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Deferring for a year/applying again for 2013

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by shaker_maker, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. Hello,
    I've applied for a place at Exeter Univeristy for the Primary PGCE starting in September 2012. I've had my interview (which went really well I think) and am waiting to hear whether I've got a place. The thing is I am now reconsidering whether starting the course next year is the best plan for me. My boyfriend and I haven't lived together for nearly two years after we had to move out of our rented house when he was doing his masters, and if I choose to do my PGCE in Exeter next year then it is unlikely we'd be able to live together until I'd completed my course. It is just really difficult trying to match up our job opportunities and career plans, and find a place where it is possible for both of us to both be successful. I know that relationships are all about compromise, but I'm now super keen on the Exeter course and don't really want to consider other universities (plus it would be difficult at this stage to go for my second choice I think).
    I just wanted to get any advice/opinions on whether deferring a place for a year is a sensible decision or even possible (I'm thinking not given how competitive primary courses are). I'd be willing to apply again next year if not. Also there is still the remote possibility that my boyfriend would be able to get a job in Exeter by next September so how long do I leave it before letting the university know? It really isn't helpful that you have to apply so far in advance...so much can change in the ten months between applying and starting the course (for example my boyfriend being made redundant from his company last week, so no time to find work in Exeter, needs a job asap!).
    Oops, gone on a bit of a rant there! But like I said, any advice or opinions would be gratefully received.
     
  2. Hello,
    I've applied for a place at Exeter Univeristy for the Primary PGCE starting in September 2012. I've had my interview (which went really well I think) and am waiting to hear whether I've got a place. The thing is I am now reconsidering whether starting the course next year is the best plan for me. My boyfriend and I haven't lived together for nearly two years after we had to move out of our rented house when he was doing his masters, and if I choose to do my PGCE in Exeter next year then it is unlikely we'd be able to live together until I'd completed my course. It is just really difficult trying to match up our job opportunities and career plans, and find a place where it is possible for both of us to both be successful. I know that relationships are all about compromise, but I'm now super keen on the Exeter course and don't really want to consider other universities (plus it would be difficult at this stage to go for my second choice I think).
    I just wanted to get any advice/opinions on whether deferring a place for a year is a sensible decision or even possible (I'm thinking not given how competitive primary courses are). I'd be willing to apply again next year if not. Also there is still the remote possibility that my boyfriend would be able to get a job in Exeter by next September so how long do I leave it before letting the university know? It really isn't helpful that you have to apply so far in advance...so much can change in the ten months between applying and starting the course (for example my boyfriend being made redundant from his company last week, so no time to find work in Exeter, needs a job asap!).
    Oops, gone on a bit of a rant there! But like I said, any advice or opinions would be gratefully received.
     
  3. I'm not sure that you can defer entry on PGCE courses - don't take that as gospel though. The other thing you might want to consider is whether you would plan to settle in Exeter? I'm there atm and basically the job situation is dire. We've been 'warned' by lecturers/teachers that there's about 200 applicants per job - so, you need to be prepared to move around to get the right job. Please don't hear me as being really negative - just realistic. Obviously, you could be that 1 in 200 that gets the job!
    I've lived apart from my bf this year and plan to move to where he is to get a job. It's worked well in some ways as it's meant I have no distractions so the course has been my top priority. I've been quite organised and have worked hard during the week leaving my weekends free to see him so it can work.
    What specialism have you applied for? It's a great course, lovely city and highly recommeded!
     
  4. Thanks for your advice Ladymildred. I've applied for the science specialism. I love the fact that you can do a subject specialism, I've heard lots of good things about the course and I've lived and worked in Exeter previously, so know how lovely a city it is. I'm not sure if I'd want to settle down there as job opportunities aren't great for my boyfrield either and all my family is in the north west.
    I know this sounds awful, but I'm quite happy to live away from my boyfriend for the year. He's keen to move back in together for financial reasons as well and it would give me another year to save up mmoney for fees/living expenses. How are you coping for money if you don't mind me asking? I know it isn't the cheapest place to live.
     
  5. Science tutor is fab! Finance is pretty dire tbh. I went straight from undergrad degree so not much time to work and save money. I work holidays - and I'm having to keep doing that this year to keep me afloat. Luckily I get a student loan for maintainance and fees...but it doesn't even cover rent!! So i've basically finished this term on a maxed out overdraft and almost zero savings! But I made it...! So far I haven't had to ask the parents for anything and I should be able to get through the year without doing so (unless my car dies). It sort of helps having no time for a social life! I requested placements in Dorset near where my parents live, and fortunately I've been allocated some (a lot of people who requested places didn't get them), but this means I can live at home for placement saving me rent and reduces my travelling costs. Some people are driving over an hour a day to placement which I can imagine is v costly. For second placement you should expect to have to move out of Exeter. Some people have been put as far away as in Penzance which is another cost to bear in mind.
    However, if you want it enough you will manage it! I feel the same...I've happily been living away from my boyfriend this year. I know it's only 9 months or so not too bad.
     

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