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Can you teach a different subject to that of your PGCE if you have a degree in it?

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by MattWhitt1, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. Hi,
    I graduated with a PGCE Secondary Education (14-19) Leisure and Tourism in July 2010 after completing a degree - BA (Hons) Tourism Management from the University of Salford Business School the previous year. I am currently working in an FE college part-time teaching Travel and Tourism BTEC and am not able to complete my NQT year as I don't have any contact with the under 16 age group. I am unable to get into a school as there are simply no (or very very few) jobs in this subject area!!!
    Whilst I was on both placements I had the opportunity to teach on Business qualifications (BTEC, A Level) due to my degree comprising of a number of business related modules (Marketing, Accounting, HR, etc) and this experience has allowed me to gain a place on a masters programme (MSc Business Management). My plan is to do this qualification as quicly as possible (part-time) so that I can apply for jobs to teach Business in schools and therefore complete my NQT year as a result.
    The negatives are that my PGCE is not in Business (it is in Leisure and Tourism) and I am not teaching Business at present (but I am teaching the business related units on the Travel and Tourism BTEC).
    The positives are that my undergraduate degree was from a Business School and comprised business modules, I have experience of teaching business on my PGCE placements and I am soon to have a masters in Business Managment.
    After all that, do you think that I will have a problem gaining employment in a secondary school? Especially when I am up against other teachers who have their PGCE in Business and potentially have more experience teaching Business as a subject?
    Advice is greatly appreciated!!!
    Thanks.

     
  2. Hi,
    I graduated with a PGCE Secondary Education (14-19) Leisure and Tourism in July 2010 after completing a degree - BA (Hons) Tourism Management from the University of Salford Business School the previous year. I am currently working in an FE college part-time teaching Travel and Tourism BTEC and am not able to complete my NQT year as I don't have any contact with the under 16 age group. I am unable to get into a school as there are simply no (or very very few) jobs in this subject area!!!
    Whilst I was on both placements I had the opportunity to teach on Business qualifications (BTEC, A Level) due to my degree comprising of a number of business related modules (Marketing, Accounting, HR, etc) and this experience has allowed me to gain a place on a masters programme (MSc Business Management). My plan is to do this qualification as quicly as possible (part-time) so that I can apply for jobs to teach Business in schools and therefore complete my NQT year as a result.
    The negatives are that my PGCE is not in Business (it is in Leisure and Tourism) and I am not teaching Business at present (but I am teaching the business related units on the Travel and Tourism BTEC).
    The positives are that my undergraduate degree was from a Business School and comprised business modules, I have experience of teaching business on my PGCE placements and I am soon to have a masters in Business Managment.
    After all that, do you think that I will have a problem gaining employment in a secondary school? Especially when I am up against other teachers who have their PGCE in Business and potentially have more experience teaching Business as a subject?
    Advice is greatly appreciated!!!
    Thanks.

     
  3. PaulDG

    PaulDG Occasional commenter

    Once you're a qualified teacher, you're qualified to teach anything.

    All you've got to do is to persuade an employer that you have the relevant subject knowledge.
     
  4. Your QTS allows you to teach in secondary education, QTS is not related to your subject so if you can convince a Head that you have the ability to teach business, then you can teach business and complete induction in that subject. James
     
  5. In essence no, the Masters would be good evidence to a head that you are a subject specialist. As noted though, it is the QTS that is important for teaching in secondary schools rather than the specialism, though of course the specialism is a great help to getting the job in the first place.

    James
     
  6. Great thanks again for your help James. This has confirmed my thoughts!


     

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