I have a BA in Archaeology, MSc in Environmental Archaeology and am in the last year of my PhD. I have been considering applying for a PGCE and have previous experience of working with Primary and Secondary school children. I would like to teach either Geography or History, and teachers have told me that in schools they work in, many staff have to teach both. My PhD covers a lot of geographical topics and 19th century History. I am concerned that I may not be considered for a PGCE course because I do not have a History or Geography undergraduate degree. I am also concerned because one teacher has told me that having a PhD would be considered a negative when applying for teaching posts, and schools would rather have a History or Geography graduate. I know that some PGCE courses (Cambridge, for example) do take Archaeology graduates and that the RGS considers Archaeology an appropriate first degree for a Geography teacher. Despite this, as I cannot move and can only apply to my 3 nearest universities (my own university doesn't run PGCE courses), my opportunities are somewhat limited. I was hoping someone would advise me about their experiences of applying with a non-curriculum subject, or give their honest opinions about teachers having a PhD and about teachers without a straight History/Geography degree. I have considered gaining degree level credits in Geography by distance learning while working after my PhD, but feel this might make me look like I have taken a ridiculous number of qualifications.