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    Or can you only do that subject? E.g. could an Economics graduate teach English? Is there any route to do this?

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    (Original post by maskofsanity)
    Or can you only do that subject? E.g. could an Economics graduate teach English? Is there any route to do this?

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    I assume your talking about secondary teaching not primary.

    Your degree must be at least 50% related to the subject you wish to teach.

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    (Original post by Rhiani-ani-on)
    I assume your talking about secondary teaching not primary.

    Your degree must be at least 50% related to the subject you wish to teach.

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    Is that just for a PGCE, or does that include routes like TDA's?
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    (Original post by there's too much love)
    Is that just for a PGCE, or does that include routes like TDA's?
    TDA's? The only TDA I no is the Training and Development Agency for Schools. which isnt a route into teaching. Here is the website, its full of information about getting into teaching http://www.tda.gov.uk/

    As far as I am aware its for all routes but some might accept you anyway it is something you would need to look in to more deeply.

    At the very least I think you would need an A level in the subject.

    It may also be possible for you to do a 2 year foundation degree in the subject and use that but that would involve doing another 2 years at uni before any teacher training and you wouldn't be able to get student loans for it if you had then the first time round.

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    (Original post by maskofsanity)
    Is there no way round this? I've already finished my first semester of an Economics degree...
    You could probably teach Maths/Econ/Business with an econ. degree.

    It seems easier to switch between subjects in the private sector (where less hard-and-fast rules apply)
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    (Original post by Rhiani-ani-on)
    TDA's? The only TDA I no is the Training and Development Agency for Schools. which isnt a route into teaching. Here is the website, its full of information about getting into teaching http://www.tda.gov.uk/

    As far as I am aware its for all routes but some might accept you anyway it is something you would need to look in to more deeply.

    At the very least I think you would need an A level in the subject.

    It may also be possible for you to do a 2 year foundation degree in the subject and use that but that would involve doing another 2 years at uni before any teacher training and you wouldn't be able to get student loans for it if you had then the first time round.

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    I've got my abbreviations in a muddle, I'll try to remember what I meant a bit later.
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    (Original post by there's too much love)
    I've got my abbreviations in a muddle, I'll try to remember what I meant a bit later.
    lol, dont worry about it, but have a look on the TDA website, it can be quite usefull in showing you all they ways into teaching and it might help you find a way to do it x
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    (Original post by maskofsanity)
    Is there no way round this? I've already finished my first semester of an Economics degree...
    I don't think you could teach english with an economics degree although you could probably teach other subjects like maths.

    If teaching english is something you really want to do it might be worth dropping out and applying to an english degree, maybe even an english & education degree.

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    My economics teacher (for A level) does not have an Economics degree. She has a law degree.
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    i wouldnt like to be taught by such teachers.
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    (Original post by maskofsanity)
    Or can you only do that subject? E.g. could an Economics graduate teach English? Is there any route to do this?

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    Again, lots of misinformation in this thread.

    You train to teach and not to teach a specific subject. Once qualified, you teach whichever subject your Headteacher directs you to teach. If you can persuade him or her that you would make a good English teacher (even if you never studied it beyond GCSE), you can teach that subject.
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    It depends on the PGCE course provider and the subject.

    I'm training to teach RE with a philosophy degree, could probably link about a third of my degree in some tentative way to RE but on the whole it's only relevant to A-level syllabuses. Plus there are others on my course with degrees in sociology, classics, one even with social care or something. I was asked to boost my knowledge through set essays before starting the course, some people were made offers conditional on doing a booster course.
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    You'd be suprised if you kenw the amount of teachers who taught subjects that they didn't have a degree in. My A Level English teacher's degree was in Sociology, and she taught Yrs.7-13. They had all sorts in my school! Spanish teachers in business studies, all sorts in art, and a music teacher teaching maths! None of whom had a degree in the subjects they actually taught.
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    Only too possible. Many Maths teachers do not have a degree in Maths, and some don't even have a degree in a numerate subject!
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    (Original post by maskofsanity)
    I'm confused though; don't you apply to a PGCE of a specific subject, such as "PGCE History Secondry" and "PGCE Biology Secondry"?
    Your PGCE subject specialism does not dictate what you teach once you attain QTS.
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    (Original post by maskofsanity)
    I'm confused though; don't you apply to a PGCE of a specific subject, such as "PGCE History Secondry" and "PGCE Biology Secondry"?
    Yes, so that's what you'll TRAIN to teach.

    However, I know people who trained in secondary and are now teaching primary. It depends on what the school decides when you get there. PROBABLY at least doing your NQT year you'll only teach the subject you were trained in (and maybe closely related ones), but if the school need/want you to teach another subject, then you may well be able to

    It is unlikely that you'll be able to teach English, given that it's one of the more popular courses and not a shortage subject. You would be more likely to be able to switch to something like maths/physics/chemistry
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    (Original post by tiny hobbit)
    Only too possible. Many Maths teachers do not have a degree in Maths, and some don't even have a degree in a numerate subject!
    But Maths is an entirely different kettle of fish, with it being a shortage subject providers send you on SKEs, which are only available for shortage subjects.

    OP, Mr M is right, I would pick one of two routes: drop out and do and English degree, or carry on with your Econ, take a lot of English-related modules (if there are any) and try and get experience in an English classroom, then if you can't get onto any PGCEs for English, try getting on one for Econ/Business so you're a qualified teacher, and then try and convince your employer of your English skills.
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    hi guys, ermmm the question really is....ive graduated this year in accounting and finance with management...would i be able to do a PGCE in maths?...i didnt do an ALEVEL in maths because they wanted an A grade but i got a B???

    Dont know what to do!!
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    If you apply through Teach First and you have an A level in English, you can go through the English teaching route.
 
 
 
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