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Open Degree

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by h_n_jootna, Aug 2, 2017.

  1. Hi,

    I'm currently studying English Linguistics alongside Childhood Psychology as part of the Open Degree with the Open University. My aim is to go into Secondary English teaching. My A levels were not in English and, in any case, were over ten years ago. I have worked as a Police Officer for ten years.

    I would like to know whether my application to PGCE/SCITT and future employers would be hindered by the fact that I have an Open Degree as opposed to a named degree. What's more, I do not have any qualifications, post-GCSE in Literature.

    I have considered taking an A level in English Literature but I can ill-afford to do this at the moment.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,

    Hope
     
  2. blueskydreaming

    blueskydreaming Lead commenter

    I have 2 OU BAs - my first was an 'Open' degree, and it always bothered me that it didn't have a title, so I did a second one. This was before the tuition fee price hike, mind you!

    As long as you are clear on your application as to how your degree meets the requirements of the pgce, there won't be a problem. You have academic transcripts to show what you have studied. You can talk about your degree at interview. The only problem is if you want to work abroad - certain countries require a named degree.

    As far as having no literature background - it doesn't matter. KS3 & 4 don't require a high-level of subject knowledge, and when you get a job you may be expected to, or choose to, only teach language A level as opposed to literature. I'm an English teacher - at my last school teachers only taught their specialism at KS5.
     
  3. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Rather than do an A-level, the OU offer introductory modules in English Lit for free. It's self study and there's no award but you could at least put it on an application.
     

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