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BEd or BA - which should I apply for?

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by kellyt87, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. Im looking to apply to study primary education but im a bit confused as to what course I should be studying. Out of the 3 universities I am considering, 2 do BEd in Primary Education. The other has BA Primary Education with specialised subject of Early Years, Enviroment or Modern Languages.

    I have worked with nursery aged children and that is what my current qualification is with so I like the idea of doing the BA Primary Education and specialising in early education but Im not sure which is best?

    Can anyone help?
     
  2. Im looking to apply to study primary education but im a bit confused as to what course I should be studying. Out of the 3 universities I am considering, 2 do BEd in Primary Education. The other has BA Primary Education with specialised subject of Early Years, Enviroment or Modern Languages.

    I have worked with nursery aged children and that is what my current qualification is with so I like the idea of doing the BA Primary Education and specialising in early education but Im not sure which is best?

    Can anyone help?
     
  3. In terms of your employability it doesn't make any difference whether your degree is a BEd or a BA. I would choose the degree course that suits you best at the Uni that suits you best, no BEd is the same as the next one! My BEd course asked you to specify if you wanted to follow the 3-7 route or 5-11 but regardless of this you still end up qualified to teach 3-18!
    Good luck with your choices!
     
  4. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    As a University tutor I would high;y recommend you do a general degree and then teacher training. All jobs are hard to get at the moment, teaching included. If you get a degree and a separate teaching qualification then you have two paths you can go down if needed...
    On the whole generic degrees aren't as demanding as teacher training so if you can use your time to volunteer 1 day a week in Primary (Uni's usually have Wednesday afternoon off for sports) then it will look good for your PGCE/GTP application and for when you apply for post the following year. x
     
  5. This is the same advice I was given a few years ago and has been repeated over and over again, by trained teachers (both BEd and PGCE), the uni's a I queried when I first looked into teaching and even from the TDA.
    With my degree I have gained skills/qualifications relevant for other graduate jobs, if I don't get a job in teaching I can look into other avenues. With a BEd or BA in teaching you are pigeon holed into teaching, and if that doesn't happen (for whatever reason) you could find it difficult to find something else.
     
  6. Playing devils advocate here but I know a number of heads in primary who will look to employ a BEd or BA in Primary Education before a PGCE with a subject degree.
     
  7. A BEd or BA in education doesn't 'pigeon hole' you any more than a degree in geography! If you decide that teaching isn't for you then you will be a graduate in a field of other graduates with a variety of degree subjects. If you can demonstrate strong performance and elaborate on the skills you learnt then you are in just as strong a position as any other graduate in a non-vocational field.
    The main reason for choosing a non- QTS degree if you aren't 100% certain about your future career is the added workload. Compared to a 'normal' degree your time in Uni will be much higher and then there are placements..... workload extraordinaire! If you are sure you want to teach then why would you want to take 4 years rather than three - especially with tuition fees!
     

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