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Primary: A Levels and Degree

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by jackbrigden, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. I am a keen reader of TES but this is my first post!

    I'm Interested in entering the profession and would like to see what the most common a level/degrees people hold,

    I was interested to know 2 things:

    1) What A-Levels do you have? To what grades?
    2) What is your degree in? Which classification?
    3) Do you hold any Post graduate qualifications? What in?

    Thank you!
     
  2. I am a keen reader of TES but this is my first post!

    I'm Interested in entering the profession and would like to see what the most common a level/degrees people hold,

    I was interested to know 2 things:

    1) What A-Levels do you have? To what grades?
    2) What is your degree in? Which classification?
    3) Do you hold any Post graduate qualifications? What in?

    Thank you!
     
  3. A Levels - Law, Psychology, General Studies - C, C, D



    Degree - 2:1 BA Hons Event Management



    No post grad qualifications. Was accepted on to a PGCE this year, first year I applied. But I also have 6 months teaching experience overseas.
     
  4. A levels:
    Sculpture- D
    English literature- B
    Graphic design- C
    (and a B - I think- in general studies but that one doesn't count)
    Degree:
    Primary Education (currently hovering between a 1 and a 2i. It all comes down to the grade I get for my dissertation!)

     
  5. Sillow

    Sillow Lead commenter

    A levels - Music (B), English Language (B), French (E).
    Degree - Combined Honours Film and Dance Studies (2:2).
    PGCE Primary with Music.
     
  6. ela86

    ela86 New commenter

    You have excellent results at A-level and provided you get at least a 2.2 for your degree you should be ok. Don't really think your A-levels matter that much to be honest, it is more about your degree.
    In this sense you need to think about how your degree relates to the primary curriculum eg, what skills have you developed that apply to science or maths for example (If you haven't then you can fall back on your A-level maths to show you are capable of teaching it to primary level for example).
    Due to the nature of your degree course I imagine you will have written many assignments, you could relate this to literacy and the politics side of your degree will probably be relevant to History and Citizenship/ PSHE. ICT should also be covered since most university assignments nowadays have to be word processed and you will probably have good knowledge of using research databases/ emails etc which all give you transferrable ICT skills relevant to the national curriculum. If you can find links to the main areas of the primary curriculum with either your degree/ a-levels or other experiences you are covered.
    However, as much as your academic background will be taken into consideration it is the experience you have with children (preferably in the primary setting) that will determine whether or not you actually get a place in a PGCE. You should be aiming to get as much experience as possible in schools and from volunteer work. Do you have any experience so far?
     
  7. A levels
    Biology A
    Chemistry C
    Maths C

    Degree
    BSc Molecular Pathology (U Bristol)
    MSc Virology (LSHTM)
    PhD Virology (UCL)

    Just started working as an unqualified teacher ahead of my GTP year starting in September. After 20 years working as a scientist I only wish I'd gone into teaching earlier, loving it!

     
  8. A Levels - French, History, English (Lang and Lit)- A; Maths - B
    History BA, then a Primary PGCE (no specialism).
    Most importantly, my class and colleagues teach me (about things I didn't even know I didn't know about!) a ridiculous amount every day.
     
  9. A-Levels: Media (A) Psychology (B) and Art (C)
    2:1 BA Hons Communication Studies.
    Beginning Primary PGCE in September, didn't think I'd stand a chance with 'non core-curriculum' subject grades....I was wrong! I think a bit of experience helps, aswell as linking your subject knowledge to the curriculum in some way!

    Good luck :)

     

  10. I have a Politics degree from southampton as well, and i've just completed my primary PGCE there too with a job for september.
    I got a 2.1 and I took Politics (B) Law (B) and History (B) at A level :)

     
  11. I completed my PGCE last year at UEA and have almost finished my NQT year (fingers crossed everything will be ok!). I don't think that your degree or A Levels matters too much from my experience as I did a law degree (first class) and for my A Levels I took Psychology (C), Media (B) and History (B). I think what matters is that you really want to do it and that you have achieved academically. It is a tough, very stressful job but so worth it. I believe your passion and enthusiasm is what will get you a place :)
     
  12. I have a 2.1 in Communication Studies also and was just wondering what sort of things you said on your personal statement to link the skills gained from this to your suitability for teaching (seen as though it isn't a core National Curriculum subject)

    Im hoping to apply this year and i'm not sure what sort of things I should be saying!

    Thanks!
     
  13. lizzii_2008

    lizzii_2008 New commenter

    I completed a BA hons. Primary Education in June but yet to secure an NQT post but fingers crossed I will on Monday! I achieved a 2:2 classfication but that hasn't really cropped up in applications/interviews or anything to be honest.
    A Levels were a no go for me, really didn't fancy them but rather chose to complete a BTEC Level 3 in Early Years (0-7) which I gained a Triple Distinction and was eligible to progress onto my teacher training degree.
     

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