Masters as I will have to use some of that loan to pay for the course.

I don't think I have too many questions at the moment the only things I can think of are what should I expect to be doing in the course? and what is it like in KS1, teaching wise? (Sounds strange but as you can tell from my previous post I don't have much experience there)
I can understand your thinking here. I'm starting my Master's in September but it does worry me having a teaching load and trying to do the Masters. However, I'm told that it's quite flexible and deadlines tend to be around the holidays so hopefully, it will be fairly manageable.

Have you looked at the equivalency test? It's normally at lot cheaper. The downside is not all universities accept it but if you know where you want to study, it might be a cheaper option. I did the IGCSE in Biology and just paid for the exams so I'd say have a look around. There are probably some cheaper options.

if you are quite organised, the course hasn't been too bad (although mine has been cut short because of the coronavirus). My advice would be to do uni assignments before you start placements as those who left it to the last moment struggled with them (and in some cases failed).

The course is very much a roller coaster. You will have good days and bad days. Hold on to the good days and learn from the bad days. Also make sure you ask questions. KS1 is very different to the EYFS but it wasn't too bad. I'm an Early Years specialist so spent one placement in each. Have a look at the National Curriculum as it will give you a much better idea of what to teach in KS1 and also KS2 (unless you decide to do Early Years.

If you can spend a bit of time in a school (obviously at the moment it is impossible but when the current situation resolves, try and spend some time in school). Your experience in Nursery will really help you too.

Good luck!
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Good luck!
Hi - can I ask about the IGCSE in biology please. Is there a practical element to this? If so, how did you pass this? Also did you find an exam centre relatively easily enough?
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Hi - can I ask about the IGCSE in biology please. Is there a practical element to this? If so, how did you pass this? Also did you find an exam centre relatively easily enough?
Hi Tw1x,
For my IGCSE, there wasn't a practical element. I sat two exams as a private candidate.
I found it fairly easy to find an exam centre. I just contacted a couple of local colleges and registered as a private candidate with one of them.
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I managed to find a local college who provides a free GCSE course in Biology and Physics so I am going to take full advantage of both of these after my Masters as having two has got to look better than one right? I just hope they are still free in two years time as even with good time management I dont think I could do both courses and work at the same time.
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Hi Tw1x,
For my IGCSE, there wasn't a practical element. I sat two exams as a private candidate.
I found it fairly easy to find an exam centre. I just contacted a couple of local colleges and registered as a private candidate with one of them.
And this was accepted in place of a GCSE? I need to do my biology and chemistry and I'm really going to struggle to do the practicals (time, money, location) and worried I will be rejected from uni on the basis of this
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And this was accepted in place of a GCSE? I need to do my biology and chemistry and I'm really going to struggle to do the practicals (time, money, location) and worried I will be rejected from uni on the basis of this
The IGCSE is equivalent to the GCSE. Some school age pupils do IGCSEs instead of the GCSEs for a variety of reasons. The IGCSE is also very popular for mature students who want to re-sit. Whilst on the specification that I did, you didn't have to do practicals, I did have to know them for the exam.

My university accepted this qualification (and also offered the equivalency test, so I could have sat this test). I also know of other universities that accept IGCSEs too. I checked with my provider prior to my application. However, whilst my university accepted this qualification for my PGCE, I would suggest that you contact the university/universities that you are intending on applying for, to check what they will accept for the course that you wish to do.
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