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SKITT PGCE vs University Based PGCE

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by BelC, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. I would really like to be a Maths teacher, but study Economics at Durham University. I obtained A*s in Maths and Further Maths at A-level (if that counts for anything these days!), but only a maximum of 1/3 of my cause will be made up of maths theory modules. Obviously, the remaining modules require a clear understanding of mathematical concepts, but contain little theory. In order to do a University PGCE, it seems I need to do a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course. The problem is that these seem to start in January and last approximately 3 months, meaning I would finish my Economics course in June, have to obtain work for 6 months, study for 3 and then work for another 3 or 4. I am happy to do this if it will benefit me in the long term, but it seems rather inconvenient. I would apply to this in the next academic year.

    The alternative for me is to apply for a SKITT course. My local SKITT Secondary Mathematics course provider suggested that I could apply now ( I am in my 2nd year) and start to build up my maths alongside my degree and start a the SKITT course the September after I graduate. I am aware that not all SKITT courses lead to PGCE status, but this one does. However, I would need to apply for this asap.

    I have been observing classes in a variety of schools but have especially enjoyed those in a small 3-18 independent girls school. Obviously these sorts of jobs are difficult to come by, but whilst I have some power to shape my future, I'd like to make sure I make the right decisions now to help my chances as much as possible. Whilst the SKITT course does seem to give excellent experience, I am unsure how it is viewed in the eyes of such schools.

    Can anyone give any views on SKITT vs Uni-based PGCE's in terms of employment opportunities (or otherwise!)?

    Thank you!
     
  2. I would really like to be a Maths teacher, but study Economics at Durham University. I obtained A*s in Maths and Further Maths at A-level (if that counts for anything these days!), but only a maximum of 1/3 of my cause will be made up of maths theory modules. Obviously, the remaining modules require a clear understanding of mathematical concepts, but contain little theory. In order to do a University PGCE, it seems I need to do a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course. The problem is that these seem to start in January and last approximately 3 months, meaning I would finish my Economics course in June, have to obtain work for 6 months, study for 3 and then work for another 3 or 4. I am happy to do this if it will benefit me in the long term, but it seems rather inconvenient. I would apply to this in the next academic year.

    The alternative for me is to apply for a SKITT course. My local SKITT Secondary Mathematics course provider suggested that I could apply now ( I am in my 2nd year) and start to build up my maths alongside my degree and start a the SKITT course the September after I graduate. I am aware that not all SKITT courses lead to PGCE status, but this one does. However, I would need to apply for this asap.

    I have been observing classes in a variety of schools but have especially enjoyed those in a small 3-18 independent girls school. Obviously these sorts of jobs are difficult to come by, but whilst I have some power to shape my future, I'd like to make sure I make the right decisions now to help my chances as much as possible. Whilst the SKITT course does seem to give excellent experience, I am unsure how it is viewed in the eyes of such schools.

    Can anyone give any views on SKITT vs Uni-based PGCE's in terms of employment opportunities (or otherwise!)?

    Thank you!
     

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