Becoming a primary school teacher

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Dinosaur27
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What qualifications would I need to become a primary school teacher? I'm not currently overly qualified, I only hold a B in GCSE ENGLISH Language and a C in GCSE Maths. All other gcses d or below and no A Levels. I'm 28 and have only worked in retail for 10 years. I'm thinking of maybe a course to up my GCSEs and then an access course, then university and a PGCE. But this may take many years.
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Hello! Generally to become a Primary School teacher it is through doing a PGCE after a degree, doing a specialist degree in Primary Education with QTS, or through access schemes where you complete your teacher training whilst working in a school. You could contact a university that is offering a Primary Education undergraduate degree and see what they say- you may be able to do a Foundation Year before it which would make up for not having done A Levels so then your whole experience would only be 4 years. I'm not sure if you'd be able to do it any quicker than that, although I don't know too much about the different possibilities so it could be doable!, but I think if it's something you really want to do then it would be worth it
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(Original post by Dinosaur27)
What qualifications would I need to become a primary school teacher? I'm not currently overly qualified, I only hold a B in GCSE ENGLISH Language and a C in GCSE Maths. All other gcses d or below and no A Levels. I'm 28 and have only worked in retail for 10 years. I'm thinking of maybe a course to up my GCSEs and then an access course, then university and a PGCE. But this may take many years.
You don't need to worry about GCSEs. In terms of GCSEs, all you need to become a primary school teacher are Cs in Maths, English and Science (if you don't have this you can ask universities about equivalency tests) . The best thing to do is to do an access course and maybe try an undergraduate teacher training degree. Alternatively, you could do a two-year degree and then go on to do a PGCE. The best thing to do is contact universities because at the end of the day it is doable and shouldn't really take more than 3 years.
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Hi ☺️ I’m a mature student at 22, and I’m currently studying to become a PS teacher. My University’s requirements are: 5 GCSEs grades A-C (including Math, English and Science), 3 A-Levels, grades AAB, and relevant experience working with children, with specific experience within a primary school setting. Before gaining a place on this degree, I had to complete a sit down interview and also make a 10 minute presentation about why I was suitable for the degree. My degree is 4 years long, however there are plenty of different avenues to become a PS teacher.

You already have the main GCSEs that you need, and depending on specific universities, the GCSEs you currently have may be enough! An access course may substitute for A Levels, but every university is different so you’ll have to do your research for the specific unis that you’re interested in.

If you want to complete a 3 year degree first, make sure it is within a curriculum subject such as English, Geography, Drama etc, and once graduated, you’ll need to complete a PGCE with QTS (qualified teaching status) afterwards! Or, you can opt to complete a BEd Primary (Bachelor of Education) degree which leaves you as a fully qualified PS teacher once you graduate (no need for a PGCE).

I’d advise for you to check your preferred university’s website and the entry requirements for either a PGCE or a BEd will be listed
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