Hi, Right... My story... Currently studying English Lit and Lang in Education at the University of Birmingham. Always wanted to be a teacher- love kids, have over and above the necessary work experience. Putting in for PGCE in September and hoping for Newman Uni in Bartley Green, Bham. I have been reading (already!) the TES threads and its completely freaked me out. I've never thought of doing anything but teaching and maybe that's my problem- I'm now wandering if I have what it takes to complete the PGCE. All anyone seems to say on these forums is what hard work it is- now don't get me wrong I knew it wouldn't just be an added year of Uni. But I was not expecting what many are complaining about on here!! I was expecting what my Mom said she did 20 years ago at Newman herself: 6 weeks Uni 9-5, a few hours work on a Sunday. Then placement in a school about an hour away (maybe more or less) and there from 8-4.30 each day, home for 6ish, dinner and then work through til 9pm. The rest of the evening (what's left of it!) off to relax or whatever. Then during placement work all day Saturday and a few hours Sunday. Then back to Uni for 6 weeks and 6 weeks more placement. She said I'd be ok to continue working in my Dad's jewellery shop when at Uni for 8 hours a week on a Saturday and maybe not during placement. This all seemed ok. Up at 6am, home at 6pm, work through til 9. Its only 18 weeks of placement usually anyway and that all seemed ok. My basic question (and I'm sorry for rambling) is whether this is an overly optimistic view of PGCE year? Am I going to be shocked when I get to the PGCE year by the sheer amount of work? I have gone straight to Uni from college so no time off to work. I understand people may think this is going to be an issue but I have worked several places part time (since I was 13!) and so I'm not afraid of hard work. I'd like to think the PGCE didn't completely eat up all your free time. Will I be able to have a few evenings off a week? I'd really appreciate some responses- I am such a worrier!! P.S. Sorry for any spelling mistakes, am on my blackberry on a break at work-the type is tiny and I have a banging headache!!