Hi, I'm due to start my GTP next week, and I know how confusing and daunting the whole application process is. 1.) The GTP is completely separate from PGCE, even at the same uni. I applied for PGCE places at two different unis (although in reality, you apply to one at a time until you get an offer / rejection), and GTP at the same two. I was lucky enough to be offered everything I applied for, and went for GTP at the closest uni to home. I did accept and hang on to my PGCE place until the very last minute though, just to make sure everything was OK with the GTP. 2.) I think this depends on the course. The GTP I have accepted will (hopefully!) give me QTS. That's all I need to teach, so I'm quite happy with that. I think some providers do offer other qualifications at the same time, though, so it's worth checking this out if it's important to you. 3.) Again, this depends on the provider. The uni I accepted needed me to find my own school. It had to be within 40 miles of the campus, but it turns out to be in a different county and LEA, and they're not bothered by that. The uni I turned down would have found a school for me (or with me), which sort of put me off a bit because it could have ended up miles from home. I approached the schools myself and was lucky enough to find a very supportive school about half an hour from home who have had GTP students before, with a different provider. 4.) I had a standard personal statement which I tweaked and personalised for each application. The PGCE and GTP statements I used were both very similar, but in the GTP one I stressed that hands-on learning was for me, and that I had six years experience of working as a TA and teaching whole classes for PPA time. I think for either application, with competition being so high, you need to stress either your previous experience in school, or the relevance of your degree / previous work outside schools to teaching. How do your experiences relate to the classroom? How will your strengths in other areas be of benefit to the children you will teach? How have you had to be reflective in the past, and how will this self-reflection lend itself to you becoming a rounded, reflective practitioner? My final tip is to get in early - have your application on the doorstep of the provider the day that they open for applications. Some courses are very, very oversubscribed, and one of the first weeding out processes is simply to only look at the first however-many that arrive, and disregard all the rest. Be prepared with your statement and personal info now, so that as soon as you can get the forms (first week in September for most providers, I think) you can have them filled in and posted back ASAP. Good luck!