I want to begin teacher training in 2013. I prefer the idea of secondary but am easily swayed by further or primary. Art (with possibly DT and/or media studies) is my specialism. I don't have science GCSE at the required level for most primary courses in any case, so I think that's out. I just spoke to somone from the local college about their new courses. I did PTLLS last year as it was free and I wanted the experience. Apparently you can now do CTLLS and then Y2 of P/T PGCE there! It also includes from age 14 up. However this college doesn't have a great reputation among students I know. I am wondering whether I should even consider this route. The government has apparently also made the DTLLS equal to the PGCE in that you could teach in a school with it now. This path would be cheaper and much easier for me than a years f/t PGCE. However, if at the end my qualification is not seen as equal to that, despite what the government says, there's no point. Any light to shed on this anyone?
Hard to know how things will be perceived by the time you qualify. Have you made a decision yet? My advice is to find out more about the placements if you are not certain the college is the best. If you can get a good placement it might make up for the college.
Also is it that specific department at the college which has a bad rep?
Sometimes you have to find your own placements, which can be tough, but if you are prepared for it then you can put time into choosing a good one beforehand, and avoid a lot of stress.