Steesh92
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Hoping someone can offer some advice, I’m 26 highest qual is intermediate 2. I would like to get into teaching biology. I’ve had a look at the options available and from what I can tell, I can either complete an access course then a four year undergrad teaching/biology or potentially complete a degree with the ou and do my higher english alongside, either way it seems as though I need the higher english as my work experience etc doesn’t seem to matter much from what I’ve gathered seaking to unis. I am working full time at present but would give it up or go part time if I needed to.

Unsure what would be the best/quickest route, any advice?
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Hi

I've moved this thread to the Teacher Training forums where hopefully you can get more specialist advice.

It is a requirement in the UK that to have QTS you need an undergraduate degree. Most unis won't accept you onto the ITT (initial teacher training) course unless your degree subject is at least 50% relevant content to the national curriculum in your subject. There isn't really any negotiation on this currently. A degree from the OU would be fine, though, so it's really up to you if you want to study at a brick university or not.

An OU degree would probably be a quicker route, but you might be a bit less supported in your study, so do have a think about how you would cope with this.

Hope this helps a bit!
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Thanks for this, wasn’t quite sure where would be best to put this.

is QTS needed in Scotland, not quite sure, if it is that’s another year added to study?

I think the main issue is I don’t have any highers/A levels and any uni other than the ou, this is a requirement to get on the pgde. I’m trying to work out if it would be better to do the degree with the ou whilst getting the highers needed, or potentially look at an access programme that avoids the highers and start the degree a year later at a standard uni, not really sure what would be the best route to prepare me for a degree. Plus the fact that I believe access programmes are quite scarce and I’ve had difficulty speaking with colleges about obtaining the highers.

Just really unsure about which to take as I haven’t met/spoke With anyone who has had to go back and resit highers/ A levels before going on to uni
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