I started a PGCE in secondary science in September last year. I chose the part time option as I was determined to maintain some balance between family and work life. I'm in my forties, have two young children and as a child experienced what it was to have a parent teaching full time. There have been many positives over the year but it has also been brutal in terms of the hours. It's really not part time and consumes my days off, evenings and weekends. I have completed all the professional studies units and am nearing the end of placement 1. Although I have just about coped mentally, physically it has come at a cost. I've got to another half term, only to be laid up unwell and on antibiotics. This is not for the first time. For a few months I have been questioning if this is what I really want to do as a career. My questions are: has what I have done so far going to give me any advantage in the job market, can I still complete the assignments that will be worth 60 masters level credits so at least I have something solid to show for my hard work so far or am I too late to transfer to a different course? Any advice much appreciated. ( I think I had already decided that secondary school teaching is not for me).