This isn’t me trying to put you off, this is just my personal circumstance with the course.
Put it this way, I did (never completed though) a PGCE course as the university provided ZERO support for me. This was at Brighton uni.
Just for context, I graduated from UWE having done a degree in Biomedical Science.
I initially started in 2018 (Secondary PGCE Biology) having gained a TINY bit of experience in being a TA on my Wednesday afternoons as I had them off in lectures. Started out fairly well (the theory) albeit I questioned a lot of teaching methodologies such as “are the students meant to be taught like a garden where they are allowed to grow into what they want to be with help or do we prune them into what they need to be?” Kinda crap…
Anyway, I remember in my first year, I initially left at Christmas as I thought “maybe it’s just a bad year, maybe I’ll try again next year” with some advice from my lecturer and my teacher tutor. Essentially I hated the course because I was working 12 hour days, 6 days per week and still being told I wasn’t good enough… and being informed that if I were to go back next year, no strings attached and I would have a clean slate. I was also basically given the choice of no choice here (essentially kicked off the course or leave and come back next year).
So I go back next year (September 2019) and find out that my lecturer (yes he was a complete ass), was also given the choice of no choice (basically retire or be fired, his choice) as he’d received a NUMBER of complaints about him (I didn’t make one but wish I’d had) with people leaving the course because the university had been informed of workplace bullying but did absolutely nothing as they were partnered with these schools to the point where they lost tonnes of students. Thing is, I am then informed that I am to be given a 3 week learning contract (so much for no strings…) where, if I didn’t show enough progress within 3 weeks in placement as I was “experienced”, I would be made to leave the course… this was a massive hit to me…
So, long story short, come Christmas it happens again and I go to my teaching tutor in the school for help and he just walks off without saying a word. I leave having my BS contract come to an end and not showing enough progress… honestly wish I’d made a honest review online of Brighton’s teaching course as it supposedly has high standards of teaching… load of crap! So, come December 2019, I leave the course in its entirety and tbh, couldn’t be happier that I did!
(Below is post leaving my teaching course, so if you want, don’t read further)
Albeit I’ll admit I was unemployed for a year as I leave in the year COVID-19 was discovered but still, yes I applies to loads of jobs but the “no experience” crap came into it (I was applying for a bottom of the barrel role as a medical lab assistant). Come December 2020, I get lucky I get offered a role as an MLA in the Lighthouse Labs and 3 months after starting, get promoted to an Associate Practitioner and stayed in that role for 3 years (well, technically minus a 2 month gap when Boris Johnson closed them but the lab reopened and brought back their top 10% of people, with me staying on happily!) and even got offered my IBMS portfolio (needed to be legally registered as a Biomedical Scientist in the country).
I am now doing my MSc in Biomedical Science as I know i’ll need it in the future (or gain 10 years experience in the field, I would prefer to save myself several years…) with the intention of going back to my old job and hopefully being promoted with better qualifications and state registration!
Long story short, I’m a lot happier now than I ever was teaching!