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    Hello everyone,
    I have a few questions about becoming a teacher and thought you might be able to help me

    I am studying (undergrad) Psychology at the moment and would be interested in doing a PGCE afterwards. Would a degree in Psychology even allow me to go into Primary education or would I have to do any extra course (as in prepare for the subjects I want to teach)?

    An other "problem" I have is that I am from Germany and that English is therefore not my first language. I spent a gap year abroad though after high school to study the language and am now doing my university degree in English. I also managed to do first year English Lit and Language at uni and finished both with a B. Do you think I could go into teaching? Or do you have to be a native?
    I also read that pupils are now taught languages in primary education so that might be an option for me. I do not have any certificate but am of course pretty fluent in German and would be able to teach that.

    Thank you very much!
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    (Original post by Buecherwurm)
    I am studying (undergrad) Psychology at the moment and would be interested in doing a PGCE afterwards. Would a degree in Psychology even allow me to go into Primary education or would I have to do any extra course (as in prepare for the subjects I want to teach)?

    An other "problem" I have is that I am from Germany and that English is therefore not my first language. I spent a gap year abroad though after high school to study the language and am now doing my university degree in English. I also managed to do first year English Lit and Language at uni and finished both with a B. Do you think I could go into teaching? Or do you have to be a native?
    I also read that pupils are now taught languages in primary education so that might be an option for me. I do not have any certificate but am of course pretty fluent in German and would be able to teach that.

    Thank you very much!
    Your undergraduate degree doesn't matter...my mum did Librarianship as an undergrad, before doing the PGCE!!

    As for English not being your first language, as long as you are fluent and competent (which, judging by the fact that you have done English at uni, you are) this shouldn't be a problem; as you say, it will probably be an advantage, as every primary school now has to teach languages.

    Hope this helps
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    Hello,
    I can't answer many of your questions, but yes, foreigners can teach. We have a French French teacher at my school, and there was an Italian English teacher last year.
    I'm not sure on this, but I think if you want to teach a language you must have a qualification in it, but there may be an exception if it is your native language-I'm not sure.
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    Thanks to both of you, it is great to hear that both my non-nativeness and my Psychology degree wouldn't be a problem!
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    (Original post by FuturePilot)
    Hello,
    I can't answer many of your questions, but yes, foreigners can teach. We have a French French teacher at my school, and there was an Italian English teacher last year.
    I'm not sure on this, but I think if you want to teach a language you must have a qualification in it, but there may be an exception if it is your native language-I'm not sure.
    That does not mean that they did their teaching qualification in the UK though.
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    (Original post by Buecherwurm)
    Hello everyone,
    I have a few questions about becoming a teacher and thought you might be able to help me

    I am studying (undergrad) Psychology at the moment and would be interested in doing a PGCE afterwards. Would a degree in Psychology even allow me to go into Primary education or would I have to do any extra course (as in prepare for the subjects I want to teach)?
    Yes it's fine as long as you have C grades in both English and Maths GCSE. If you didn't do GCSEs then you will need to show equivalent results. You would also have to take tests in these on the interview day, as all applicants do.

    An other "problem" I have is that I am from Germany and that English is therefore not my first language. I spent a gap year abroad though after high school to study the language and am now doing my university degree in English. I also managed to do first year English Lit and Language at uni and finished both with a B. Do you think I could go into teaching? Or do you have to be a native?
    I also read that pupils are now taught languages in primary education so that might be an option for me. I do not have any certificate but am of course pretty fluent in German and would be able to teach that.

    Thank you very much!
    You not being British does not stop you from doing a PGCE at all. In the case of doing Primary MFL (German) it would actually go in your favour. You would have to provide qualifications from home proving that your German is of a decent standard. On my PGCE there were several non-natives, so you wouldn't be alone!

    Go for the languages option!
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    Thanks again for the advice, teaching German it will probably be then. I should maybe also work on my French some more so I might be able to do that too.

    I would love to be a teacher but was not able to find a lot of information about job prospects. Is it very hard to fnd a job as a teacher?
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    Hi!

    I've got the same "problems" with being German I am doing a degree in primary education in Germany at the moment and would like to apply for the Primary PGCE with French in Southampton for next year.

    I would like to stay in Southampton, because I was working there as an assistant teacher in a secondary school last year and my boyfriend lives there. They just offer French there and the next university with German is in London I think. Does anyone know what the level of your French should be like? I was learning French at school for 3 years and was doing another 2 courses at uni during the last year, so my French isn't bad, but I'm not fluent either.

    Does anyone have any experience with the Primary PGCE in Southampton, