As I have mentioned in some of my previous blogs, I have applied to do a PGCE next year. A PGCE is a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. It takes a year and after that year you achieve Qualified Teacher Status and can be let loose in schools!
You apply for a PGCE in a similar away to applying to University although there are three main differences to the process.
- You only get 4 choices rather than 5.
- Your application only goes to one choice at a time.
- Places are filled as soon as Universities find people they like, so courses are usually full by Christmas/January.
Plus, you have to have an interview.
My four choices were: University of Reading, University of Southampton, Kings College London, and the Institute of Education.
I sent my application off about 3 weeks ago and have kept my fingers crossed!
But a big spanner was thrown into the works…
Because the government has cut University’s funding for running PGCE courses, both Reading and Southampton had to cancel their courses! I was very disappointed to lose my first two choices. Life goes on however, and my application went to KCL for consideration.
Now for some good news! I was asked to come for an interview at Kings College London on the 11th December. I’m so nervous but excited too. At my interview I will have the chance to ask questions about the course, then a 20 minutes interview, followed by a 30 minute literacy test. It’s going to be very tough as there are only 18 places on the course. All I can do is my best though, so I’m trying not to panic!
All this is making me feel very grown up. I can’t believe it’s all happening so quickly. I can’t even believe I have nearly finished my first term of third year and that I graduate this year, let alone think about teaching next year.
But before I worry about embarking on adulthood, I need to ace my interview. Wish me luck!