What do the writing task, literacy and numeracy test assess?
The literacy and numeracy tests will ascertain your current level of skill in these areas. The writing task helps us to assess your ability to write without time for preparation.
How soon will I hear after interview?
We aim to let you know within two weeks of the interview
What happens after my interview?
If successful at your initial interview with the PGCE team, you will be contacted to arrange a placement interview at a local college. In preparation for this, you should research the programmes on offer at the college and identify those which you have the necessary subject specialist knowledge to teach. This will help you to demonstrate your potential to undertake an initial teacher training placement at the college.
If you are offered a place on the course you may need accommodation whilst in Plymouth. The University does have halls and other forms of accommodation for postgraduate students. However, you may prefer to arrange your accommodation in shared housing with other PGCE students.
The benefits of this are:
- you all have similar workloads
- you may be able to share transport to college or school placements
- you are able to talk about your experiences and share knowledge.
Any questions you have regarding accommodation should be directed to our accommodation office. Further information and contact details are available via www.plymouth.ac.uk/accommodation
What are the costs for placements?
Should students incur travel costs in order to arrive and depart placement at the appropriate times AND if the travel costs exceed their normal commute to campus from term-time address, then the University provides funds early on in the placement. Additionally, if the commute to placement is deemed in excess of that which would be considered practical, then students are provided with accommodation in one of the University’s catered host families. The University pays the host family directly for the accommodation and breakfast/dinner costs. Students are then invoiced a minimal rate for the food element of this only.
Can I organise my own teaching placement?
No, we organise your placements in our partner colleges and other teaching organisations. If you have specific needs and/or caring responsibilities, you are advised to discuss these with the placements team and your professional tutor at the start of the course and they will be taken into consideration.
Funding and finance
Currently PGCE students are entitled to apply for a student loan/grant in the same way as you would for a first degree to cover student fees and living costs while on the course. Further information regarding our tuition fees and bursaries, including contact details for our Student Funding Unit, is available via www.plymouth.ac.uk/money. Information about how to apply for government help with paying your fees is available via www.gov.uk/studentfinance.