(Original post by Bakesy665)
Im thinking about going to univeristy next year (sept 2013) with the aim of training to become a primary school teacher. The problem is that my A levels are not great. ( An C in A level Business, a E in A level Ecnomics and a C in AS Media) Meaning that i only have 160 UCAS points
. But i have been working as a sports coach apprentice in primary schools for the last 2 years based at 2 perticular schools. (It mainly involves me assisting and taking P.E lessons within primary schools and acting as a teacher assistant in a class room when there are no P.E. lessons going on. So i was just wondering would the 2 years working in schools mean that i might have a chance with Univeristys even if they are looking at higher UCAS points??
Hi, i will be studying primary education this year at the university of derby
Derby asked for 300 ucas points (all of which have to come from full a-levels or equivalent), but they also mentioned on an email and induction day that they will consider the whole persons application, if they dont get these grades, so if its good you will still get your place
. The trouble is if you apply to a uni without being predicted about what they are asking for, the likelihood of them offering you a place in the first instance is slim (Unless ofc you have lots of experience etc.) So, basically only apply to the uni's that are asking for about what your predicted, if you dont, your just wasting your choices.
There will be plenty of unis out there that will have reasonable entry requirements for teaching courses. Try bishop grosseteste university college? A friend of mine applied there and it was her insurance choice which she is going too, and she seems quite happy to go there
Also, try to get as much experience as you can (but what you have done so far should definitely be sufficient). Oh, and when your at an interview try to stand out. That way if your grades aren't amazing you still have a good chance of getting offers.
And lastly, have you thought about other courses relating to education/children, or do you only want to apply to those that specifically get you into teaching? Like, have you thought about doing a regular degree (maybe one relating to childhood studies etc.) and then doing a PGCE? These courses will normally have a much lower entry requirement so you have more of a change getting into them
But you still end up in the same place as if you did a teaching degree, it just takes 4 years, but some regular teaching degrees take that anyway. For example, as i have mentioned the BEd (primary education) course at derby requires you to have 300 ucas points, but, the BA hons in Education studies only requires you to have 260!
If you need anything else, or want any advice etc. feel free to message me