So now that I have decided the PGCE route is the best way forward into teaching I am looking into the application process and making sure I meet all the requirements before applications open in September. I have the required degree, experience and GCSE grades but I am not sure what to do when it comes to the references. From what I've read your first reference should be an academic reference, and if you've graduated within the last 5 years should be a university tutor or lecturer. The thing is I graduated 3 years ago and spent very little time with all of my tutors, as every module seemed to have a different leader. I wouldn't be surprised if the tutor who supervised my dissertation and who I spent more time talking to has no idea who I am, I can't even remember his second name. Oh wait, it just popped into my head, but still that took a long time to think about. Surely a reference from my Head of Department, who is English, at my current Thai school, where I have been working for a year, would be able to more appropriately comment on my suitability for this course, with the second referee as the teacher I assisted in my voluntary 2 week placement in the UK. I just wondered if the requirement for a tutor/lecturer as a referee was a MUST or just a preference, as obviously I want to get the best reference I can and I don't honestly believe that a tutor I saw once a week for 2 months back in 2008/9 can do that. Any suggestions?