Hi,Since as long as I can remember I've always wanted to be a teacher (preferably Primary) and I'm currently 17 and a few of my friends will be starting uni in Sept 2018. Thinking about it now i would really like to go to uni but i am unsure of whether or not i can as i do not have any UCAS points. I started college last September doing level 2 media production and technology but ended up dropping out and starting an apprenticeship instead. Obviously I have no UCAS points and have no idea how i am going to get any. A friend recommended that i do an access course but i'm not sure whether this would be possible right now as i am in an apprenticeship until next April meaning i wouldn't be able to start the course until next September (Not ideal as i would be a year behind all my friends and most other people at uni but it's not the end of the world).Would doing an access course get me the UCAS points i need and would it make me eligible to go to uni? I would like to do a Primary Education course and would probably need around 120 points. Also, I have GCSE's in Maths and English so i understand i would need to retake science (even though i got a C in biology but because it was collective science) What would be the best way of going about this?Also, Could anyone recommend any decent Uni's in or around the Cheshire area?Thanks
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- 18-07-2017 01:23
- 18-07-2017 01:39
I just took an access course and am going to Uni to study Primary Ed in September, so yes, it can definitely get you the UCAS points you need. However, you need to be at least 18 to start on an access course and they are pretty full on so you'd have to be dedicated to get the grades you need. As for being a year behind your friends, I doubt there is much to be done about that at this point. Does it really matter though? Most people do not go to the same University as their friends anyway and everyone does their own thing at their own pace. I'm 21 and only just now starting University, there really isn't a reason you'd have to do it at the same time as others your age.
The best thing to do would probably be to take new AS/A levels from September. Primary Ed courses at Uni commonly look for A Levels in an english, maths, a science, and/or psychology. (I took Lit, Psychology and Biology on my access course and got offers from all the Unis I applied for). What is your apprenticeship in? Is it education related? If not drop it and it won't help you become a teacher.
As for GCSE science, check local colleges. I retook my GCSE maths last year by doing evening classes at my local college. It was pretty straight forward. Some Uni's might accept a GCSE in Biology though, so it's worth emailing a few to find out.
- 19-07-2017 23:43
I would suggest that you look to first retake your science GCSE as it need's to be a C but you seem to know that. As Wanderlust96 says this could be completed through an evening course, or it could be that you do this during the day. Both of these are viable options, although, if there is no real point just doing one GCSE in the day so evening would be better. Then it would be best to try and gain some UCAS points whether through A Levels or through a BTEC. You may have to do this after gaining your science GCSE however.
It would also be good to get some experience in schools as this is another entry requirement. I did this by writing some letters to local schools to me and most were happy to have me so I worked with a year 2 class two days a week whilst doing my A Levels. This will also give you a chance to get a feel of working in a school and working with children. Make notes of what you do and stay professional throughout your time in schools.
Don't worry about your age compared to your friends. People go to university at all sorts of ages, on my course, I know that there are many mature students much older than you would be when you start and we all get on. Some of your friends may even chose to take a gap year.
The University of Chester may be good for you as it's always best to study near where you want to teach when you have finished study.
Good luck and if you have any further questions or would like to know more about what a primary education degree entails feel free to message me or reply on here as I've just finished my first year of university studying primary education (specialising in maths).