Teaching English EnquiryWatch
I am from France and I am planning to study an undergraduate course in UK. I want to become an English teacher and teach at secondary in the UK but I remain clueless about which degree I should hold to ensure me an employment. I'm thinking taking an English BA bit I don't know if it suits well my career project. People tend to say it is necessary to specialise so I'm lost.
thank you for your time!
In the title, do you mean teaching English as in that’s what you want to do?
- Study Helper
Well actually I don't know what an English class at secondary schools covers, but yes I want to teach in
A-levels or IB in English Literature, Language or the combined A-level.
a degree in English Literature, Language, Linguistics or Creative Writing. Although English Literature/Language has a better success than Ling or CW.
English secondary schools is all about language and literature. You'd teach novels, plays and poetry. You'd also teach language in terms of writing to persuade, inform, explain, describe, etc. You'll also get the opportunity to teach a little bit of creative writing, usually in KS3 for descriptive writing, with a lot of focus on grammar such as adjectives, verbs, nouns etc.
You could also have the opportunity to teach A-level in Literature or Language (if you followed a Language degree or did you teacher training teaching A-level Language).
After your degree, the best course would be followed by a PGCE which is a post-grad qualification. This then brings you to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), then NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher).
English government are always desperate for teachers as they're always leaving in drones. It's a tough profession in English schools, with many teachers have discouraged aspiring students to stay away from British teaching because it's awful. Many teachers leave to go to New Zealand instead.
However, government has said today teachers will get a 3.5% rise increase. It is one of the most satisfying jobs in the world. But you have to have a passion for it.