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PGCE Biology or Chemistry?

Discussion in 'Science' started by lulabug, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. I have a 1st Class Biological Science Degree (Zoology) and want to do a PGCE! I applied late this year and its not looking like will get a place but have been offered a place on a SKE Chemistry!
    I have been working as a science technician for the past year and have a good grounding in both biology and chemistry but can't decide which PGCE to do!!
    Does anyone have any advice or thoughts??
    Thanks in advance
    Louise
     
  2. I have a 1st Class Biological Science Degree (Zoology) and want to do a PGCE! I applied late this year and its not looking like will get a place but have been offered a place on a SKE Chemistry!
    I have been working as a science technician for the past year and have a good grounding in both biology and chemistry but can't decide which PGCE to do!!
    Does anyone have any advice or thoughts??
    Thanks in advance
    Louise
     
  3. Ssn77

    Ssn77 New commenter

    Far fewer chemists competing for jobs than biologists and most schools have ample biologists, while some are short of chemists. Definitely go for chemistry.
    The shortage of teachers seems to have disappeared, even though the Government has been advertising for science teachers recently, so you may find getting a job tricky (unless it is in a challenging school). Good A level grades and degree from decent uni is probably the key.
    If you can find a place, the GTP has worked well for a number of people I have met in schools.
     
  4. lozza_bozza

    lozza_bozza New commenter

    I decided to do a science PGCE as opposed to a specialism, only to be told half way through I've got to change to biology PGCE. It makes no difference what so ever as I still teach all 3 sciences at GCSE as do colleagues who were classed as physics or chemistry.
    On paper it is generally preferred that you are chemistry or physics as there is higher demand for teachers with this title (despite there being no seperate training in each subject specialism)
    Hope this helps a little?

     

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