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Routes into Primary teaching

Discussion in 'Primary' started by introspective, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. Hi,
    My partner has decided that they would like to pursue a
    career in primary teaching. He is 27 and has worked for the last 10 years in
    the media industry. He had quite a challenging childhood and left school with
    just GCSEs (main ones being C in English and E in Maths). He is very capable
    and the poor grades are due his experiences rather than ability. He has
    asked me to help him discover entry routes into teaching. Although being a
    teacher myself, I pursued the degree/PGCE option so I never looked into any
    other ways of getting into teaching and I guess there will be lots of experts
    on here!

    What options would be available for him? Would he have to
    re-sit his GCSEs or are there foundation courses out there that would give him
    the option to apply straight to university? Would he have to sit A Levels?

    Any help would be much appreciated!

    Introspective :)
  2. anon2799

    anon2799 New commenter

    He'd need a c grade or above in gcse maths, at least 2 a levels, although realistically more as there's a lot of competition at the moment. That would get him on to a ba hons qts or a BEd qts, the degree would rake 3 or 4 years.
    There is always the foundation degree route, but again the minimum requirement is a grade c in English and Maths ( plus other gcses). A word if caution- some heads are very disparaging of the foundation degree route and prefer candidates with s BA/BEd with qts or a degree with pgce. At the moment my school averages 60 applicants oer teaching post- competition is very strong.
  3. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

    I think the requirement for A-levels would relaxed for a mature student to allow other routes of entry.
    However, to access an undergraduate training course he will need to get GCSEs at Maths and a Science at grade C or above as a minimum. He could then look into access courses that would allow him to prepare for higher education.
    The TDA website has a useful tool for looking at options:
    It might also be worth getting in touch with a local FE college to see what access courses they run and what advice they can offer.
  4. He HAS to have GCSE grade C in maths. english and science so that's his starting point. He oculd always get the Lett's workbooks and study guides on Amazon for each and get entered by his local school/college. Then he could go for a foundation degree and then PGCE or GTP (graduate tecaher programme). Ether way it's another 4 years after that. Good for him, but get those GCSEs sorted first.

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