I'm basically looking for any advice anyone has about teaching at College level after completing my degree. I am in my second year at Uni and am just looking into career possibilities.
Does anyone know if all that is required is a degree and PGCE or are there other steps?
Any help would be great
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- 15-11-2013 13:25
- 15-11-2013 20:17
You can do a specialist post-16 PGCE which will enable you to teach stuff like functional skills, ESOL, employability, etc., as well as any vocational specialisms you might have e.g. childcare etc, in colleges but also in settings such as prisons, community centres, adult education, etc.
However if you are looking to teach an academic/traditional school subject at college, say, teach A Level Psychology or something, then going down the traditional PGCE route (i.e. secondary 11-18) is best.
Basically for teaching vocational subjects a post-16 PGCE is better, but for teaching academic subjects at a college level, a secondary 11-18 PGCE is better.
Bear in mind also that whereas you can enter the post-16 sector with a secondary PGCE, it is very hard to do it the other way round (i.e. enter the secondary sector with a post-16 PGCE) as they turn their noses up at it somewhat. It doesn't mean the post-16 PGCE is worth less, just that you have to be really certain you want to go down the vocational teaching route and stay there if you're going to do it.