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Geographer applying for PGCE Physics

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by inconmop, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. inconmop

    inconmop New commenter

    To cut to the chase:
    • I have a BSc in Geology and Physical Geography and an MSc in hydrogeology.
    • I have 4 years experience working in industry as a hydrogeologist.
    • I can't decide between teaching secondary physics or geography.
    • Main reason for physics would be more job choice/availability.
    • Main reason for geography would be that it is already my specialism so I would initially be able to bring more to the subject in a classroom and link it more closely to the 'real world'.
    I would have to do a lot more work (SKE and more) to get up to scratch with physics, as I didn't do physics A level. I feel comfortable with this challenge though and feel that it might actually enable me to teach the subject better if I've learnt it more recently. (Planning to take 8 months off before PGCE in order to immerse myself in as much physics as possible).

    Key question is: if I do a PGCE in physics is there any chance I could still apply for (and be accepted for) a job as a geography teacher if one came up?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    If somewhere will accept you on a Physics course, go for it. There are more jobs in physics certainly, but with the EBacc coming back into fashion, Geography isn't a closed door by any means. It really depends what you want to do. Certainly I would speak to a university/teaching school and get their views.

    QTS gives you the qualification to teach anything. You could apply for a post in primary if you want. Will you be accepted is dependant on circumstances, what sort of school it is, and what other optinons are available.

    If you want to keep open the chance of teaching some geography, I would find a school that would allow you to try and teach a bit- a few lessons a week maybe, if needed in ks3- as part of your timetable
  3. inconmop

    inconmop New commenter

    Thanks for the advice, especially about the EBacc and the openness of the QTS.

    I'm thinking biology instead of physics now, as I'm happier with taking this up to A level. As long as I keep the opportunity open to teach science I'll be happy. Will still keep doors open for teaching geography though as you suggested.
  4. rolls

    rolls Occasional commenter

    Once you are qualified you can teach any subject or age group which you can demonstrate you have an expertise in. You already have expertise in Gegraphy so why not add physics to make yourself doubly employable. Do apply soon though as you will have more choice of SKE if you have longer to do it and there will be funding to help you through it.

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