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Open University PGCE for DT (textiles/graphics/food)

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by blondie87, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. Hey,
    I recently enquired about Chichester for a DT PGCE and didn't get much of a response, which has put me off wanting to persue that particular
    university (chichester) as I cant find anything about it
    and it is still going to be quite a long/expensive commute.
    My
    only other option due to not driving and transport issues (I cant move
    away) is to do my PGCE through the open university. Does anyone have
    any opinions or comments on the open university pgces, especially for
    DT?
    My main specialism will be textiles, also I am fairly
    confident in graphics (both are strongly in my degree) and would not
    mind doing food as that is a hobby of mine. I just worry with it being
    more of a hands on degree that it would benefit me more to do my PGCE
    in an actual uni rather than via the OU.
    I have emailed
    chichester asking for more information and not got much of a response
    from them, and have recently contacted the OU and still waiting to hear
    back.


    Hopefully somebody can help me with this one, i have posted this in the DT forum as well,
    thanks :]
     
  2. Okay, I'm studying with the OU but Science not DT. If you can self study it is a good route. PGCE courses do not teach you much about your subject (you are supposed to improve that over the course). The OU course is split into six themes, one of which will be concerned with teaching your subject (although all but one of the others will be aimed at your subject rather than generic). For Science, the Science theme gets you to look at the national curriculum, why study your subject, misconceptions, health and safety etc. You actually spend quite a lot of time in school (24 weeks in total) and you learn a lot just by being there, my top tip would be do do all the non-teaching activities as you learn a lot from them, and when you are qualified you won't have another chance.
    However I have heard good things about Chichester, and by doing the OU route you won't be doing away with the need to commute. As school placements can be hard to come by and involved a commute (same with all universities).When exactly are you planning to start, as I think few courses have vacancies for this autumn? Also have you got recent experience in schools, as this is essential.
     
  3. I am not planning to start just yet but want to make a decision about where I wish to go in advance.. I like to over organise things!
    I am in my second year so want to apply next september to start once my course ends so the following september. I have a weeks experience in a primary school, (last week) and some other experience in special needs schools although not recent.
    I am planning to get 2 weeks in a secondary school around september time.
    I emailed chichester and they weren't too helpful in saying how many actual weeks of the course I would be commuting in and whether I could request placements nearer to me or if it was just pot luck. They and OU have referred me to the prospectus and website but these do not answer most of my questions, particularly the one about the different modules so I can compare the courses!
    Thankyou for your help, are you enjoying the OU pgce? I am okay with the self study but it would be nice to be in contact with some others on the same course which I guess will be the main thing I miss out on if I opt for the OU.
     
  4. I am enjoying the OU some of the time (PGCE is hard!). There are day schools, and online forums, and quite a few students lurk around here. You do spend quite a lot of time with your first partner school, so if you get a good one you become part of the team. Also if you get a school with lots of students you do get to see lots of students from other places, which is helpful. Also a good training school may even provide training for its students, (often with NQTs) on things like behaviour management.However all ITT providers in the south east/southern area are producing lots of students to place in school, so it can be hard for them to find placements. You cannot assume that you would complete an OU PGCE in a year (few do), and you may have gaps when partner schools cannot be found. The bursary is also paid differently. So their can be financial implications if you do it. However one good thing is that you apply to the OU totally seperately from GTTR, so you could just apply for both.
     
  5. Hi
    I am so sorry that you didn't get any more help from Chichester; whoever you contacted at the Uni really should have passed you on to me; I have responsibility for recruitment to shortage subjects (DT) as well as teaching the science PGCE.

    If you would like to mail me at j.sargent@chi.ac.uk I would be delighted to offer any help/advice support I can.

    Once again - may apologies for not contacting you beforehand.

    Best wishes
     
  6. thanks for the responses :)
    I am going to reconsider chichester and perhaps visit for an open day if they do one.
    the main worry I have is not driving so I will be getting to the campus' by train/bus and also the partner schools. I am visioning a long and tiring journey on a train+bus from southampton to sussex and back each day!
    although it may work out the same with the OU.
    I do like that Chichester have compulsory graphics as part of the course as well.
     
  7. From November 2011 a student doing the full OU PGCE will spend 5 weeks in school A, then (later) 8 weeks in school B, then (later) go back to school A for a further 10 weeks, with a 5 day 'additional educational experience' in a setting of their choice. The theoretical (module) study comes before each of the placements, and those with previous relevant experience can apply to start the course at level 2 or level 3. They register PGCE students 6 times per year (only 5 times in 2011/12, every 2 months from November). Students have up to 2 years to complete the course, and the average time taken is around 18 months.
    The OU aims to place students within 25 miles of their home address, but this isn't guaranteed. If distance & transport are a problem, you can say so, but you have to accept that it could take longer to find a school (2 schools, in fact) which you can get to and which will agree to take you as a PGCE student, especially in the south east.
    Hope that information helps. Good luck with your intention to become a teacher.
    OtC
     

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