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Extended study option... help!!!

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by Poppy_Red, Jan 30, 2007.

  1. Poppy_Red

    Poppy_Red New commenter

    I have a PGCE interview soon and need to prepare a statement setting out which subject I want to specialise in, and how I am qualified in that area.

    My degree was in law, so obviously I could link this to english. A levels included computing (obviously could justify ICT) Psychology and Business studies (no direct link).

    BUT... what I would really like to do is maths! I can link this in small ways (stats in psychology A level, accounts module at uni) but the reason I want to choose maths is more to do with my enthusiasm for the subject, how it is an essential skill etc etc.

    So my question is, would I be able to justify choosing maths based on the reasons above? Or does it really need to be a subject that I've studied in a lot of detail? Please help!
     
  2. Poppy_Red

    Poppy_Red New commenter

    I have a PGCE interview soon and need to prepare a statement setting out which subject I want to specialise in, and how I am qualified in that area.

    My degree was in law, so obviously I could link this to english. A levels included computing (obviously could justify ICT) Psychology and Business studies (no direct link).

    BUT... what I would really like to do is maths! I can link this in small ways (stats in psychology A level, accounts module at uni) but the reason I want to choose maths is more to do with my enthusiasm for the subject, how it is an essential skill etc etc.

    So my question is, would I be able to justify choosing maths based on the reasons above? Or does it really need to be a subject that I've studied in a lot of detail? Please help!
     
  3. I had to write a statement for an extended study subject and my university stated that it must be in a subject you have studied in depth eg. either at degree or A-Level. I suggest you phone or email the uni and ask rather than turn up on the day unsure that your statement is right. They will be able to advise what they specifically want, as all uni's are different. Good Luck x
     
  4. Poppy_Red

    Poppy_Red New commenter

    Thanks, that's probably sensible, last thing I want is to worry that I've messed up my chance of getting on the course cos I wrote the wrong thing!

    Equally though I think it would be a shame if I had to pick a subject that I'm not very enthusiastic about purely because it is more closely related to my degree!
     
  5. Hi poppy red, I agree with C2802 - ring the uni.
    However, I personally think that enthusiasm is so much more important than qualifications - coz obviously you wouldn't pick something you're no good at so why do qualifications matter that much?
    My specialism is PE, and I have no qualifications in this at all, just experience at a sports summer camp for kids and bags of enthusiasm for the subject!

    Good luck

    xx
     
  6. Hi,
    Just wondering how this went for you in the end? I have an interview in a couple of weeks and I've chosen to do my statement for the extended subject study on maths because my degree is in psychology and I did maths a-level. I'm very unsure what to write about in this statement though!!

     

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