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Open University Degree P/T

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by Brint, Oct 3, 2015.

  1. Brint

    Brint New commenter


    I have a PGCE in Secondary Physics, I also did a subject knowledge enhancement course. I have A level physics and my degree had some physics related modules but not much. I have been teaching 4 years at an 11-16 school, I teach triple science physics, it's going well, I'm now a 2 i/c. I love teaching and am very passionate about my subject. I'm starting to think where my career will take me. Ideally I want to be an actual physics specialist and one day teach A-Level and be a head of department or perhaps a head of physics. Realistically to do that I need a physics degree.

    My plan is to do an Open University degree part-time in physics over 6 years. Will that enable me to reach my career goals? Has anyone done something similar? If you're a headteacher, would I be employable as a head of department/A-Level physics teacher having pursued a physics degree during my teaching career?

    Thanks in advance for your advice.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    To be blunt, have you actually tried applying for Physics posts in a school where you would get the chance to teach A-level as a specialist?

    I understand from the press that 70% of Physics teachers do not have Physics degrees.

    There is such a shortage that the OU degree is likely to be the cherry on the cake. Just stating in your application that you are enrolled for this would enhance you as a candidate in many cases.

    So I admire your determination to further enhance your subject knowledge, but I wouldn't be surprised if very many schools would be happy with you right now. You could then start teaching A-level and work on your degree before applying for HoD roles.


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