I'm applying for the PGCE Primary this year. My first choice institution is IoE and my second is Goldsmiths. Although the appeal of both of these places is practically equal I met a few PGCE students during my work experience who all agreed that IoE was the best place to train (their words, not mine and interestingly they were from both Goldsmiths and IoE too!). I am natuarlly drawn to Goldsmiths because I come from a creative background and feel my skills and personality will lend themselves well to studying there. However, the employability factor is massive for me and gauging from my work experience where all IoE PGCE students had jobs first, it seems that is the best place to go. For those reasons I have decided to put IoE as my first choice however I notice that they require 3 A Levels, which I do not have. I have straight A's in all my GCSEs, and went on to get 4AS levels. I then dropped two because I was auditioning for dance school and was training pretty intensively. My two A Levels are in History and French and they are good grades, so I hope it comes across that I am academically capable but just had different priorities at that point in my life. Will I be instantly written off for not having the required 3 A levels? Should I miss the IoE off my application and go straight for Goldsmiths? Or shall I give it a go and hope that my other experience and qualifications backed up by my personal statement show them that Iam still a good candidate for the course? You advice would be hugely appreciated... I have been running round in circles about this and will continue to do so until the GTTR opens!!