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I applied to my favourite uni and got turned down for the course, however I still want to try becoming a teacher. Preferably secondary school, but primary is okay too.

I was looking at apprenticeships and was talking to my sixth form tutor, who advised that a proper job would pay better. However I also heard that apprenticeships give a student bank, where as if i worked a proper teaching assistant job i wouldn't get one?

Is there anymore pros and cons or apprenticeship and a proper teaching assistant job i should know about?

Thank you!
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Hi there,
I applied to my favourite uni and got turned down for the course, however I still want to try becoming a teacher. Preferably secondary school, but primary is okay too.

I was looking at apprenticeships and was talking to my sixth form tutor, who advised that a proper job would pay better. However I also heard that apprenticeships give a student bank, where as if i worked a proper teaching assistant job i wouldn't get one?

Is there anymore pros and cons or apprenticeship and a proper teaching assistant job i should know about?

Thank you!
Someone might be more knowledgeable than I am but I imagine it would be quite difficult to become a Teaching Assistant straight out of school? You do tend to need some experience and qualifications.

The apprenticeship route gains you both experience and qualifications simultaneously, so at your age, I imagine the apprenticeship route is a lot more realistic. If you could gain a full TA job, then it would definitely pay better than apprenticeship wages but it would be tricky to walk into a TA job without any prior experience or qualifications.

And I have no idea about banks, but apprentices are students (you spend time out of class at college or remote learning) so would be eligible for a student account whereas being a TA is a job, so you wouldn't be a student.
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Hi there,
I applied to my favourite uni and got turned down for the course, however I still want to try becoming a teacher. Preferably secondary school, but primary is okay too.

I was looking at apprenticeships and was talking to my sixth form tutor, who advised that a proper job would pay better. However I also heard that apprenticeships give a student bank, where as if i worked a proper teaching assistant job i wouldn't get one?

Is there anymore pros and cons or apprenticeship and a proper teaching assistant job i should know about?

Thank you!
It sounds like you are currently in sixth form, am I right?

If you are wanting to become a teacher, you will need an undergraduate degree. For secondary, you will want a degree that links to the subject you wish to teach. So, it would be best to take a route that is going to get you an undergraduate degree sooner rather than later - you can't become a teacher by being a teaching assistant first if you don't have a degree.
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It sounds like you are currently in sixth form, am I right?

If you are wanting to become a teacher, you will need an undergraduate degree. For secondary, you will want a degree that links to the subject you wish to teach. So, it would be best to take a route that is going to get you an undergraduate degree sooner rather than later - you can't become a teacher by being a teaching assistant first if you don't have a degree.
I am currently in sixth form on my final year, and you can get teach assistant apprenticeships so I thought that I could get paid work experience as a TA, and then move to uni for teaching courses.
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