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Wanting to teach Film Studies Alevel/GCSE through PGCE English

Discussion in 'Media studies' started by Seekerteach, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. <font size="2">Hi, I am interested in teaching Film Studies at A level/GCSE and I am deciding which course to take for PGCE. I am applying for a PGCE English at local universities. </font><font size="2">I realize that there are some PGCE Media studies around the country, but I have thought about the costs of living and the employment prospects that might not be as good as with PGCE English. I have also considered the Post compulsory courses, but again I am thinking of job prospects after that.</font><font size="2">I am unsure how most teachers become film studies teachers and especially as these jobs are rare.</font><font size="2">Are there any teacher out there who have Pgce English and are now teaching Film Studies, how do you do it? I would also welcome any advice from Film Studies teachers who got there in a different way.</font>
     
  2. <font size="2">Hi, I am interested in teaching Film Studies at A level/GCSE and I am deciding which course to take for PGCE. I am applying for a PGCE English at local universities. </font><font size="2">I realize that there are some PGCE Media studies around the country, but I have thought about the costs of living and the employment prospects that might not be as good as with PGCE English. I have also considered the Post compulsory courses, but again I am thinking of job prospects after that.</font><font size="2">I am unsure how most teachers become film studies teachers and especially as these jobs are rare.</font><font size="2">Are there any teacher out there who have Pgce English and are now teaching Film Studies, how do you do it? I would also welcome any advice from Film Studies teachers who got there in a different way.</font>
     
  3. Hi Seekerteacher,
    I teach A level Film Studies and I love it, I worked in industry for several years and re-trained as a teacher as a second career. I found a PGCE course which incorporated English with Media & Drama, having said that I have yet to come across any PGCE courses which specifically includes film teaching,
    Having a good grounding in English Literature is definately a good starting point to teach Film Studies, particularly when considering narrative, genre, characterisation & thematic issues. However an understanding of Media will help you with the business and production side of the industry as this is also part of A level teaching spec.
    My first teaching job was even split between Media and English, but many English teachers do become Media teachers as their careers progress. Personally I think be flexible, consider a PGCE that offers both English and Media and then all bases are covered.
    It's a very rare teaching job that just offers Film Studies, it usually does come with the expectation that you are able to teach Media as well.
    Good luck
     
  4. Hi. I did pgce Eng and now teach Eng, Film and GCSE. I launched the media and film courses two years after qualifying.
     

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