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    Hi, I would just like some advice really. I'm currently in year 11 and so far doing well. I have just had my first week of exams. In September I'm starting at sixth form and would like to take Geography (getting an A* at GCSE), English Lang/Lit (getting A*-A at the minute), Sociology and Health and Social Care.
    Are these good options for wanting to become a Geography teacher in the future?
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    (Original post by Barretth)
    Hi, I would just like some advice really. I'm currently in year 11 and so far doing well. I have just had my first week of exams. In September I'm starting at sixth form and would like to take Geography (getting an A* at GCSE), English Lang/Lit (getting A*-A at the minute), Sociology and Health and Social Care.
    Are these good options for wanting to become a Geography teacher in the future?
    Thanks 🎈


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    Yes, to be a geography teacher all you need is a degree which is 50% geography. I would advise you pick a degree which has some physical and some human geography as mine is only human and it means I've got to do a lot of learning before I start
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    Thanks, I might change English Lang/Lit to Biology, what do you think? Plus is there a good demand for Geo teachers?


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    (Original post by Barretth)
    Thanks, I might change English Lang/Lit to Biology, what do you think? Plus is there a good demand for Geo teachers?


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    It is up to you, I did both English Lit and Biology and think they both helped me in different ways. At the moment the EBacc is being pushed so they are offering scholarships for PGCE geo, which implies there is a demand for them! I haven't started my PGCE yet so I don't know what the "real world" situation is like atm. To be honest, any advice I gave you now would be completely outdated by the time it was relevant to you, anyway
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    (Original post by Barretth)
    Thanks, I might change English Lang/Lit to Biology, what do you think? Plus is there a good demand for Geo teachers?


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    Science is always a good backup, but I'd be inclined to keep both English and biology and drop the sociology. It's not taught in a lot of schools and it's always good to be offering something at A level that might give a school the option of using you to fill a shortage in the timetable. (Yes, shocking news, but not all teachers are specialist teachers of that subject.)
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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    Science is always a good backup, but I'd be inclined to keep both English and biology and drop the sociology. It's not taught in a lot of schools and it's always good to be offering something at A level that might give a school the option of using you to fill a shortage in the timetable. (Yes, shocking news, but not all teachers are specialist teachers of that subject.)
    True, but if s/he is interested in the human side of geography in particular, the sociology provides a lot of the social theory that isn't really dealt with so well in the geography curriculum.
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    True, but if s/he is interested in the human side of geography in particular, the sociology provides a lot of the social theory that isn't really dealt with so well in the geography curriculum.
    True, but she probably won't be asked to teach it, so purely from the point of view of helping her with a teaching career, sociology is less useful. TBH, she is best doing what she'll get the best grades in/likes best.
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    I'm doing well in English but I don't enjoy it was much but I have opted to take it at Sixth form because it 'looks good', should I do something at sixth form I don't enjoy or should I pick things that I do enjoy?


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    (Original post by Carnationlilyrose)
    True, but she probably won't be asked to teach it, so purely from the point of view of helping her with a teaching career, sociology is less useful. TBH, she is best doing what she'll get the best grades in/likes best.
    [QUOTE=Barretth;55897335]I'm doing well in English but I don't enjoy it was much but I have opted to take it at Sixth form because it 'looks good', should I do something at sixth form I don't enjoy or should I pick things that I do enjoy?

    Fair- from a teaching perspective, it is completely better to do biology. You might as well do what you enjoy, if you enjoy bio more, do that. You might as well do subjects you enjoy and see where they take you. I know you say now you want to be a geography teacher, but you don't want to hit sixth form and suddenly realise geography isn't for you or something! Plus, it isn't fun to do something you don't like for the sake of it!!
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    i would say do the subjects you enjoy. i went into sixth form hell bent on being an educational psychologist, so the only 'cert' for me was psychology. for some reason unclear to me now, i decided not to do history, a subject i'd always enjoyed. in the end i did psychology, sociology, human biology and law. i was one module into a psychology degree before i realised it wasn't what i wanted to do any more, and went back to my first love of history.

    i'm now in the position of applying for a PGCE in secondary history with a BA in history, an MA in classics and ancient history, but no a-level history. as most providers i've spoken to say they like an a-level in the subject you want to teach, i'm hoping the fact that i have an MA will counteract the lack of an a-level.
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    I have been to a taster day, and I always thought I would enjoy psychology but I didn't, hence I have picked sociology as I found that more intriguing and engaging. I do enjoy English Language a lot it's just the Literature as I find it harder. I know I will enjoy Geography as I always have since I was small and I have looked at the content of AS and A2 quite thoroughly. We get about 2 weeks in September to change our minds, so we will see. Thank you!


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