Advice on how to prepare for a PGDE before starting the course?

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I will be doing a PGDE in Secondary Education at University of Glasgow in August and I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how best to prepare for the course and what to expect?

I know it's a very demanding course and would like to prepare as much as possible before the course starts. Thank you!
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I will be doing a PGDE in Secondary Education at University of Glasgow in August and I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how best to prepare for the course and what to expect?

I know it's a very demanding course and would like to prepare as much as possible before the course starts. Thank you!
Hi me too! There isn't much on here specifically about Glasgow, however I found a reading list from 2019 and so downloaded the books I could. I don't have a copy but type into google and it should come up it was a pdf. I've also been watching all of the school of education videos on YouTube gives you an insight. Also this may sound harsh but as there isn't much available I've been looking at blogs and videos from other pgde students, Strathclyde has a lot, and Aberdeen. I'm not sure what your subject is but I reckon whatever it may be we'll need to look into essay writing at masters level and look into how to teach certain topics and how to control a class. Hope this helps
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Thanks for your reply! I will definitely look some of this up and look at some more blogs and videos myself. Thank you again 😀
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Hi,

Thanks for your reply! I will definitely look some of this up and look at some more blogs and videos myself. Thank you again 😀
No probs, what are you going to teach? Me Spanish with French
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No probs, what are you going to teach? Me Spanish with French
Very nice, that sounds interesting. I'm going to teach Business Studies 😀
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No probs, what are you going to teach? Me Spanish with French
hi, are you going to University of Aberdeen for PGDE Secondary Spanish ? I am doing that one. I don't have French though and that is one of my worries, as I Know a lot of ML teachers have both... do you think I would be OK as a teacher who can only offer one of the 2 ? thanks !
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hi, are you going to University of Aberdeen for PGDE Secondary Spanish ? I am doing that one. I don't have French though and that is one of my worries, as I Know a lot of ML teachers have both... do you think I would be OK as a teacher who can only offer one of the 2 ? thanks !
Hi, no I'm going to Glasgow. As far as I know it gives you an advantage the more you have but I don't think it is something you should worry about because when you go for an interview they will look at your experience and teaching skills. I just happened to do both at uni. Worst case scenario you could start studying another language once you've mastered one the others are a piece of cake.
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Hi, no I'm going to Glasgow. As far as I know it gives you an advantage the more you have but I don't think it is something you should worry about because when you go for an interview they will look at your experience and teaching skills. I just happened to do both at uni. Worst case scenario you could start studying another language once you've mastered one the others are a piece of cake.
thank you very much for taking the time to reply. Do you know if it is quite common for ML teachers to have both though ? that is what I am starting to think that I might be one of few with just one
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Very nice, that sounds interesting. I'm going to teach Business Studies 😀
Apparently there are not a lot of pgde secondary students at Glasgow... so we'll probs bump into each other
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thank you very much for taking the time to reply. Do you know if it is quite common for ML teachers to have both though ? that is what I am starting to think that I might be one of few with just one
Honestly I'm not sure, I've been out of Scotland for 7 years but if the uni accepted you then surely it's because it's ok. Also I think French continues to be the most widely taught mfl at schools, so seriously don't worry.
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Honestly I'm not sure, I've been out of Scotland for 7 years but if the uni accepted you then surely it's because it's ok. Also I think French continues to be the most widely taught mfl at schools, so seriously don't worry.
thank you, it would be Spanish I would be teaching
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Apparently there are not a lot of pgde secondary students at Glasgow... so we'll probs bump into each other
Oh wow, yeah I believe we will be working with a mix of different PGDE students throughout the course.

I'm was thinking there would be quite a lot of people. It might make it a better experience if the there's a smaller team of people. Maybe see you then
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thank you, it would be Spanish I would be teaching
Sorry yeah I meant that there's the possibility that less people specialise in spanish as french is more popular. But, as I said I don't know much.
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Sorry yeah I meant that there's the possibility that less people specialise in spanish as french is more popular. But, as I said I don't know much.
aw I see thank you. I will try and find out what the prospects would be for newly qualified teachers who can offer Spanish and not French. I wish you all the best. Gracias !
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Oh wow, yeah I believe we will be working with a mix of different PGDE students throughout the course.

I'm was thinking there would be quite a lot of people. It might make it a better experience if the there's a smaller team of people. Maybe see you then
Hi on the off chance the same applies to you, when you accepted Glasgow did you hear anything? I haven't had an email or confirmation and no word on the pin for the student portal my Glasgow or whatever it's called. Strange, wondered if you'd heard back?
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Hi on the off chance the same applies to you, when you accepted Glasgow did you hear anything? I haven't had an email or confirmation and no word on the pin for the student portal my Glasgow or whatever it's called. Strange, wondered if you'd heard back?
Hi,

I've not heard anything back about registration. It says online it will be a phased process for registration all before course start date. If I don't hear anything by the end of June, I will probably contact them to check.
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Hi,

I've not heard anything back about registration. It says online it will be a phased process for registration all before course start date. If I don't hear anything by the end of June, I will probably contact them to check.
That's a relief, ok great me too!
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