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Hi guys,
I'm starting my personal statement to apply to a History SCITT programme however I'm suddenly getting really nervous about my subject knowledge. I don't have a history degree or alA level but I just finished politics and IR at university which covered a substantial amount of history just not what's in the curriculum.
Has anyone got any advice on how to improve subject knowledge and if there's even a point applying because I feel like the interview stages are really rigorous which makes me even more nervous.
Sorry for the rambling would just appreciate any advice or reassurance.
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You may find these links useful :
https://www.tes.com/for-history
https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zj26n39
https://schoolhistory.co.uk/

https://www.gov.uk/government/public...ammes-of-study
If you are looking at your personal statement you can get free advice from one of our advisers who are experienced teachers at getintoteaching if you haven't already. Call 0800 389 2500 and ask for an adviser.
Hope this helps
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When is the deadline for the 2021 intake (2020 applications?)
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Hi, I just wanted to introduce myself. I’m Muserock and I’m an NQT on supply. I did a PGCE (Primary) last year so will try to offer my advice.
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Hi,

I've finished my undergraduate in BA Business and Marketing, I graduated with a First Class Honours. I'm currently due to start studying MSc Marketing and Strategy.

I'm hoping to apply for PGCE Primary (5-11) 2021, in October when applications open.

I'm currently doing volunteer in Early Years setting.

I have CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools and completed 1 year placement with year groups 1, 2, 4 and 5.

Is there anything else I can do to improve my chances? Due to Covid seems impossible to get volunteer work in Primary School.
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Hi
You may find these links useful :
https://www.tes.com/for-history
https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zj26n39
https://schoolhistory.co.uk/

https://www.gov.uk/government/public...ammes-of-study
If you are looking at your personal statement you can get free advice from one of our advisers who are experienced teachers at getintoteaching if you haven't already. Call 0800 389 2500 and ask for an adviser.
Hope this helps
Olivia
Hi,

I've finished my undergraduate in BA Business and Marketing, I graduated with a First Class Honours. I'm currently due to start studying MSc Marketing and Strategy.

I'm hoping to apply for PGCE Primary (5-11) 2021, in October when applications open.

I'm currently doing volunteer in Early Years setting.

I have CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools and completed 1 year placement with year groups 1, 2, 4 and 5.

Is there anything else I can do to improve my chances? Due to Covid seems impossible to get volunteer work in Primary School.
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Hi,

I've finished my undergraduate in BA Business and Marketing, I graduated with a First Class Honours. I'm currently due to start studying MSc Marketing and Strategy.

I'm hoping to apply for PGCE Primary (5-11) 2021, in October when applications open.

I'm currently doing volunteer in Early Years setting.

I have CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools and completed 1 year placement with year groups 1, 2, 4 and 5.

Is there anything else I can do to improve my chances? Due to Covid seems impossible to get volunteer work in Primary School.
I did my undergraduate in Business and Management (I also achieved a First Class Honours) before I did a PGCE primary.

Don't worry about not being able to volunteer in Primary Schools, providers will understand the issues with Covid and from your experience, you have more experience than I had. Just work on having a really good personal statement. If you have access to your university careers service, I'd recommend getting them to look at it.
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I did my undergraduate in Business and Management (I also achieved a First Class Honours) before I did a PGCE primary.

Don't worry about not being able to volunteer in Primary Schools, providers will understand the issues with Covid and from your experience, you have more experience than I had. Just work on having a really good personal statement. If you have access to your university careers service, I'd recommend getting them to look at it.
Thank you 😊
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Thank you 😊
No worries. Good luck :crossedf:
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No worries. Good luck :crossedf:
Thank you ☺️
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Hi guys! I'm hoping to start a PGCE Secondary English next year, anyone else?
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Good Morning all!

I'm currently approaching my third year at university, headed towards a 1st, and have five years experience of working in a school (came in to university as a mature student).

I'm hoping to apply for PGCE History at a secondary level. I'm aiming for Cambridge (Longshot, but would love to know my chances given the above information), Durham (a safer bet and a good spot for history in general, possible masters territory in the future), and finally a fallback such as Warwick or Exeter.

I contacted the 'Get in to teaching' people but am yet to hear back from them. I will probably ring them directly as I would love some Personal statement feedback from them, and it's always good to know that I've got all the dates figured out and such.

Best of luck to all of us here. Working with children is an incredibly rewarding profession which I look back on fondly. I can't wait to return to education, not as an assistant, but as a teacher.

Best regards,
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Hey Everyone!
The Department for Education have just updated their 'Find postgraduate teacher training courses'. At the bottom, it now gives us information for the 2021-22 application cycle. It says that for the 2021-22 cycle, "You can find courses from 6 October 2020 and apply from 13 October 2020". It's getting closer now, good luck everyone!!
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Are there any personal statement checkers for UCAS teacher training? I've used others but they're just for undergraduate personal statements and there is apparently a difference. I have a Get Into Teaching advisor but they only told me last minute about the word limits and line lengths and I just wanted to be sure it's fine.
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Are there any personal statement checkers for UCAS teacher training? I've used others but they're just for undergraduate personal statements and there is apparently a difference. I have a Get Into Teaching advisor but they only told me last minute about the word limits and line lengths and I just wanted to be sure it's fine.
Do you mean someone to check your personal statement, or to check whether it's in accordance with the UCAS limits? If you want someone to check it, your Get Into Teaching advisor should check your personal statement for you (mine just did this and added some comments which allows me to improve it). You could also contact your University careers service (if you're still at university), or ask anyone you know to proof read it.

