Whether you’re a career changer, thinking about starting a BEd or you’re planning on taking the PGCE route you’ll find lots of advice here. Charlie Taylor will answer new topics containing "Dear Charlie" in the subject.
I've been accepted onto the Primary PGCE at Kingston for this September. I'm very excited and very scared!
Is anyone else going, or former PGCE students with any tips? I'm moving there so will be new to the area as well :)
I studied at Kingston. I was on the three year course so can't say specifically about the PGCE but the tutors are great and really easy to talk to/get along with. They're also very helpful when it comes to any sort of problem you may have, be it assignments or stress etc.
The campus and the town are lovely and as I was leaving, there was a building company half way through building a new block on the Kingston Hill campus so that could be good. The library is great and from what I hear so is the social life.
My younger sister is currently finishing a Dance degree at Kingston and has also been accepted onto the PGCE there so you might meet her. I think she's specialising in English.
Kat182Hiya! I'm on the Primary PGCE starting in September too! Really looking forward to it. I'm also moving to the area, nice to hear of someone else who will be doing the same as most people in my interview said they were going to Kingston because they could live at home. Quite worried about trying to find somewhere to live!
I graduated a couple of years ago too and definitely a bit apprehensive about the workload, my job at the moment is stressful but I also have my weekends free which will probably change!!
I e-mailed the accommodation dept at Kingston because they do a service advertising accommodation, but they told me they don't start it up til June. Seems a bit late!
I went to uni in Bournemouth, yeah I thought it was normal to get the accommodation sorted by at least Easter. I can't wait to be in London too, I've always wanted to live there so it's so exciting to finally be going. I'm awful at procrastination...your plan sounds great, think I might jump on that bandwagon and see if that helps!
I have an interview on Thursday!! Very nervous! I was just wondering what the math and english test were like?! What questions did they ask you in the interview?
Thanks so much for your help :)
Buff 86, the interview is fine, I was worried about the maths test especially but I also used the bitesize revision website and it wasn't too bad at all. The tutors seem really nice too, it was all very relaxed. Good luck!
ElsiesI went to uni in Bournemouth, yeah I thought it was normal to get the accommodation sorted by at least Easter. I can't wait to be in London too, I've always wanted to live there so it's so exciting to finally be going. I'm awful at procrastination...your plan sounds great, think I might jump on that bandwagon and see if that helps!
I did enjoy it but soon found out you have to able to afford to work for free to get into Interior Design so it's a no go really! Actually I really wish I'd studied something more useful now! I'm not totally sure what to specialise in yet, I was thinking art or design, but they mentioned that special needs might a subject to specialise in too so I think I'll go for that if I can.
Where are you travelling in the summer? I'm working til mid August so I can save money, but definitely going to take a couple of weeks off to chill out before Sept!
Working in France sounds amazing...jealous! Not looking forward to slogging along in my job for another 7 months...roll on Sept!
I've been looking at accommodation in Kingston and there are privately run postgraduate halls called Malden Hall...they're pretty expensive though. On the other hand it is a simple option!
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