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PGCE Conversion Course?

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by findo3112, Jul 20, 2018.

  1. findo3112

    findo3112 New commenter


    I finished my PGDE last year in music (although in my second placement I did 50/50 music and history). I am currently completing a masters in education; therefore, I didn't just jump straight into a full time teaching position. Instead, I have spent this year supply teaching. During this time I have only really taught History and I have fell in love with the subject.

    My music degree was mainly history (focused on modern Russia) and I have spent a long time studying history in my spare time. Subject knowledge is not something I would struggle with and strategies for teaching and learning are something I have been developing all year.

    I wondered if there was any course out there that I could take to convert my PGCE into history.

    Thanks for your help

  2. agathamorse

    agathamorse Senior commenter

    I’m sorry but I’m not aware of any. I know there are conversion courses for maths and science but as far as I know you have to have a permanent contract with a school to be able to apply.
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  3. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    QTS is not subject specific. You can apply to teach music or history and in your application you can set out what subject knowledge you have that merits your status as a potential history teacher. Being able to dabble in the music as well as be a history teacher makes you an attractive proposition to a school with a strong presence in the performing arts.
  4. findo3112

    findo3112 New commenter

    Thank you for this info. I wondered if that was the case because it doesn't say it on the certificate. That is most helpful!
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  5. findo3112

    findo3112 New commenter

    That's all I could find too. Thank you for looking
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  6. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Just get applying for history jobs and talk up your supply experience as well as your training.
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  7. agathamorse

    agathamorse Senior commenter

    Once you have QTS you can teach anything. I’ve taught most subjects across. The entire age range from EYFS to y13. The independent sector would probably jump at a combined music and history teacher as others have said. Make sure you list all your history experience and your passion for history in your applications. Good luck!
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  8. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    You might well be able to start off as a Music teacher who also does a little History. This would give you more options to start. Once you have done that for a bit, your credibility as a History teacher would be much better.
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