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    Hi, I'm a TSR newbie *waves*

    My question is about teaching English. I'm currently on an Access course (had kids so been out of education for a while) and planning to apply to my two local Uni's, just not 100% sure which degree to take. Obviously, whatever I do, it needs to have English in it, and I'm going to need to take a PGCE eventually afterwards to get my QTS.

    The choices I have are Educations Studies & English degree, English as a single degree, or English and Sociology joint honours (another subject I'd like to teach post-secondary). My first choice was the Ed. Studies & English but I'm not sure if there is any point doing the Ed. Studies if I'm not going into primary? The PGCE would be Secondary onwards based anyway wouldn't it?

    Also, after the degree would I need to get a masters in English before being able to teach at college? So if I did a joint sociology and English degree, would that affect which subject I could teach?

    Does that make sense? My brain feels like this :eek3:

    Any helpful answers would be great even if it only answers part of my questions. Thanks in advance!
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    I'm in my final year of an educational studies and English at the moment, also looking to do a secondary English PGCE. The ed studies course IS geared a little more towards those looking to teach primary, but it really gets you into a good frame of mind for your PGCE and teaching. You explore inclusion, legal issues, go on placements amongst other things that will be of benefit in the future. However, on the other hand, if you do single honours English you'll have more subject knowledge at the end...so it completely depends on which course you feel you'd enjoy more and get more out of.

    As for the masters, I'm pretty sure you don't need one to teach at a college although you'd probably need a PGCE in post compulsary education. If you had a sociology and English joint hnours degree then a PGCE in English, you would probably get a job as an English teacher but be able to teach sociology, as the PGCE is a "how to teach" course as opposed to a course that deepends your knowledge of, for example, English.

    Hope I've been some help!
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    You wouldn't need a PGCE in post compulsory education to teach at college as the Secondary English PGCE covers you to teach 11-18.
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    Thank you
 
 
 
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