I've been offered a school direct place for next year, which I've accepted. They've just got in touch to say they have three different training possibilities:
QTS alone PGCE PGCE + 60 MA credits
They cost slightly different amounts.
I'm going to have to apply for a loan to cover the fees which I was expecting to be £9000 anyway (the cost of PGCE + MA credits).
Is it worth doing the full lot? They say that schools "may" support you to finish your MA as part of CPD, and that the 60 credits "may" be considered Accredited Prior Learning - but I'm not overly keen on doing it if it's going to be worthless.
I think it depends whether you are sure you want to do an MA or not afterwards. If you're sure you want to, then might be worth doing the extra credit but otherwise I wouldn't create any extra work for yourself unless absolutely necessary. It'll be enough work as it is!
I would probably go for the straight PGCE to be honest, but then I'm probably biased as it's what I've got!
^ wss. If you see yourself wanting a Masters at some point in the future, do it. It's a 1/3 of the credits you'll need. You have to do the same work for option 2 + 3 anyway, just on option 3 it will be marked at a higher level.