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PGCE and QTS or QTS only?

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by Robin94, Jun 26, 2020.

  1. Robin94

    Robin94 New commenter

    Can anyone recommend If a PGCE is worth the hassle? Will it make me more employable?

    Also I’m not sure if I can afford the non salaried route when I’m 25 and renting in London.

    I’m in a bit of a pickle at the moment.
  2. agathamorse

    agathamorse Senior commenter

    If you ever want to teach abroad you need the PGCE with QTS.
  3. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    The pgce is the academic qualification. What do you want to teach? There are a number of bursaries available for secondary subjects and you there are salaried routes that also offer a pgce as well
  4. Robin94

    Robin94 New commenter

    Hello, thank you for your replies

    I wish to teach primary.
  5. Robin94

    Robin94 New commenter

    I don’t necessary want to work outside of England but I don’t know what the future entails, so I wouldn’t rule it out completely.
  6. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    In terms of employability not having a PGCE gives you decreased opportunities. If the only reason you don’t want to do it is you can’t be bothered to do more academic work then it’s worth the effort. If the reason is that financially, there is no way you can afford a PGCE route whilst renting in London then that answers the question, but also asks if you need to be renting in London for the duration of the course. So there are several variables and you have to weigh up which of them is more important to your future. My personal advice is to do the PG if you can, but if you don’t have the financial wherewithal or familial capacity to find a way to do it then it very much answers your own question.

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