Can I teach history and law at a secondary school/ college Watch

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I am doing my law degree and should complete it with a 1 or a very high 2:1. I would really love to be a secondary teacher but I know that law teachers are uncommon and often part time. I did history at A Level and love it.Would I be able to be a History and law teacher if I did a History masters?A lot of PGCE application state “a degree in your relevant area of study” so would a masters suffice?Also would I even be able to get onto a History Masters with a Law degree?Thank you for any responses
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I may be wrong but if you do a PGCE course as a post grad in order to become a secondary teacher, you choose to specialise in a subject either identical or related to your degree. If that bit is correct I'd assume you could teach History through only doing a PGCE focusing on teaching History due to your Law degree being related (I would only assume) rather than a Masters in History as well and save time and money.
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(Original post by Kjuly)
I am doing my law degree and should complete it with a 1 or a very high 2:1. I would really love to be a secondary teacher but I know that law teachers are uncommon and often part time. I did history at A Level and love it.Would I be able to be a History and law teacher if I did a History masters?A lot of PGCE application state “a degree in your relevant area of study” so would a masters suffice?Also would I even be able to get onto a History Masters with a Law degree?Thank you for any responses
Also update upon some quick research between UCL and Gloucestershire respectively on secondary PGCE courses I found this:
UCL - Wants a degree with at least 50% History content, which I would assume your Law degree has but an email to admissions would easily clarify.
Gloucestershire - States a 'relevant subject' which 100% should mean Law is acceptable

They are just higher and lower ranking examples I found either could suit you better depending if UCL counts your degree as 50% History. Also both require a 2:2 interestingly but hopefully that helped clarify things a little?
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Also update upon some quick research between UCL and Gloucestershire respectively on secondary PGCE courses I found this:
UCL - Wants a degree with at least 50% History content, which I would assume your Law degree has but an email to admissions would easily clarify.
Gloucestershire - States a 'relevant subject' which 100% should mean Law is acceptable

They are just higher and lower ranking examples I found either could suit you better depending if UCL counts your degree as 50% History. Also both require a 2:2 interestingly but hopefully that helped clarify things a little?
Thanks I will email the local universities around me (North east) to see whether a law degree would suffice for a History PGCE. 😊
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(Original post by TheRadishPrince)
Also update upon some quick research between UCL and Gloucestershire respectively on secondary PGCE courses I found this:
UCL - Wants a degree with at least 50% History content, which I would assume your Law degree has but an email to admissions would easily clarify.
Gloucestershire - States a 'relevant subject' which 100% should mean Law is acceptable

They are just higher and lower ranking examples I found either could suit you better depending if UCL counts your degree as 50% History. Also both require a 2:2 interestingly but hopefully that helped clarify things a little?
Hate to be negative but I doubt that 50% of a Law degree is History...

When they say 50% I think they're really looking for applicants who are doing joint degrees in, for example, History and Law or History and Politics...
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(Original post by Kjuly)
I am doing my law degree and should complete it with a 1 or a very high 2:1. I would really love to be a secondary teacher but I know that law teachers are uncommon and often part time. I did history at A Level and love it.Would I be able to be a History and law teacher if I did a History masters?A lot of PGCE application state “a degree in your relevant area of study” so would a masters suffice?Also would I even be able to get onto a History Masters with a Law degree?Thank you for any responses
As RadishPrince has mentioned, many universities will require 50% of a degree to be in the subject you wish to teach. Masters may be a good idea for you more generally for employment prospects if not specifically for the teacher training course. That or take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. (See here) It might be worth emailing teacher training providers (ie. the university departments) and asking whether a law degree + SKE would be enough history to get you in.
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I may be wrong but if you do a PGCE course as a post grad in order to become a secondary teacher, you choose to specialise in a subject either identical or related to your degree. If that bit is correct I'd assume you could teach History through only doing a PGCE focusing on teaching History due to your Law degree being related (I would only assume) rather than a Masters in History as well and save time and money.
You do choose to specialise but you have to demonstrate that you have qualifications/knowledge in that area because the Teacher Training provider will not supply that knowledge, only the skills regarding teaching practice. A law degree is not close to History in the nature of study (maybe some topics can be close together sometimes) but the way you write about both is quite different.
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