Hi, I am interested in studying English at University but the courses I like best are largely Literature based (mostly no Language elements), would I be able to teach English Lang A Level if I became a teacher in a Secondary school? Am I limiting my employment opportunities if my degree only encompasses Literature?
They won't care about your degree as long as it has English in the title. What will be more important is getting a 2:1 and a range of school experience. 'Subject knowledge' is a big theme during the PGCE year with the idea that everybody has a specialism, and everybody is given time and help to develop areas outside of their specialism.
Tbh unless you are very lucky after completing your PGCE, you won't get to teach A Level Literature for a while no matter what your degree is in. Unless you're in a school with a really big sixth form where lots of people are taking English, A Level teaching is usually reserved for the more experienced teachers as it's the most complex but also the most cushy/sought-after teaching!
So it wouldn't be a disadvantage if my degree is all Literature without encompassing any other elements like Language, Film or Creative Writing?
And also, are you saying there would be opportunity during the PGCE year to widen subject knowledge to cover the sorts of things a Secondary school English teacher would teach that I perhaps hadn't covered in my degree? Thank you so much for answering my post.
Thank you for replying and for your suggestion. Are there resources about those kind of things? E.g books about teaching English Language?