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Steps to becoming a teacher

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by introspective, Jan 3, 2011.

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    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. I would have thought he would at least need a C in his maths and science GCSE to teach primary level.
  3. Teaching is, as I am sure you know, a graduate profession, so he will need to get a degree (or equivalent) before he can start teacher training, unless he does a 4 year B.Ed course at a university. So, he will need whatever qualifications universities are asking for in order to get a place on a degree course. Given his age, it might be worth approaching one or two to see what their requirements for 'mature students' are - sometimes they don't ask for high 'A' level qualifications. Or he could do a degree with the Open University, which does not ask for any previous educational qualifications at all, and is a cheap way to get a degree. But get a degree he must!
    best wishes,

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