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Will I be able to Train for Teaching?

Discussion in 'Art and design' started by AbsintheFairy, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. I have a BA in Fine Art gained 6 years ago, only a 3rd though. I'm 54 yrs old and interested in turning this into a teaching careeer for primary school children. Am I eligible for the training and how likely is it that someone of my age will be able to actually find work?
    Thanks in advance for any responses.
    Fizzy :)
  2. Hi FIzzy

    You might need to phone training providers about it as I was told that you need at least a 2:2 to be able to train to teach.
    My friend got a 3rd on the same course as me 3 years ago and he was refused entry.

    HOWEVER if you go on the GTTR they have an options list on COURSE SEARCH.. refine the course search to find providers that will accept people with a third.

    I only got a 2:2 at Uni, 2 years ago, and its taken A LOT of effort for me to gain a place on a PGCE this coming September.. I'm a teaching assistant, and done 2 years worth of voluntary work and I'm only 22 haha!

    I wish you the best of luck :)
  3. artcrisis

    artcrisis New commenter

    Esteemed Mr Gove has decided you can not do a PGCE without a 2:2 or above.
    But then.... What does he know?
  4. Why not sir? You have such a strong experience You should tay .I am sure your student do well under your guidness .

  5. I don't think it's restricted by the government to a 2.2 and above grade:

    However many universities state that you need a 2.2 or above and as places are being cut back will, naturally, be accepting only the best applicants. You might want to contact a few and discuss it. I'm doing mine at Chiltern Training Group which is a SCITT and they also specify a minimum 2:2.

    I was accepted onto a PGCE place for this Sept on my last choice out of four, the first 3 were either unable to run due to lack of allocated places from the government (Oxford Brookes) or were already full by the end of January when they got my application!! I was chosen for one of 7 places from approximately 150 applicants so was very lucky but that's the kind of competition you're up against.

    If you're really determined below is a list of things I did to up my chances:

    Get a job working in a school as a TA- I chose a private school which allowed me to tutor students privately as well to increase teaching experience.

    Get as much experience as possible in other schools - I made sure I had one day off and worked in the art dept for a variety of schools, a different one every term.

    Offer to run free workshops at the schools you volunteer at - I've done 4 now, in photography and photoshop mainly but it could be anything!

    Look into other routes to get experience - I approached my local council adult education service and asked if I could run a life drawing class there. I got experience doing schemes of work, lesson plans and more importantly TEACHING!

    Take another course to prepare and show your determination - Look into the PTLLS course, it's great, I'm doing it now part time on alternate Saturdays.

    Increase your diversity and experience in your subject area - The more specialisms you have the better. Check out summer schools in areas of art you haven't tried to increase your portfolio.

    Apply as early as possible, most courses are already filled by the deadline date for submissions!!!


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