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Teaching more than one subject?

Discussion in 'History' started by laura_x_, Oct 3, 2018.

  1. laura_x_

    laura_x_ New commenter

    Hey! I am in my last year of my undergraduate history degree and have just applied for PGDE History (I live in Scotland).

    What are the opportunities for teaching a subject outwith your degree subject? I am begging to stress myself out thinking I will have limited job opportunities through graduating with a single honours degree, and not a joint.

    Would love to hear people’s experiences with teaching more than one subject! Thank you! :)
  2. Leonardo1983

    Leonardo1983 New commenter

    Did a PGCE in history. In all 4 schools I've taught in I've taught other subjects alongside history. Citizenship, humanities, geography.

    Basically it depends on the size and needs of the school.
  3. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    I also (as a History teacher) taught Geography, Citizenship, RS, General Studies and Critical Thinking at different times.

    FWIW I had an A Level in Geography, but no qualifications (even an 'O' Level) in any of the others.
  4. NIHistoryTeacher

    NIHistoryTeacher New commenter

    I qualified as a French teacher. I now teach / have taught anything and everything but - currently head of history among other jobs.
  5. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    KS3 History and EFL in addition to my job - KS3 to KS5 Latin.
  6. varcolac

    varcolac Occasional commenter

    I've done KS3 Geography, KS5 Politics and once even a fortnightly class for students of Cambridge Pre-U Mandarin Chinese to get their culture paper knowledge up to spec.

    Now I'm just teaching history and couldn't be happier.
  7. thepolyglot

    thepolyglot New commenter

    Can you just start teaching something different or do you need additional training?

    I'm going a French and Spanish PGCE through the medium of Welsh but with all of the recent news about declining numbers of MFL students, it is really making me think about trying to branch out in other areas.
  8. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    I trained as a History teacher, but every non-supply post since then has been teaching English. I’m currently working as a TA with responsibility for literacy intervention. So there is nothing to stop you teaching other subjects; after all, you will be trained as a teacher, not as a teacher of a specific subject.
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  9. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I trained for Geography as my main subject and History as my second, and although my degree was part Geography I had no previous qualifications in it, having dropped it at age 13. I've lost count of all the other subjects I taught to GCSE level over the 30 years I spent in the classroom. I taught ICT for almost all of that time and was mostly self-taught. I spent only 4 years teaching History before switching to ICT, and didn't actually teach Geography until my 26th year in the job, on supply. The exam subject I taught for the longest time (13 years) was Business Studies, for which I have no formal qualifications at any level. Likewise I was not qualified in the subject that I led when our school opted to specialise in it later in my career.

    An acceptance that you never stop learning is all you need to make the switch. Whilst I appreciate the value of subject knowledge in some traditional areas and at 'A' Level, there are other subjects where you can pick it up as you go along, certainly enough to teach them properly up to KS4.
  10. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    I have a feeling that Scotland still has particular standards about having formal (degree level) education in the subjects you teach.

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