Hi, I've just started my 2nd placement school and am thinking about quitting the PGCE course. My 1st placement school was brilliant, I enjoyed teaching, had a really supportive mentor, got on with all the staff, and I must have done something right because they've offered me a job for next year! However, now that I've started my 2nd placement, it's become apparent to me how little subject knowledge I have. My whole life I've been good at music, but being good in something doesn't mean you can teach the subject. I look at my subject knowledge audit, and there's so many gaps it's untrue. At school I always enjoyed certain aspects of music, but others were incredibly boring! For this reason I did my Degree and Alevel in music technology, not music, so it's simply not my field. Which is why my uni tutor put me in an academy for my 2nd placement, where music technology is taught throughout the school. I was very enthusiastic about the prospect of this new school, and after my new mentor met me on the induction day, he was looking forward to having me around. "Finally a music technologist as oppose to traditional Alevel or Degree level music graduate." The problem is, the things that I learnt a number of years ago at Degree and Alevel standard, he is teaching to Year 8's at this school! Even the traditional topics that I was co-teaching at my 1st placement to Year 10's, they're teaching to Year 7's at this academy! I've never felt so low in my life. I feel like a complete fraud, how can I teach these students, what can I possible teach, when the Year 10 and 11's in this school are possibly more advanced than I am?! I'm way out of my depth and am actually losing sleep, appetite and think I am suffering from depression. There is so much pressure because I feel that teaching was the last thing I could offer as a career. I've tried working in the music industry (which is impossible as a career), and have always had the mindset that I could always fall back on teaching the subject I love. Now it appears that even though I love the subject and love learning about it, there's so much more I don't know! I've searched around online and I'm not the only PGCE student that has contemplated quitting at this stage. I want to concentrate on my actual teaching, behaviour management, lesson planning, and even completing my assignments for uni, but I can't do any of that if I don't even know about my subject. I need time to just learn the curriculum and expand my knowledge, but time is simply something I don't have. I've been locked in my room for days reading and learning things, trying to play catch up on education, but I fear that there's just way too much to learn, and way too much for me to do. What should I do?