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Career Change Advice - Secondary Geography

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by jimboss, Apr 1, 2016.

  1. jimboss

    jimboss New commenter


    I'm considering a career change from the Armed Forces to teaching. I have a real interest in Geography and would love to teach it but unfortunately I don't have a degree in Geography - only an A Level (A grade) along with a Economics (A) and Environmental Science (B). I have a 2:1 in Politics and Philosophy from a good uni and I have spent the past 8 years as an officer in the Navy specialising in navigation. I also have As in Maths, English and Science at GCSE.

    On the basis of the above (and all other things being equal), would I be considered for a place on a PGCE/other training programme for Geography or would I need to demonstrate greater subject knowledge (e.g. by studying for a suitable Masters etc)? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks.
  2. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Why not contact the institutions you're considering (if you already have some in mind owing to location, etc) and ask them?
  3. jimboss

    jimboss New commenter

    Thanks for your reply Middlemarch. I've done that already but still awaiting replies - guess people I've emailed may still be on Easter Holidays so thought I'd see what people thought in this forum. Hopefully I'll get some replies next week.
  4. H Norris

    H Norris New commenter

    I suspect that the institutions will ask for your degree transcripts and that having both Geography and Environmental Science at A level will go in your favour. However, you are right that the institutions are probably on Easter break , so you may have to wait. I am the professional tutor at my school - we use the School Direct programme, so I know that there can sometimes be flexibility, but it is really down to the Geography lead at the university. Good luck
  5. jimboss

    jimboss New commenter

    Thanks for the advice H Norris.

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