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andyeperry
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I am planning to go to Thailand for a year to teach English. After that I would like to go on and teach physical education at secondary school. Right now I have a first-class degree in music technology.

My question is, will my year away teaching TEFL go some way to helping me get onto a PGCE course in secondary physical education? My undergraduate degree is not relevant, but I did manage to get an A for PE in my GCSEs. Sports and fitness is a passion of mine. I regularly attend the gym and I am currently a member of a running club.

It may be worth noting that I have GCSE grades D in maths and science. I understand I would have to improve these. Would it be possible to retake them during a PGCE course?

Thanks for any help you can give me.
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To do a PGCE you need: C's in English and Maths (you only need science for Primary) and a degree in which 50% of your subject was the subject you want to teach (secondary), or in a national curriculum subject (primary). So unfortunately you would only be eligible to teach music at secondary - you could only teach PE via training in primary and then specialising in PE.

Re: TEFL, yes, any teaching experience is advantageous, but experience in a UK classroom is also essential. They will want you to have spent at least a few weeks in a UK classroom too. Music and primary are really competitive so your TEFL will stand you in good stead but you will also definitely need UK experience too.

Sorry it couldn't be better news!
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You need to be able to teach PE safely and knowledgeably and you do need a degree in the subject to be show that you have that.
TEFL will be useful for gaining teaching skills and classroom management experience but it's not going to compensate for not having a degree in the subject you want to teach. As the pp said, you also need about a week or two in a UK classroom at the level you want to teach as a prerequisite to gaining acceptance onto a PGCE.
There may be other routes in or a postgraduate conversion course such as the MSc at Birmingham you can do if PE is what you want to teach but a GCSE in the subject is not really relevant to your situation at all.
If you don't have the CELTA or trinity qualification already i would advise you think twice before going abroad to try and get a job doing it. You may end up wasting your time.

Think carefully about how you want to spend your next year. You may still have a chance to get on a master's course for instance, which would be more suitable in enhancing your career prospects if teaching PE is what you want to do than teaching English would be.
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I'm now looking into a masters degree and I've fired off some e-mails. Keeping my options open. I'm looking at it and thinking I could also get a few hours each week at a school to simultaneously get classroom experience whilst I study. A directly relevant masters degree and some experience would get me onto a PGCE course right, even with an irrelevant undergraduate degree? I would like to retake my Maths GCSE during the masters course. Is this known to be possible?

Finance wise, I understand there is the option of a career development loan. My only issue with that is that the interest would begin as soon as I finish the course right? How the hell would I then pay my way through a PGCE? Any suggestions?
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