I'm currently at university in my first year doing Spanish with Italian. I'm not finding university that great and I'm a bit disappointed with my course, though I do want to get this degree and I'm depending on my next year being better.
I'm toying with the idea of dropping out and doing my art foundation course and then an art degree instead.
Either way, after my degree I'd like to do a PGCE Primary, but I'm wondering which degree will be more likely to get me accepted onto a course...? My a-levels are art, philosophy and spanish, so art is the only a-level I have in a curricular subject.
Do you think italian or spanish could come under the primary curriculum in the next few years? I honestly do not know.
I really need help in making this decision.
degree subject dilemma for primary teaching! watch
- Thread Starter
- 25-01-2010 15:28
- 25-01-2010 18:24
Modern foreign languages are becoming compulsory in primary schools and so having a language specialism will be well looked upon. Generally schools choose french, spanish or german, so I would say that Spanish is a good choice
- 25-01-2010 20:54
As has been said MFL is pretty much compulsory in primary schools from the age of 7 now (or at least, this is the idea in theory) meaning you can specialise as an MFL teacher at primary level. However you do not need a degree in a language for this - many universities will accept you with an A level (or even AS or GCSE) in the subject given so few people are doing languages at degree level, and additionally having completed the first year of a languages degree course you will be one notch higher than people who only have A levels anyway.
This means if you do an art degree you will be able to specialise in MFL or art/creative things (should you apply for a course which has this sort of subject specialism, some of them do not) meaning you aren't cutting back your options in terms of teaching.
Essentially, decide what you need to do now rather than looking into what will happen in four years time. You might decide you no longer want to teach, for "look better" for the future... at the end of the day universities look for trainee primary school teachers with the ability to enthuse children to enjoy learning, they don't look at your degree subjects as such as it is what you can say about your degree and its relevancy in the classroom coupled with your experience with children that counts. My degree is in social anthropology and I'm getting along fine in the PGCE application process!