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PGCE at Chichester - what are the hours at uni?

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by JoannaStone, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. Calling all current Primary PGCE students at Chichester! I hope you can help me! I have been accepted onto the full time course for Sept 11, but I have 2 small children, one due to start school herself in September. I really wanted to study part time, but no joy there, so have been forced to look at full time.
    What I really need to know is: how many hours lectures are there per week? Between what times do you have to be on campus? I know it will be full on for the periods of teaching practice, but I'm trying to work out what provision I need to make for my children the rest of the time. Any insights would be gratefully received, I really want to be able to pick my daughter up from her school at least once a week!
  2. If it's anything like my Uni you'll be in 9-4/5 every single day for most of the course. We're about to finish our second placement and looking at the timetable we're in University less during February - but still a few days a week.

    Certainly from starting the course to the first placement I think we had one day off, and most days lectures/seminars were 9-5 with a one hour dinner break.

    Nothing at all like undergraduate studies, rolling in at 10 and back in bed for 1!
  3. Hi Joanna,
    I've also been accepted at Chichester for september '11 and my daughter will be starting school too. I'm gutted that i'll miss a lot of her reception year but luckily I have a great child minder to help out. Also desperate to know what sort of hours we'll be in uni for. If I find out will post here! See you in september!!
  4. Hello Joanna,
    I am in the final couple of weeks of my PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church, doing a 7-14 PGCE with Religious studies as my specialist subject. I am not sure if my course was so hard because it is 7-14, and therefore is both secondary and primary, but it has been so much harder than I ever could have imagined - and I knew it was going to be tough! My children are 9, 12 and 14, so much older than yours. At first it wasn't too bad, but then once you begin your placements and have to be in school by 8, and then marking and planning after school, as well as the written assignments (we had to do 2 x 5000 word assignments), it is hell! Lots of people on my course who have children are finding it extremely difficult (as are some students who still live at home with their parents and have no chn).
    I don't wish to scaremonger, and it is a different uni and a different course, but I wish someone had warned me what to expect. When I have done my marking I get home at about 5, and then I work until about 10pm. It is exhausting!
    I wish you the best of luck with your course, you will need lots of help with the chn, and take any offers of help that you get, with anything!
  5. Thanks Sam!!
  6. Hi Joanna,
    I also have 2 small children (youngest is 2 and a half) and am starting my PGCE at Chi this September. It's great to know I am not the only one doing this! According to the admissions portal, the timetable for the course looks very full on and I sadly cannot pick up my daughter from school as I live in Petworth.Look forward to meeting you in September :)

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