I want to become a primary teacher and I have two possible routes available to me.
1) I take up the 3 years undergraduate route offer to study for early years childhood studies at middlesex followed by a PGCE Primary
2) I study for a BA (Hons) Primary Teaching with QTS.
I would like to start a discussion about the pros and cons about the different routes and how does these routes differ in terms of placement and modules.is it hard or easier.
Pgce vs primary Watch
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- 05-05-2016 10:39
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- 08-05-2016 06:33
I don't see the point in doing an early years childhood studies degree if it doesn't have QTS. But it might be a good idea to do a degree in a curriculum subject and then doing a PGCE, that will give you more options if you ever wanted to leave teaching.
- 08-05-2016 10:06
Is one 4 years, and the other 3 years?
If so, that's your main difference (and thus funding).
I guess it depends on how young you want to be when you start teaching, or whether you want some life experience inbetween. Are you desperate to get into a career? or are you happy to get there at some point?
PGCE will be harder as it's all of the QTS plus additional essays that make up Masters credits, which also allows you to teach abroad. QTS is the bare minimum required to be a teacher.
Placements and modules will vary between courses and is something you'd have to inquire and about and compare. I imagine all modules will be relatively similar. As it's university-based, the set up is usually several weeks at uni, several weeks in a school, repeat - Again, you have to do your own research into this.
There are other PGCE routes (SCITTS), where you start in school from September and learn on-the-job until July - you'd go into a university equivalent 1x a week.
- Thread Starter
- 08-05-2016 13:42
I dont really mind which route or career is just that I dont want to rush into teaching ,i wanted to know if PGCE primary education would be better than doing primary education with QTS for 3 years