English Lit or Education degree??

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    Hi all,
    Just needed some advice.
    I've always wanted to be a teacher (dreaming of even teaching abroad and setting up my own school) but now I don't know what degree to take
    I don't know if I should either take up English Literature which I enjoy but scared it will be really difficult, or a primary educational degree as I thought I wanted to be a primary school teacher but now I'm not sure on that either. I might want to teach english lit instead. However I do hope to even become headteacher (I know a bit much) which I think is easier if I am a primary school teacher. Also if I take a primary education degree I can achieve my QTS after 3 years (as I believe) whilst doing my undergraduate degree but if I do english I will have to take an extra year to do a QTS which I'm not sure would be funded. ADVICE PLEASE!!
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    (Original post by zani98)
    Hi all,
    Just needed some advice.
    I've always wanted to be a teacher (dreaming of even teaching abroad and setting up my own school) but now I don't know what degree to take
    I don't know if I should either take up English Literature which I enjoy but scared it will be really difficult, or a primary educational degree as I thought I wanted to be a primary school teacher but now I'm not sure on that either. I might want to teach english lit instead. However I do hope to even become headteacher (I know a bit much) which I think is easier if I am a primary school teacher. Also if I take a primary education degree I can achieve my QTS after 3 years (as I believe) whilst doing my undergraduate degree but if I do english I will have to take an extra year to do a QTS which I'm not sure would be funded. ADVICE PLEASE!!
    The general advice is that you should go for the Literature degree as it's more open and less restrictive than the primary one. If you did the latter, and decided that either you don't wanna become a primary school teacher or that after 5 years of teaching you hated it, then your degree isn't really useful in industry because you spent 3 years honing and developing skills that is strictly for one setting: a classroom.

    Doing Literature opens up more options; publishing, advertising, marketing, PR, Human Resources etc etc. It gives you a lot more transferable skills than the primary education degree.

    I recommend you do a Lit degree, then perhaps work in industry first and then go into teaching. If you wanna work your way up to becoming a headmaster, then most schools will want you to have a MA in Education. Unless you wanna work your way from the top and be about 50 by the time you can become headmaster and then retire in 10 years.

    I think you need to do a lot more research on what you want to do and just give it some time.
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    (Original post by The Empire Odyssey)
    The general advice is that you should go for the Literature degree as it's more open and less restrictive than the primary one. If you did the latter, and decided that either you don't wanna become a primary school teacher or that after 5 years of teaching you hated it, then your degree isn't really useful in industry because you spent 3 years honing and developing skills that is strictly for one setting: a classroom.

    Doing Literature opens up more options; publishing, advertising, marketing, PR, Human Resources etc etc. It gives you a lot more transferable skills than the primary education degree.

    I recommend you do a Lit degree, then perhaps work in industry first and then go into teaching. If you wanna work your way up to becoming a headmaster, then most schools will want you to have a MA in Education. Unless you wanna work your way from the top and be about 50 by the time you can become headmaster and then retire in 10 years.

    I think you need to do a lot more research on what you want to do and just give it some time.
    Thank you! That advice really helped. I guess its better to do literature as I will leave my options more open. I will look into what I want to do further, I just hope everything goes to plan
 
 
 
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