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Does it matter where you do your pgce?

Hi, I’ve currently been offered the chance to do a SCITT with pgce here in Manchester. As well as a PGCE at IoE (UCL) in London.
I’m currently not sure which one to pick. I applied for the scitt because I’m graduating from uni and I’m kind of tired of research and academic work. Wanted something different for myself. Also Manchester is cheaper than London.
However UCL has the best prestige and is the best in the world for pgce’s so I was wondering if this is an opportunity I can’t miss. Does it really matter where you do your pgce? Should I just pick UCL since it’s the best even though I wanted something more practical? Would it make a big difference on my cv?
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Original post by Immaman3000
Hi, I’ve currently been offered the chance to do a SCITT with pgce here in Manchester. As well as a PGCE at IoE (UCL) in London.
I’m currently not sure which one to pick. I applied for the scitt because I’m graduating from uni and I’m kind of tired of research and academic work. Wanted something different for myself. Also Manchester is cheaper than London.
However UCL has the best prestige and is the best in the world for pgce’s so I was wondering if this is an opportunity I can’t miss. Does it really matter where you do your pgce? Should I just pick UCL since it’s the best even though I wanted something more practical? Would it make a big difference on my cv?

No one really cares about where you did your PGCE. I did mine at a prestigious school in south Manchester and it was never mentioned. However, you need to realise that a PGCE is in two parts. There is the qualified teacher status which is the bulk of your time and involves teaching on the job and honing your skills. The second more minor part is the PGCE which usually involves three assignments. They will be based on your practice and will be done on top of your full time teaching.

I would suggest that practical aspects like cost of living or ability to commute would take a higher priority than prestige as PGCEs are draining and difficult at best.

Good luck!

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