I had a PGCE inteview a few days ago for PGCE (Secondary Modern Languages) and the course tutor seemed to do everything she could to seemingly put me off. First she told me the nearest placement school would be at least 1. 5 hrs from my house (the University itself is only 35 mins by train/ 40 mins by road from my house - which is why I applied, as I figured I could live at home). Secondly she told me that I should be prepared to be up at 6am and work from 7am through until Midnight, 5 days a week and all day most weekends for the next 2 to 3 years, and that there would be no real 'quiet' times on the course. I am not adverse to hardwork, but I know from working in industry, ( I graduated in 2005) that working crazy hours such as 7am tilMidnight consistently without any real down time to follow, is completely not sustainable for a long period of time and I will burn out. I guess what I am asking is - what is the PGCE secondary workload like? Is it possible to get everything done to an adequate standard by working hard during the week, ( say 8am through til 8pm) and may be 3 hours on a Sunday? I am quite an organised and diligent person, so probably wouldn't slack off during these hours. I'm now really demotivated now as all I keep focusing on are the negatives.