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    I am doing mental health nursing due to finish in may, but ultimately would like to be a primary school teacher. I have looked up information about doing a PGCE but as far as I can gather you don't need a specific degree unless you're planning to teach a secondary school subject. So I am just wondering if anyone knows what route I would have to take in order to do a PGCE - apart from work experience in school would I actually need to do a more appropriate degree, or can I just do the PGCE as long as I have previously achieved a degree? Sorry what I've said has come across as so confusing, hope someone understands what Im trying to get across!!
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    Hi, You can have any degree, so yours will be fine. You will need some work experience in a school, if you look on the universities websites that you are interested in applying to, it should have information on how much work experience they require and also what class degree you need. Hope this helps.
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    brilliant, thanks a lot amanda!
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    Primary is VERY competitve, especially at PGCE level. If you have no teaching experience already then I would advise trying to get a Teaching Assistant job for a year, or at least a few month's worth of experience in a school, preferably primary. I say this because so many applicants will so much experience and you need to compete with them. Everyone was telling me that I'd have no problem getting on a PGCE for secondary because I had loads of experience. I did get on, but the majority of people on this course have WAY more than me!
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    I just wondered how you got on in the end?
    I too am studying nursing at the moment, but have realised my passion for teaching and cannot escape from it. I am planning to do a PGCE when I graduate...is this the best option?
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    I was gonna do a thread like this! What I was thinking was being a nurse on bank-hours, or try to work weekends and one week day, and being either a part time or cover teacher?
 
 
 
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