Hi, I started a PGCE last September, but I left a few weeks ago because I was offered a job in FE. I hope the fact that I left the course will not bar me from answeing your query, so here goes: Priority - Start sorting out your Student Finance NOW. If you leave it too late, you will not get through to Student Finance England if you have a problem. Trust me, it's almost impossible to actually get to speak to someone when they are busy. I saw people literally with NO MONEY AT ALL at the beginning of Term, and they were desperate, but simply could not get to speak to anyone - it's rediculous. Tip No 2 - when you start the PGCE, you will get absolutely battered with information. Everyone will panic, thinking that you have to learn it all. You don't - just concentrate on what you are assessed on. It is impossible to learn everything, honestly, there is just too much. However, I was told on the QT by a tutor to pretty much ignore anything that isn't actally marked. If you do this, you can put all your efforts into what IS marked, and it is possible to get good marks this way - I did, before I jacked it. Anyway, good luck - just be prepared to be very busy and that you will not have a proper social life for a year. If you can accept that, you will be ok.