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    hi i was just hoping that someone could give me some information regarding applications for PGCE.

    i am currently an undergraduate law student in my final year, and only just have i realised that i would like to steer away from the legal professioin, and am now considering teaching primary children. given that i do not have a degree in a national cirriculum would this affect my chances of application? i mean would it be possible for me to go through the necessary processs without any difficulties.

    in addition to this i currently have no relevant work exprience in teaching, i intend to do some this summer as soon as ive finished uni which is around may, but what is the best way to get work/teaching exprience? and if you do not mind my asking how did you get the relevant work exprience? is may too late to apply, i guess i am asking this question in relation to how difficult it is to obtain work exprience?

    i do appologise if this is confusing :o: but any help would be much appriceated.

    p.s could any one recommend a few relevant websites where i can do research? i know of the tda one, any more?
    thanks
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    A primary PGCE would be fine after a Law degree provided you have Engish, Maths and Science at GCSE grade C or above. Some primary PGCE's allow you to specialise in a subject as well, so perhaps if you did a NC subject at A-level you could specialise in that and hence you would improve NC knowledge. The main thing you need for a primary PGCE application though is lots of teaching experience. No decent education providers would take you on for a PGCE without any experience. You just can't validate your reasons for wanting to teach without experience itself. Primary courses are so competitive that you really need to stand out from the masses.

    There is no point applying to start a PGCE in 2009, you won't get in. I'd advise taking a year out after your law degree and teach, teach and teach. Send out letters to nearby primary schools asking if they need any teaching assistants or if not, could you do a few weeks of work experience there. I worked as a teacher throughout my degree in my old high school, but opportunities like that don't come up for everyone. Some schools will grab you with open arms and would really appreciate help, others will be fine, so you just need to ask around and offer your services to a wide range of places.

    If at first primary schools are unwilling to take you, ask if you could help out at any after-school clubs with sports or Cubs/Beavers/Brownies (not sure if you're male or female!).

    Hope this helps.
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    (Original post by sexysax)
    A primary PGCE would be fine after a Law degree provided you have Engish, Maths and Science at GCSE grade C or above. Some primary PGCE's allow you to specialise in a subject as well, so perhaps if you did a NC subject at A-level you could specialise in that and hence you would improve NC knowledge. The main thing you need for a primary PGCE application though is lots of teaching experience. No decent education providers would take you on for a PGCE without any experience. You just can't validate your reasons for wanting to teach without experience itself. Primary courses are so competitive that you really need to stand out from the masses.

    There is no point applying to start a PGCE in 2009, you won't get in. I'd advise taking a year out after your law degree and teach, teach and teach. Send out letters to nearby primary schools asking if they need any teaching assistants or if not, could you do a few weeks of work experience there. I worked as a teacher throughout my degree in my old high school, but opportunities like that don't come up for everyone. Some schools will grab you with open arms and would really appreciate help, others will be fine, so you just need to ask around and offer your services to a wide range of places.

    If at first primary schools are unwilling to take you, ask if you could help out at any after-school clubs with sports or Cubs/Beavers/Brownies (not sure if you're male or female!).

    Hope this helps.
    thank you so much for youre help. im a female btw. i appreciate youre help very much. i kind of figured id have to take a year out. do you know of any websites that could help with futher information?
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    What further information do you need? Looking at universities websites for their entry requirements may be of use and what they expect of a PGCE student, but other than that I'm not sure what you need?
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    ok cool ill check them out. thanks once again
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    im doing law as well, I am also a mature student and I have a child and I have worked in a school in 2007 and this year helping out for a few months, one day a week. I am waiting for an interview now but most places will accept law if you show its relevant!
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    website - the prospects one is good, (look under communiities - teaching )
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    I did a law degree. I finished my PGCE in August and am just coming up to the end of my first term as a Newly Qualified Teacher. It is definitely possible!!

    The degree is not the problem, it's the lack of teaching experience. Most universities will require a MINIMUM of 2 weeks experience.

    May is far too late to apply as December is the cut off date to apply for Primary PGCE's unless you go through clearing? I would definitely advise you take a year out and get experience as a teaching assistant. If not possible, volunteer at local schools. Find out about right to read schemes etc if need be. Spend as much time as possible in schools as you can!
 
 
 
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