If you want to check whether it's in accordance with the UCAS limits then you should copy and paste it into Word (if you're not already using it) and use the font 'Verdana' in Size 11 font. This is what my advisor told me to do as this is the most similar to what UCAS uses. The limit should be 47 Lines and/or 4000 characters using this font. There won't be any way of checking on UCAS until 13th October 2020 (when applications open) as far as I'm aware.

Hope this helps!
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Hi! I'm applying to do schools direct for secondary history. Because history is so competitive I obviously want to get my application in asap but I don't have school experience. I have emailed about 30 schools and so far have 1 confirmation for 3 days in November; I'm hoping to get more but I'm not hopeful so I'm pretty worried this will be a factor in me getting rejected. My BA is in Archaeology and Medieval Studies and I have an MA in Medieval Archaeology, I checked with the host uni's of the courses I'm applying for and they've said my degrees are absolutely fine so that's something at least. I do have experience volunteering with disabled children and working with children in my old job and on occasion in my current one so I'm not totally clueless with children and a Teaching Assistant diploma but I'm so worried it's not going to be enough :'(
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Hi! I'm applying to do schools direct for secondary history. Because history is so competitive I obviously want to get my application in asap but I don't have school experience. I have emailed about 30 schools and so far have 1 confirmation for 3 days in November; I'm hoping to get more but I'm not hopeful so I'm pretty worried this will be a factor in me getting rejected. My BA is in Archaeology and Medieval Studies and I have an MA in Medieval Archaeology, I checked with the host uni's of the courses I'm applying for and they've said my degrees are absolutely fine so that's something at least. I do have experience volunteering with disabled children and working with children in my old job and on occasion in my current one so I'm not totally clueless with children and a Teaching Assistant diploma but I'm so worried it's not going to be enough :'(
That sounds like more than enough experience to me. But to reassure yourself, have you actually spoken to the unis about if your experience would be enough? I honestly think you'll be absolutely fine- you have more experience than most, I'd guess- but just for your own peace of mind!
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That sounds like more than enough experience to me. But to reassure yourself, have you actually spoken to the unis about if your experience would be enough? I honestly think you'll be absolutely fine- you have more experience than most, I'd guess- but just for your own peace of mind!
That's a good idea, I'll do that...I know this year it may be a bit different because of the old Covid situation so hopefully they'll be more flexible with school experience.
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Does it actually matter when you apply, especially for a competitive course? Without looking it up again, but I think that most universities say that it doesn't matter when you apply (as long as it is before the deadline), but it seems that people get offered interviews way before the UCAS deadline?

Given the Covid craze, I'm thinking about asking around the Scouts etc. to get some outside-of-classroom experience with children, but it would of course help if I had some time to organise all this (and then maybe have more then 3 weeks of experience before applying...).

Also: I have experience tutoring Scottish first/second year university students (so that's basically 17-20-year-olds) - any idea if that's worth anything experience wise? (I know it's not the right age group).
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Does it actually matter when you apply, especially for a competitive course? Without looking it up again, but I think that most universities say that it doesn't matter when you apply (as long as it is before the deadline), but it seems that people get offered interviews way before the UCAS deadline?

Given the Covid craze, I'm thinking about asking around the Scouts etc. to get some outside-of-classroom experience with children, but it would of course help if I had some time to organise all this (and then maybe have more then 3 weeks of experience before applying...).

Also: I have experience tutoring Scottish first/second year university students (so that's basically 17-20-year-olds) - any idea if that's worth anything experience wise? (I know it's not the right age group).
It seems to matter yeah because they can close the applications if they have enough candidates for it is what I have read...
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Does it actually matter when you apply, especially for a competitive course? Without looking it up again, but I think that most universities say that it doesn't matter when you apply (as long as it is before the deadline), but it seems that people get offered interviews way before the UCAS deadline?

Given the Covid craze, I'm thinking about asking around the Scouts etc. to get some outside-of-classroom experience with children, but it would of course help if I had some time to organise all this (and then maybe have more then 3 weeks of experience before applying...).

Also: I have experience tutoring Scottish first/second year university students (so that's basically 17-20-year-olds) - any idea if that's worth anything experience wise? (I know it's not the right age group).
There isn’t really a deadline for teacher training applications in the same way there is for undergrad.

Most providers will carefully limit intake to ensure that they don’t fill up their courses too early, but equally you will probably find that popular courses do fill up faster. While you might be able to find a spot to train for say secondary maths in July / August, it will be harder to do so for history.
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