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So in the last couple of years I've started to think more about taking a look at becoming a teacher. This has been fulled predominantly by friends and family saying they think it's the type of career I'd be good at, but also something that I feel I've very vaguely wondered about for a while. Geography was always my favourite subject at school (A at A-Level) and an area I'm particularly interested in outside of work - particularly human geography.

Unfortunately, I haven't had 'being a teacher' in mind with anything I've done since leaving school. I'm mid-twenties with a BSc Marketing and Management degree from Newcastle and 2 or 3 years working in marketing professionally. It feels like it would be a fairly colossal shift to start on the teacher training route now, but wondered if anyone had some thoughts?

Currently, I think the only probably route I have is to do a Masters in something Geography related (to make being hired as a teacher likely), then a PGCE (probably in Geography again, this could be school direct or university-led), then I'd apply to be NQT.

Am I over-complicating this, or is this the only reasonable route I have?
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(Original post by fredu15)
So in the last couple of years I've started to think more about taking a look at becoming a teacher. This has been fulled predominantly by friends and family saying they think it's the type of career I'd be good at, but also something that I feel I've very vaguely wondered about for a while. Geography was always my favourite subject at school (A at A-Level) and an area I'm particularly interested in outside of work - particularly human geography.

Unfortunately, I haven't had 'being a teacher' in mind with anything I've done since leaving school. I'm mid-twenties with a BSc Marketing and Management degree from Newcastle and 2 or 3 years working in marketing professionally. It feels like it would be a fairly colossal shift to start on the teacher training route now, but wondered if anyone had some thoughts?

Currently, I think the only probably route I have is to do a Masters in something Geography related (to make being hired as a teacher likely), then a PGCE (probably in Geography again, this could be school direct or university-led), then I'd apply to be NQT.

Am I over-complicating this, or is this the only reasonable route I have?
Geography was a shortage subject for a while, so I don't know if there's any mileage in asking unis if they'd consider you with a non-relevant degree. Or you could perhaps consider teaching business studies.

If neither of those routes are possible, then I think your suggestion is the only other route open to you.
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There are quite a few geography teachers without geography degrees, for instance there was an economics and also a history graduate on my geography PGCE course 2018-19 (and they both got geography jobs). Subject degrees (increasingly) develop specialisation which is good, but in teaching as in my case despite being well qualified in my subject on paper (BA MSc PhD) I found difficulty (and a lack of interest) in teaching the geography curriculum. I knew the mismatch from the outset (niche interest and knowledge in cultural and historical geography vs a broad sweep of geography, including physical geography).

Based on the above, I am not sure a masters in geography is needed, at base at least. However, there are lots of good reasons to do one as well.

Many prospective teachers without or even with degrees in the subject they want to teach do what is called a ‘subject knowledge enhancement course’ with a campus or online provider prior to training. This can vary in length (weeks to months) depending on the subject knowledge needs of the student to teach the curriculum.

If you have not already done so, take a look at the government’s geography curriculum online, some school geography curriculums and exam board syllabuses to look at what the content is.
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Hi fredu15

I would recommend speaking with the Initial Teacher Training Providers you want to do your course with, with regard the fact your degree is not in the subject you want to teach. They will be able to help and advise you on this. It's worth also speaking with a Teacher Training Adviser to help you to identify the best teacher training courses for you. Call 0800 389 2500 between 8:30 - 5pm, Mon - Fri and ask for one if you don't have one already.

Hope this helps Olivia
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