1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Hi Guest, welcome to the TES Community!

    Connect with like-minded education professionals and have your say on the issues that matter to you.

    Don't forget to look at the how to guide.

    Dismiss Notice

Dear Theo: First Degrees Desirable

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by nikkstar, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. Please could you give me some advice on how desirable first degrees are to school?
    - does this mean that they will interview those with first degrees over those with a 2:1?
    - Is this a recent change? I've seen four or five specs now which list a first as essential or desirable.
    I'm now very worried about how is will affect my chances of moving on, especially into roles, with my lowly 2:2.
    Thanks,
    Nikkstar
     
  2. Helena Handbasket

    Helena Handbasket New commenter

    I'll be honest, I trained in 08-09 and was on supply for the last academic year. In all this time not once have I seen a job spec mention degree classification. I have a 2:2 and I have a job because I have proved I can teach already. If a school asks for a first then they are likely to be a very high pressured environment or a group of people who think the smartest make the best teachers which isn't true at all.
    You have nothing to lose by applying for any job.
     
  3. A first degree can be a way of describing a full degree, so that they are not confused with foundation degree's. I know of someone who applied to do a masters and one of the entrance crietria was to have a first degree and after an enquirey they gave the same answer as I have just given and they actually accepted the grade of 2:2.
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    A first degree means a BA or BSc or BEd, as opposed to a MA or PhD.
    Nothing to do with a First Class Honoursdegree, so you can stop panicking!
    Best wishes
    ______________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews. The next Job Application seminar where you can meet me in on Saturday 2 April.
    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     

Share This Page