I've always wanted to apply for a PGDE since I completed uni, but I talked myself out of it last year. I don't have loads of highers and currently don't have Higher English so talked myself out of applying.
Currently I have an HND in Retail Management and a BA in Retail Management - not honours - will not having honours mean I won't get in?
I haven't got classroom experience per se but I did a weeks work experience in a primary years back which ignited my desire to become a primary teacher.
I'm basically wondering if I would ever be considered? My thoughts are as follows:
-Do I need honours?
-I assume I need English so I will enrol in an evening/distance Higher English course
-Volunteer with a youth organisation/scouts/bb's/brownies or the likes.
I'm not sure how to go about volunteering in a classroom or whether or not I would be able to considering I need full time employment to meet ends meat!
Just wondering if anyone had any advice really? Ideally I wanted to apply for next year but I can wait for the following if required.
I assume you are hoping to apply for Primary? If so this is more competitive than Secondary just as a warning.
Typically (not sure if it is everywhere) you need a good honours degree (2:2 or above) to do a PGDE course. You can check entry requirements on individual university websites.
You only need a C at GCSE level in English - sorry I don't fully understand Highers.
Current school experience is essential. Without it they will struggle to see your commitment to teaching and investigating the profession. You can contact schools to ask to do a week of work experience or something. Ask them with plenty of time in advance, they will be used to this request but will have to fit you around anything else that might be happening. Although not ideal could you use some of your holiday to get classroom experience? Just a thought if you have to work all the time.
I should note that it is in Scotland. In terms of entry requirement it is not stated that an honours degree is required, though the Higher English is stated and so it is a given that I will require to get that under my belt.
I appreciate primary is a competitive market and so I'm thinking if I get a few weeks with a local school plus some after school club activities volunteering that should help towards entry, I will need to take holidays from full time work to fit the schools weeks in but that is worth it in the end.
I'm assuming I won't be discounted without an honours providing I have the relevant experience as honours isn't yet stated as a prerequisite in Scotland. I'm hoping I have enough to put on the personal statement that should help me.
It's what I really want to do and having not done honours I'm a bit disappointed in myself but surely there's a route in the door without it - academic prowess isn't all that counts surely!