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Brain Gone
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Hey there,
I basically did my A level a year ago in Economics, Physics and Maths and I got C, D and E. I know I flopped like big time. Anyways then I did foundation year in law and got 60% overall.

My focus is trying for business but as a backup
now I want to do teaching in Secondary School in Economics or Physics or anything really. I don't really care if it's even a lowest tier, what undergraduate and postgraduate should I do?


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You may wish to do a BA in your specialism so you have a subject to teach.
BA Hons (3years) in education studies or PGCE (PGCE is a postgrad course for one year after a BA).
Have a look at PGCE QTS courses in secondary education as postgrad. There’s many of these around.

Good luck!
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You may wish to do a BA in your specialism so you have a subject to teach.
BA Hons (3years) in education studies or PGCE (PGCE is a postgrad course for one year after a BA).
Have a look at PGCE QTS courses in secondary education as postgrad. There’s many of these around.

Good luck!
So if I do a BA in Education and PGCE in Physics that's all I need to teach Physics in Secondary School?

And thank you for the reply
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So if I do a BA in Education and PGCE in Physics that's all I need to teach Physics in Secondary School?

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I think you need to decide where you'd like to teach (primary or secondary) and what subject (if secondary). If you're into STEM subjects like Physics, Maths, Chemistry etc or foreign languages, then you'll be in very, very high demand.

Your A levels don't really matter. Pretty sure you just need a B in GCSE English Lang and Maths as minimum requirements and then an undergrad degree/postgrad after that.
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So if I do a BA in Education and PGCE in Physics that's all I need to teach Physics in Secondary School?

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Some providers may require you to do a SKE (Subject knowledge Enhancement) course to secure your place on a PGCE Physics course. If you don't have a degree in Physics.

Also, I would strongly recommend (when Schools allow) gaining some work experience in schools which will see whether you like teaching and also help you with your teaching application.
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Some providers may require you to do a SKE (Subject knowledge Enhancement) course to secure your place on a PGCE Physics course. If you don't have a degree in Physics.

Also, I would strongly recommend (when Schools allow) gaining some work experience in schools which will see whether you like teaching and also help you with your teaching application.
Nice nice. Thanks man I'll look into it.
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I think you need to decide where you'd like to teach (primary or secondary) and what subject (if secondary). If you're into STEM subjects like Physics, Maths, Chemistry etc or foreign languages, then you'll be in very, very high demand.

Your A levels don't really matter. Pretty sure you just need a B in GCSE English Lang and Maths as minimum requirements and then an undergrad degree/postgrad after that.
That A level not mattering is great. So a BA in education gets me to physics?

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That A level not mattering is great. So a BA in education gets me to physics?

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I'm not sure, actually. For secondary teaching, people usually do a degree in the subject they want to teach and then do a 1 year PGCE (which is similar to doing a Master's degree in education). So, I imagine it'd be better for you to do a Physics degree first.
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Degree needs to be at least 50% in the subject you want to teach. Best bet is to do a physics degree then a physics pgce.
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That A level not mattering is great. So a BA in education gets me to physics?

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You will probably need minimum B since you don't have a degree in that subject. IMO, you don't need a degree in that subject unless you are teaching undergrads because the depth is not there at A level.
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BA in Education is only useful (but not essential) if you want to be a Primary Teacher. If you want to be a secondary teacher, your best bet is to do a degree in the subject you intend to teach (although if you did say an Engineering degree, the provider may ask you to do a SKE course in Physics).

A PGCE is 60 credits towards a Masters so you would still need to do 120 credits to gain the full Masters. The PGCE is actually two qualifications (a Postgraduate Certificate of Education - 60 Masters credits and QTS Qualified Teacher Status which enables you to teach in state schools.

There's more information on the Get Into Teaching Website https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk
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Nice nice. Thanks man I'll look into it.
This is wrong.. a BA degree in Education is not sufficient.. you will need a physics related degree ie. In mechanical engineering or physics or electrical engineering
If a uni accepts your a levels grade, then you’d be set! But If not u can study a degree with the OU they dont care about previous grades!!
But make sure u look at PGCE entry requirements- from my research they want : 360 credits Hons degree at 2:2 or above and GCSEs in Maths, English lang & one science (for primary) at grade 4/C
Get experience just to see what u’ll do.. and to build ur Pgce PS! Good luck
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