Hey. I remember reading these forums and having a similar response to you this time last year. Thankfully, I wasn't put off as I am loving my PGCE. While it is intense, it hasn't been as bad as I feared. Part of the pressure is down to the fact that you are under the spotlight all the time and place enormous pressure on yourself to be as good as the experienced teachers you observe. You learn quickly that you need to give yourself a break, learn from every experience and move on from that awful lesson. If you use your time in school hours really efficiently and try to get assignments done early - its not too bad. Be practical, ask for help, use school resources where possible and do have nights off - then it can actually be fun! I came from a boring 10 hour a day, stressful desk job - and this is so much better as you care more, you want to improve and on the whole you do! As someone said to me last year - the learning curve is massive - but its worth it! Good luck!!