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    ive been thinking about doing Biology, Psychology and Sociology for my A Levels. do you think they're appropriate for if I want to be a biology teacher?

    You don't even have to have an A level in the subject you intend to teach - there are postgraduate courses which are a bolt-on to the PGCE which can deal with that! Obviously, if you're interested in biology and want to teach it, then it would be a good choice for A level but don't feel obliged to do it.

    There are several routes into teaching, from doing to BEd. to PGCE to on-the-job training. All of these routes cater for people coming to teaching from different backgrounds so I really wouldn't worry too much at this stage about it!

    If you want to be a Biology teacher in a secondary school you will need to get a Biology degree first or a degree that has over 50% biology (apart from private schools, which don't have this requirement. They will probably still want a Biology degree though!).

    To get a Biology degree most universities require Biology and another science subject or Maths. Lots of universities will accept Psychology as a second science, but you would have to look at universities you are interested in to be sure.

    After you get the Biology degree you then go and do a PGCE. They require you to have passed your degree, have Maths and English GCSEs at grade C or above and pass an English and numeracy test.

    There are other ways to become a Biology teacher though. You could work as a lab assistant (or something similar) when you finish your A Levels for three years and then apply for a school direct placement (so you won't be at a university and you'll learn to teach in one school). Some of those might want a Biology degree, but relevant work experience and a Biology A Level will probably be fine for those.

    I hope this helps!
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