Pathway to Becoming a Primary School Teacher Watch

emmalxuise
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I've been researching so much about how to become a primary school teacher but I am still unsure on many areas...

I am currently in Year 12 and I study History, Politics and Religious Studies. I am aiming to go to university but I have no idea on what course I have to do which will help me to become a primary school teacher.

I am very interested in doing Politics or History/Politics at university but I am unsure if these are the right choices. My main understanding of the teacher pathway is that I could do a three year course on the subject degree I want and then continue on to do the PGCE course???? Also I am not very sure on the QTS course and what that includes! Do I have to do a course such as Primary Education, Early Childhood Studies or Education Studies in order to help me become a teacher???

I definitely want to do Politics at university so would it still help me to become a primary school teacher?????
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I want to know the courses to...I want to teach yr 1 and 2 but I don't know if I need to choose specific a-levels and which courses I wud pick at uni
I wud like to pick sociology, law and Art for a-level but it doesn't seem appropriate...also I don't know if I shud do a-levels or a BTEC called "early years educator"
(I'm currently in yr 11)
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(Original post by Zabidoo)
I want to know the courses to...I want to teach yr 1 and 2 but I don't know if I need to choose specific a-levels and which courses I wud pick at uni
I wud like to pick sociology, law and Art for a-level but it doesn't seem appropriate...also I don't know if I shud do a-levels or a BTEC called "early years educator"
(I'm currently in yr 11)
Hi Zabidoo,

I've answered one of your other questions, but I've noticed this is a different question.

At A Level or BTEC, the subjects you study do not really matter. However, some universities offer subject specialisms which train you to lead that subject in a primary school (on top of the usual teaching of everything in the curriculum), these specialisms will want an A Level in that subject, so if you want a specialism, I would pick it at A Levels. Specialisms are not that common, so check out the local universities to you. A BTEC in early years is going to look good for a 3-7 or early childhood course; however, if you do these courses and decide you want a career away from teaching it may limit your options. I see you want to teach years 1 and 2, but be sure of that and gain experience on different year groups.

Regarding the OP's question (for anyone who sees this), there are different routes into teaching - doing a degree (in anything) then a PGCE is only one of them. I would suggest you research BEd, PGCE, Teach First, SCITT courses as well as any others that you come across to see which is right for you.
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Do whatever A levels and degree you want. A pgce will accept you onto their course following your degree if you can demonstrate a genuine interest in kids (get some experience in a kids club maybe in summer hols), and good academic standards.

Following your degree, you can do a pgce through a university, or through a school (school direct). This is all through ucas, and a very wide range of degrees are accepted.

I do wonder though, if you’re already set on becoming a teacher, why are you spending 3 years studying politics? You won’t be able to teach that to yr1-2, and it might seem a strange choice to future employers.

Best of luck,
Lucy
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