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no science gcse, can i still be a teacher?

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by mayarakhi1, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. mayarakhi1

    mayarakhi1 New commenter

    so im in the process of applying for a place in uni for next year however most require a gcse in science which I didn't get as I faild it :/ has anyone taken any alternative routes or ,know any uni's studying primary education that will accept me?
  2. Oldfashioned

    Oldfashioned Senior commenter

    Fairly sure you need science GCSE, sorry.
    pepper5 likes this.
  3. binaryhex

    binaryhex Lead commenter

    You passed English?
  4. mandala1

    mandala1 Occasional commenter

    You need a science GCSE or equivalent to enrol on a teacher education course.
  5. sabram86

    sabram86 Occasional commenter

    To be fair, you only need it for primary teaching. You can still apply for secondary teaching.
    pepper5 and Kateray1 like this.
  6. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

    I'd be a little disappointed if I found that my child was being taught by someone who does not have the capacity to pass a GCSE at grade C in Science. So if you have the capacity just retake it.
    blueskydreaming likes this.
  7. averagedan

    averagedan Occasional commenter

    Primary - no.
    Secondary - unlikely unless they're really desperate to fill a DfE quota.

    You may also wish to find out about the skills tests - I think they're still a thing.
    pepper5, yodaami2 and agathamorse like this.
  8. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    Most ITT providers will accept science equivalency test results. If you have an idea of where you want to apply to talk to them and they will be able to direct you.
  9. Piscean1

    Piscean1 Senior commenter

    You need Science to teach in primary. Science is still allegedly a core subject (just about) so you are expected to have a qualification in it to be able to teach it.

    Secondary is an option without Science as far as I know.
  10. Kateray1

    Kateray1 Occasional commenter

    I taught secondary science as an hlta a few years ago, you need gcse for primary but only for secondary if you are going to teach science, and of course a degree in a science subject at 2.2 or above.
  11. mayarakhi1

    mayarakhi1 New commenter

    yep got a 5
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  12. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    just take a science GCSE, it isn't hard.
  13. LISA7465

    LISA7465 New commenter

    Hello, I was in this situation before I applied last year and this is what I did. When I was looking at providers I made phone calls to them or e-mailed their admin team to see if they would accept a science equivalency and most of them did. Some Universities such as Manchester Met even offer their own science equivalency exam and revision sessions if you are offered a conditional spot. My provider told me to sit my exam with Edge Hill so I paid £100 to sit their exam and revised from the material they sent me as well as BBC bitesize and past papers and I passed with 83%. Have a look at whatever universities or providers you are considering and check their websites to see if they accept a Science Equivalency test and apply to those that do, as soon as you can. This will give you the most time to get it passed along with your skills tests. I had my application done in October last year, did my skills tests in November and passed my science in the April. I'm now due to start my course in 3 weeks. Best of luck- it can be done!!
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  14. greasychipbuttie

    greasychipbuttie New commenter

    Yep, I’ve been offered a place on a PGCE without a GCSE. I have done a ACCESS to science course many years ago! They accepted as “equivalent”

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  15. amysdad

    amysdad Established commenter

    You could try applying for the PGDE in Scotland - the only requirement is then an A level in English and a GCSE in Maths. You might even get the guaranteed year of employment afterwards....
  16. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    I think the OP is applying for undergrad (BEd?) courses rather than postgrad ones - if they got a "5" in English they're presumably a sixth-former.

    OP, have you talked to your school about whether a retake is a possibility? It would be a lot of work though - even if you were close to passing, you've probably forgotten a lot by now - and it would take away time you should be spending on your A-level/equiv subjects.

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