Hi everyone I have just finished my 2nd year doing BSc Biological Sciences, and will be applying in September for Primary PGCE starting in September 2012. I've heard that the application process is very competitive, so am after any tips/advice anyone might have as to how to maximise my chances of getting a place! Understandably there is a lot of emphasis put on previous experience, and I was wondering if you think I have enough experience to have a chance: 4 weeks experience in my local primary, based mainly in a yr4/5 class, but visited other classes all the way down to foundation as well. I did some general observing, as well as taking spelling/guided reading/ maths pre-teach groups, helped mark stories they had written, was responsible or a group on a school trip, and supported SEN/low ability groups in class. I also have 2 days observing in the science department at a high school (yrs 7-9) This year at uni I took part in the Right to Read programme, where I went into a primary school once a week for about an hour and listened to 4 targeted children who were below their targets. Over a few years I have spent 6 weeks (2 x 3week blocks) at a Special School, helping with just about everything that was going on. 3 years ago I helped at a summer play scheme for 5-11 yr olds. During my A levels I mentored 2 students in the year below me with their AS maths, one of whom had Asperger's syndrome. I did a few science workshops with primary and secondary age while I was doing A levels. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!