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Course Decision- PGCE Primary / Media&Communications?

Hi!
I just wanted to get advice from as many people as I can, since I need to make a tough decision of which course I should take next year 2022/23.
I graduated uni in August with BA Korean Language&Literature, BEd Education Culture and BA Communications.

And I got accepted by:
LSE MA Media&Communication &
UCL PGCE Primary .



Initially, I am fond of teaching: I have had tons of part-time jobs related to education and in academies. I just quit job teaching primary school students English in a small academy and will be working as an English RC Publishing Company starting January. I like English and Education, but have never taught big classes of 30 or more(which makes me so nervous). Gladly I got accepted by UCL!

The point of my hesitation is that I am from Korea, and they do not accept neither PGCE nor QTS as a proper certificate for teaching students. PGCE does not even grant a masters degree, so if I fail in securing a job in the UK, my whole study abroad experience would be a total waste of time as there is nothing that I can use as part of my career development. Also, being an international student, I am afraid of whether I could get my job secured(you know, being a foreigner and an Asian whose native language is not English and stuff). I also heard primary school teachers are not much in demand in the UK as before, which makes me nervous as it might be harder for me to secure a job through much talented, competitive teachers whose native language is actually English.


With the MA M&C course, I applied because I have a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Most of all, my parents really think I should learn Media&Communications rather than teaching because teachers have a limit of going up in their career path, and have lack of diversity when it comes to choosing a job(e.c.: teacher training only leads to becoming a teacher and you can’t really expect your worth to rise that much compared to other jobs). It’s not that I dislike media or do not have interest in it- I am afraid because it’s been a long time since I took media courses in uni, and I haven’t had any experience regarding this particular field; I feel like I am jumping into the void. I know this course would give me more opportunities for my job selection in the future as well as a masters degree which I can actually use when I go back to Korea, but I don’t know if I could get a secure job like teaching and I don’t have much information as I have with education.

My stupid brain just goes on and on.. also thinking about settling in a foreign country alone. I would have to pay the rent, pay for the bills… with no one to help me. The whole ‘being alone without family(aka. my safety net)’ thing is already intimidating, so evntually my thoughts would end in places like ‘what can I do to live a happy life with a decent job and a decent house? Is becoming a teacher better? Or a journalist? What about the salaries? Is being a teacher worth it? I love teaching, but teachers are known for getting low salaries compared to their workload. In that case, would becoming a media graduate better?’ ….


To sum, I think I have more comfort and passion in education but it’s too much of a risk when I think of failing getting a job in the UK(and YES I am an overthinker and I always think about what I should do when I fail). And I do not know anything about teaching in the UK- I love this country and I love London but I haven’t taught more than 10 students atst and I keep asking this question: Will I be enough to teach them? Media can give me much diversity in job and I can be awarded a masters degree, but I’m intimidated coz I don’t have much confidence in the overall subject knowledge and I don’t know what I’m jumping into. I don’t see much passion in this field as education but I know I would be getting a better salary whatever I do after graduating M&C.

I need to decide my offer by the end of this year, and this thought that just keeps going on and on and on has been killing me as both courses are awfully good and rewarding.

If you have any suggestions about what I should choose, or any info about LSE M&C or UCL PGCE Primary, please do share it with me! I am literally open with all comments and advice at this point😂😭 HELP
Heyy, fellow overththinker over here :smile:What did you end up choosing? I'm also considering doing a PGCE in primary with languages, but I'm afraid nobody will take me seriously, since I am a non-native speaker! I have been teaching English for 2 years and I know I do love teaching....but 9000£ is a lot of money and I really want to be sure that I'm making the right decisionGood luck to us!
Heyy, what did you choose? I'm in a similar situation...I'm thinking of studying PGCE primary with languages, but I'm afraid I won't be good enough since I'm a non-native speaker...Big overththinker here too :frown:
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Original post by CATEPO94
Heyy, fellow overththinker over here :smile:What did you end up choosing? I'm also considering doing a PGCE in primary with languages, but I'm afraid nobody will take me seriously, since I am a non-native speaker! I have been teaching English for 2 years and I know I do love teaching....but 9000£ is a lot of money and I really want to be sure that I'm making the right decisionGood luck to us!

Hey love :smile: Sorry I replied so late. the alert was off.
I ended up choosing PGCE Primary!
But, me being an overthinker as always, still hyperventilating thinking about my future.
Idek if I will be able to secure my job(because I HAVE TO get my job secured as a teacher right after my studies due to some personal issues), and the courses literally intimidate me.

I am so scared of what's up ahead, but I do really love students and for the first time of my life I wanted to choose something that I want to do, not thinking about everything else.
Also, I'm a total foreigner and not a native speaker, with not much experience teaching in public sectors, especially in the UK.
(I'm not even fully confident with the core subjects- Science/Math/English because I've never learned them in English)
This thought haunts me everyday, making me wonder everyday if I am enough for this course.
IDK I'm currently in the stage of panicking and worrying screaming crying throwing up hahaha
If you're hesitating for the same reason as me, we can help each other out and keep companies with each other, talk about these problems :smile::smile:
(edited 1 year ago)
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Original post by CATEPO94
Heyy, what did you choose? I'm in a similar situation...I'm thinking of studying PGCE primary with languages, but I'm afraid I won't be good enough since I'm a non-native speaker...Big overththinker here too :frown:

Heyy :smile: I chose PGCE Primary over MSc Media&Communications.
Still don't know if this is the right choice I made, but I will try to make my decision the best one in my life.

I am also a foreigner + non native speaker which makes me super nervous about this whole thing!
All my insecurities are just flooding in, and I, being an extreme overthinker, cannot even breathe well these days just thinking about this haha
I really do hope I could secure my job right away later this year or early next year if possible.
If you're having similar hesitation as me, let's keep company to each other because I really do need someone I can talk about these kinds of problems :wink:
(edited 1 year ago)

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