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    Hi, I have got a conditional offer for Primary Education QTS (Bed) undergraduate degree to start in September at the University of Gloucestershire. However I am not 100% sure I want to go into teaching in the future. I know I want to work with children but I'm not really sure what department I'm looking to go in to.

    I have currently been looking at the Early Childhood Studies (BA Hons) undergraduate degree and have notice this offers placements in hospitals and children's centres as well as schools. This means I will get a wider range of experience and possibly have more opportunities when finished the degree (in terms of going into nursing instead of teaching etc).

    If i was to do the Early Childhood Studies course then continue to do a PGCE postgraduate degree, knowing teaching was for me, does anybody know if i would only be qualified to teach children aged 0-5 years or if it would cover the whole of the primary age phase? If I was to do primary teaching I am interested in teaching children aged 4 - 8 years old.

    Finally does anyone have any advice on what they think I should do and if they enjoyed the courses themselves?

    It would help a lot!! Many thanks
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    Hi, I have got a conditional offer for Primary Education QTS (Bed) undergraduate degree to start in September at the University of Gloucestershire. However I am not 100% sure I want to go into teaching in the future. I know I want to work with children but I'm not really sure what department I'm looking to go in to.

    I have currently been looking at the Early Childhood Studies (BA Hons) undergraduate degree and have notice this offers placements in hospitals and children's centres as well as schools. This means I will get a wider range of experience and possibly have more opportunities when finished the degree (in terms of going into nursing instead of teaching etc).

    If i was to do the Early Childhood Studies course then continue to do a PGCE postgraduate degree, knowing teaching was for me, does anybody know if i would only be qualified to teach children aged 0-5 years or if it would cover the whole of the primary age phase? If I was to do primary teaching I am interested in teaching children aged 4 - 8 years old.

    Finally does anyone have any advice on what they think I should do and if they enjoyed the courses themselves?

    It would help a lot!! Many thanks
    I would recommend looking at the Eduction Studies as well (I am just about to go into my second year), as this looks at the whole of the education sector and not just one part of it. It offers a huge range of placements in 2nd and 3rd year with the opportunity to undertake voluntary work in 1st year. you could go to museums, youth work settings schools, hospitals, forest schools to name a few. but it depends on what you want. The added bonus to this is that you can also taylor make you degree come 2nd year, as you can take modules from other courses so you can get a taste of other school settings to make sure you get the most out of your degree. It's also the course that the people who are unsuccessful on getting on to the BEd get offered as an alternative.

    I lived with someone on the ECS course and they loved it, so it could be right for you.

    But with either, you would need to do a post grad to get into teaching, youth work and nursing, but you have seen this already.

    But to answer the PGCE question, no you would not necessarily be locked into 0-5 year olds, as the PGCE you can choose the age you go into.
 
 
 
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