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PGCE for further education or 'regular' pgce

Discussion in 'Further Education' started by PetaW, May 17, 2009.

  1. Hi
    I am trying to decide which course to do and need some advice. Has anyone got any opinions or experience in teaching either sector?
    I want to teach design (specialising in 3d design) I would love to hear about the pros and cons of teaching within both age groups - I can then hopefully make up my mind!

  2. Hi,
    I did my PGCE in secondary education, in which I taught for a few years. I now teach FE.
    MY PGCE allows me to teach in both sectors, whereas my colleagues who have a Cert Ed in FE cannot teach in secondary.
    Leave your options open!
  3. I did the FE Cert.Ed some 24 years ago. Then I did B.Ed (Hons) with a mixed group of teachers and lecturers. Whilst there are obvious areas of similarity, the two programs are (and need to be) very different. Teaching children and adults are two very different activities and involves a host of considerations and techniques that are not always appropriate in the "incorrect" sector.
    Having said all that, schools probably offer you a better chance of work whilst FE is imploding as a sector with the chance of regular, stable employment unlikely. Of course, there is always the wage difference to be considered too - not insignificant.
    Go for the PGCE as the career option is my advice.
  4. I'm doing the dtls and it seems to be just about right for teaching painting and decorating, but I don't know how that compares to teaching design. I didn't have any option though because I was told to do it - were there other qualifivations I could have done?
  5. Rory88

    Rory88 New commenter

    What is dtls
  6. the teaching qual for those looking to work in FE

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