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I am set to take my undergraduate sociology degree at university of Birmingham this September. I want to be a sociology teacher but I have some questions that I’d be really happy if someone could answer.
1) Is it competitive and hard to get into social sciences PGCE courses as subjects like sociology aren’t taught at secondary as much?
2) Would you recommend doing it with a joint honours? The only one I considered is education and sociology as I feel like other subjects such as criminology/psychology etc would be harder as I didn’t do them at a level ( I did English language, sociology and health and social care)
2) Could I teach a subject like health and social care (i also did a subsidiary diploma in this at combined with my a levels) with a sociology degree?
I appreciate any responses to put my mind at ease. Thank you
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Hi,
I am set to take my undergraduate sociology degree at university of Birmingham this September. I want to be a sociology teacher but I have some questions that I’d be really happy if someone could answer.
1) Is it competitive and hard to get into social sciences PGCE courses as subjects like sociology aren’t taught at secondary as much?
2) Would you recommend doing it with a joint honours? The only one I considered is education and sociology as I feel like other subjects such as criminology/psychology etc would be harder as I didn’t do them at a level ( I did English language, sociology and health and social care)
2) Could I teach a subject like health and social care (i also did a subsidiary diploma in this at combined with my a levels) with a sociology degree?
I appreciate any responses to put my mind at ease. Thank you
1) It will be more competitive, but if you want to teach, you will be able to find a place unless there are major issues with your application.

2) I don't think there is any benefit to doing joint honours, but equally if you want to do joint honours, you should.

3) Yes. Health and social care is not offered by all schools and will usually be taught by non-specialists with some relevant experience of the course.
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(Original post by muskaanxx)
Hi,
I am set to take my undergraduate sociology degree at university of Birmingham this September. I want to be a sociology teacher but I have some questions that I’d be really happy if someone could answer.
1) Is it competitive and hard to get into social sciences PGCE courses as subjects like sociology aren’t taught at secondary as much?
2) Would you recommend doing it with a joint honours? The only one I considered is education and sociology as I feel like other subjects such as criminology/psychology etc would be harder as I didn’t do them at a level ( I did English language, sociology and health and social care)
2) Could I teach a subject like health and social care (i also did a subsidiary diploma in this at combined with my a levels) with a sociology degree?
I appreciate any responses to put my mind at ease. Thank you
HI muskaanxx

I'm a Sociology teacher! I did my degree in Sociology and then a PGCE in post 16 education (followed by a QTLS program which means I can teach in high schools too, through a body that no longer exists).

To give you a true picture, I would say that in teaching, if you can teach a subject such as english, maths, or science then you are pretty much guaranteed a job. With Sociology you would been skilled to teach a variety of different subjects such as sociology (obviously), health studies, education studies, and at a push media studies - i've taught 'em all! Sociology is not as in demand as something like Psychology, which is perceived as being a bit more employable for graduates.

Keep an eye out for Access to HE teaching jobs, it is a great place to get started

What is key is to make the most of the opportunities that arrive and it's always useful to have an older teacher as a mentor to give advice and guidance. When you get into teaching, I would continue to develop your skills through CPD. I became a qualified SENDCo too as back up too (there is a brilliant program all online at Leeds Beckett for that), and I am also currently doing my MSc in Psychology at Arden University

I'm sure you will make a great teacher!

Marc
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1) It will be more competitive, but if you want to teach, you will be able to find a place unless there are major issues with your application.

2) I don't think there is any benefit to doing joint honours, but equally if you want to do joint honours, you should.

3) Yes. Health and social care is not offered by all schools and will usually be taught by non-specialists with some relevant experience of the course.
Thank you so much. I think I’m going to do a joint honours in education and sociology as the modules seem more exciting to do. Thanks so much for your reply I appreciate it so much
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HI muskaanxx

I'm a Sociology teacher! I did my degree in Sociology and then a PGCE in post 16 education (followed by a QTLS program which means I can teach in high schools too, through a body that no longer exists).

To give you a true picture, I would say that in teaching, if you can teach a subject such as english, maths, or science then you are pretty much guaranteed a job. With Sociology you would been skilled to teach a variety of different subjects such as sociology (obviously), health studies, education studies, and at a push media studies - i've taught 'em all! Sociology is not as in demand as something like Psychology, which is perceived as being a bit more employable for graduates.

Keep an eye out for Access to HE teaching jobs, it is a great place to get started

What is key is to make the most of the opportunities that arrive and it's always useful to have an older teacher as a mentor to give advice and guidance. When you get into teaching, I would continue to develop your skills through CPD. I became a qualified SENDCo too as back up too (there is a brilliant program all online at Leeds Beckett for that), and I am also currently doing my MSc in Psychology at Arden University

I'm sure you will make a great teacher!

Marc
Arden University Student Ambassador
Thanks so much for your reply I appreciate it. I think I’m going to do a joint honours in education and sociology as the modules seem more exciting and there are psychology modules too, should I need to teach it though my dream is to teach sociology. Would you recommend the joint honours or will someone will a full sociology degree have more of an advantage over me? Good luck in your studies I hope you ace it and become really successful
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