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Dear James

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by deepi26, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. deepi26

    deepi26 New commenter

    I'm a PGCE:Science (Chemistry) student and for some reasonthe admin have made a mistake and changed my specialisation to Physics. When I had my interview, there was no condition on subject knowledge and I did a Physics Enhancement Course by my choice. In summer, I came to know my university has changed my offer to Physics as TDA wants specialist and all those who were doing Physics Enhancement were supposed to do a Physics PGCE. I fought for it and after few emails with tutor and admin, admin told me (she did not give me in written though) that they have changed it to Chemistry.
    Now, in middle of my PGCE I have been told that its still Physics and not Chemistry which is now so annoying......I have contacted course admin again and forwarded all the e-mails but had nothing that proves that my subject was changed. My course tutor is very stubborn and I don't think he is going to help me. I'm so much confused as I had applied for a job that needs Chemistry specialist. Also, I have Masters in Chemistry and 6 years of experience in pharmaceutical industry so I can't see myself as Physicist. Could you suggest me what can I do in this situation?
    My other worry is if worst comes worst and the university does not change my PGCE to Chemistry, would I still be able to apply for Chemistry specialist jobs?And I have this fear that I might not be able to get a NQT as I'm Physics Specialist but somebody with a Physics PGCE.
    Please guide.
    Thanks,
    deepi


     
  2. deepi26

    deepi26 New commenter

    I'm a PGCE:Science (Chemistry) student and for some reasonthe admin have made a mistake and changed my specialisation to Physics. When I had my interview, there was no condition on subject knowledge and I did a Physics Enhancement Course by my choice. In summer, I came to know my university has changed my offer to Physics as TDA wants specialist and all those who were doing Physics Enhancement were supposed to do a Physics PGCE. I fought for it and after few emails with tutor and admin, admin told me (she did not give me in written though) that they have changed it to Chemistry.
    Now, in middle of my PGCE I have been told that its still Physics and not Chemistry which is now so annoying......I have contacted course admin again and forwarded all the e-mails but had nothing that proves that my subject was changed. My course tutor is very stubborn and I don't think he is going to help me. I'm so much confused as I had applied for a job that needs Chemistry specialist. Also, I have Masters in Chemistry and 6 years of experience in pharmaceutical industry so I can't see myself as Physicist. Could you suggest me what can I do in this situation?
    My other worry is if worst comes worst and the university does not change my PGCE to Chemistry, would I still be able to apply for Chemistry specialist jobs?And I have this fear that I might not be able to get a NQT as I'm Physics Specialist but somebody with a Physics PGCE.
    Please guide.
    Thanks,
    deepi


     
  3. Hi

    If you did the physics enhancement programme then your provider has no choice over this, you have to be counted as a physics PGCE. The reason is that providers are now (from sept. 2011) given separate allocations of physics, chemistry biology and general science. Linked to these numbers is specific funding for bursaries, fees etc. if a provider over-recruits on its allocation of trainees then the TDA could fine the university and refuse to pay for the fees and bursaries for that person, they could also reclaim the fees and bursary for the enhancement course. Together this amounts to a very large sum of money that could be reclaimed from the university if they do not correctly apply the rules. So you will have to remain as a physics trainee for these purposes. The good news is that once you have QTS your are qualified to teach and you are not restricted to only teaching physics, indeed, with your background you can market yourself as a physical science specialist able to teach chemistry (due to your degree qualification) and physics, as you did enhancement. What you need to do is use the physics as an additional positive qualification that helps you in the jobs market.

    James
     
  4. deepi26

    deepi26 New commenter

    Dear James,
    Thanks that do make sense and I think if it is not going to have any effect on job prospects then no point to hassle.

    Thanks
     

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