Hello, I've been searching this forum trying to find information on the Open University PGCE, but in the end thought I'd just post. I would really appreciate some feedback from someone who has done the course. I am trying to plan for the future and to get a grasp on how much time it's likely to take. 1. In the handbook it says the Needs Analysis and 10 day placement can take 3-4 months.. This seems very slow to me for what is involved. I'm hoping to do my needs analysis in 2 weeks, have my tutor meeting and go immediately to my 10 day placement which is already agreed with a school. Is this realistic? 2. Is it possible to complete the assessment portfolios while doing the school placements? 3. How much time will I need to leave between school placement to carry out the 'up to 120 hours' of module study? I have already completed a masters so I am able to be very focused. I am hoping to to just throw myself into it and get it completed as quickly as possible. I turned down work as I thought I'd be starting in September, so I'm starting to suffer financially, and just want to complete the course as quickly and efficiently as possible, so I can get back to earning money. Any thoughts much appreciated.