Dear Graham, I just found out tonight I was unsuccessful at gaining a place on a PGCE course I had an interview for 3 weeks ago. Totally gutted and not really sure what to do now, I have passed my application on but don't know if primary teaching is the route I want to go down now as I had my heart set on one university and one city to do my pgce in and with grant cuts I don't think I can afford it and with the uncertainty of jobs at the end it's left me not knowing what to do next. I'm currently undertaking an NVQ level 3 supporting teaching and learning in schools city and guilds qualification, and will complete it in June 2011. If I did not pursue a primary PGCE this year, which with the grant cuts I don't know if I could afford anyway, is there any other teaching relating routes I can take, perhaps using this qualification, and not feeling like I have just wasted a year trying to gain experience. I've been looking into maybe working in SEN but would I be able to progress far with only having a NVQ level 3?? I've heard of GTP opinions but according to some I looked at earlier I've missed the application deadline, and as I live in Northern Ireland I would find it hard to find a school to sponsor me. Basically I don't really want to work as a classroom assistant for the rest of my life and want to progress as far as I can get a higher paid job to provide for my family, I'm just not sure what options and routes are available to me now. I have a BA(hons) degree in business and economics at 2:2 level. Any info would be appreciated! thanks!