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PGCE Biology

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by Lovelife28, May 31, 2020.

  1. Lovelife28

    Lovelife28 New commenter

    Can someone help me clear my confusion? I cleared my PGCE Biology interview. I have one unconditional offer from University of Greenwich, and another one is conditional offer from UCL( I have to clear GCSE equivalency exam for English and ILETS too, as I am an international student).

    Which one do you think will be a better option? Does it really matter from where we do our PGCE? I really want to go for UCL but I am scared, what if I am not able to get grade5 in equivalency exam( required by UCL)?

    It will be great if someone can help me.
  2. laurab_940

    laurab_940 New commenter

    You will have to pass literacy and numeracy exams for both courses to get onto a PGCE?
  3. Lovelife28

    Lovelife28 New commenter

    Thanks for your reply. I think equivalency test is different from the the literary and numeracy test. This test was given me to before the interview by individual providers.
    I am in dilemma whether to go for the equivalency test or not. I really don’t know how difficult will it be.
  4. VeronicAmb

    VeronicAmb Occasional commenter

    It seems that for Greenwich, your English is fine. But for UCL, they want you to achieve a grade 5 (when the minimum is 4 (parallel to a grade C)?

    If you don't want to fork out money for the equivalency test and have that dooming pressure "what if I don't achieve a grade 5?" then I would scrap UCL and go with Greenwich.

    However, if you have you eyes set on UCL because of their prestige, then go for it. I can't remember, but you have to accept one offer don't you? If you accept Greenwich on UCAS, it means UCL offer will automatically be declined and vice versa right?

    I mean the problem is if you don't pass with grade 5 then UCL will say no and you'd have to wait another year to apply to do a PGCE.
  5. nyaasmin14

    nyaasmin14 New commenter

    If you don't want to take the risk then don't. At the end of the day, where you got your PGCE won't determine how good of a teacher you are. I'm sure there are teachers graduated from UCL that might not be as great as someone who graduated from Greenwich - and vice versa.

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