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I am currently doing my Pgce and I am on my placement teaching Access to He History and Politics. I am really happy where I am and have got used to the students that I am teaching and also my mentor. However, I have been recently told that majority of the jobs are at A-level and that I will not be accepted into A-level jobs because my experience is in Access to He.
I have been recommended to change my placement if I can and if not do my Pgce next year.

This has made me feel very disheartened! why give access as a placement to students and then basically suggest that they won’t find a job???

I want to know how realistic that is and if I will be a considered applicant if I were to apply to teaching A-level with my experience in Access teaching.
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Hi,

I am currently doing my Pgce and I am on my placement teaching Access to He History and Politics. I am really happy where I am and have got used to the students that I am teaching and also my mentor. However, I have been recently told that majority of the jobs are at A-level and that I will not be accepted into A-level jobs because my experience is in Access to He.
I have been recommended to change my placement if I can and if not do my Pgce next year.

This has made me feel very disheartened! why give access as a placement to students and then basically suggest that they won’t find a job???

I want to know how realistic that is and if I will be a considered applicant if I were to apply to teaching A-level with my experience in Access teaching.
You can probably find a job anyway there is a severe lack of teachers in general the government literally advertises for it on the tv and gives out grants for it which if u have done it u probably know so it’s probably fine - supply in demand
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(Original post by Albsxxx)
Hi,

I am currently doing my Pgce and I am on my placement teaching Access to He History and Politics. I am really happy where I am and have got used to the students that I am teaching and also my mentor. However, I have been recently told that majority of the jobs are at A-level and that I will not be accepted into A-level jobs because my experience is in Access to He.
I have been recommended to change my placement if I can and if not do my Pgce next year.

This has made me feel very disheartened! why give access as a placement to students and then basically suggest that they won’t find a job???

I want to know how realistic that is and if I will be a considered applicant if I were to apply to teaching A-level with my experience in Access teaching.
There's a lot going on here.

Is your pgce in FE skills and post 16? Is it through a university or sponsored by a college / school..

You are right in that the majority of post 16-18 jobs are in a level (access to he is usually 18 +?)

As for the getting a job based on your experience I dont think anyone here - unless we have some heads of departments - will be able to answer that. You would need to look at the application requirements on the job descriptions. There should be plenty on TES soon.
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(Original post by Albsxxx)
Hi,

I am currently doing my Pgce and I am on my placement teaching Access to He History and Politics. I am really happy where I am and have got used to the students that I am teaching and also my mentor. However, I have been recently told that majority of the jobs are at A-level and that I will not be accepted into A-level jobs because my experience is in Access to He.
I have been recommended to change my placement if I can and if not do my Pgce next year.

This has made me feel very disheartened! why give access as a placement to students and then basically suggest that they won’t find a job???

I want to know how realistic that is and if I will be a considered applicant if I were to apply to teaching A-level with my experience in Access teaching.
You should have two placements during the PGCE- will your other one offer you A-level experience?

I disagree that it will be necessarily easy to find a job- post 16 jobs are more popular, and history is not really a shortage subject. Many experienced teachers moving out of schools will look for post 16 jobs. However, a lot can also depend on what the job market is like where you are.

Talk to your ITT provider and find out if you will get A-level experience next placement.
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