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    I recently finished year 12 and I am considering a career in secondary school teaching but I am considering doing a joint honours degree of some kind (e.g. Classics and film studies). Would this put me at a disadvantage when applying for teacher training courses? Would I only be able to teach the subject I completed the training course for or would some organisations not consider me for either?
    Any advice is appreciated.
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    What "training course" are you referring to? The undergraduate degree, or the subject specific PGCE afterwards?

    You require a PGCE in the subject(s) you intend to teach as far as I am aware - some have "joint" PGCE courses to accomodate common joint teaching responsibities, e.g. maths and physics, multiple languages, etc. However you don't necessarily need to have studied the precise subject of the PGCE before as long as what you're studying is fairly closely allied. For example, classics (and film studies in a joint honours course, and possibly on it's own) would likely be suitable to pursue an english PGCE. I myself had an english lit teacher who studied philosophy at university.
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    You can become a teacher with a degree that's irrelevant. You will need to do PGCE (Post-graduate certificate of education) and most likely a short "top-up" type course on the subject that you wish to teach in if your degree isn't relevant.

    I would say though, be aware of how it'll look on your CV. If you wanna go teach something like maths and you did a course in graphic design, and had a top-up course with a GCSE and you were up against someone who specialised in maths in their degree, an employer would probably go for the person with the maths degree
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    Thanks for your advice. I have English lit A level at least so hopefully that would help me if I ended up doing and English PGCE.
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    (Original post by flipper1r)
    Thanks for your advice. I have English lit A level at least so hopefully that would help me if I ended up doing and English PGCE.
    Yes, you can always do a 'top up' course (like a conversion course, essentially), so I wouldn't worry unduly that your degree doesn't exactly correlate with the subject(s) you're interested in teaching.
 
 
 
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