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Rain143
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Hi guys,
So I have applied to university for both education studies and primary school teaching with QTS however I’m conflicted.
I’ve heard that the PGCE can be very intense so I wondered if it’s better to do QTS over the 3 years then a masters in Education
Or Undergraduate degree in education studies then do a PGCE.
It seems like either way I’ll end up with the same outcome is true to some degree but I just wonder if the PGCE will be too intense when I could just be a qualified teacher in three years but less intense?
Which do you suggest?
I hope this makes sense!
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(Original post by Rain143)
Hi guys,
So I have applied to university for both education studies and primary school teaching with QTS however I’m conflicted.
I’ve heard that the PGCE can be very intense so I wondered if it’s better to do QTS over the 3 years then a masters in Education
Or Undergraduate degree in education studies then do a PGCE.
It seems like either way I’ll end up with the same outcome is true to some degree but I just wonder if the PGCE will be too intense when I could just be a qualified teacher in three years but less intense?
Which do you suggest?
I hope this makes sense!
The PGCE is a very intense year- the three year course is possibly less stressful, although I'm sure placements are still intense. If you're sure you want to do teaching, I probably would go for a 3 year B.Ed - the undergraduate route then PGCE is better for people who aren't 100% sure and want to do a non-education based undergraduate degree. I don't think there's many doors that an education studies degree would open, that a B.Ed wouldn't- but ultimately you should choose the course you prefer.
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Thank you so much for your advice! I’m still so conflicted
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I'm on the QTS course now. From what others have told me, PGCE is intense. However, QTS is too, but it's impossible to compare the two having only done this one. Furthermore, I'd imagine there is a difference between secondary/primary (i.e. secondary you tend to specialise).

Like Sarkandspark says, if you're certain that you want to teach, and you have what it takes, then I'd personally opt for the QTS, that was my approach.

If you want to know what my course (at my uni- different unis have different approaches) is like, let me know and I can explain.
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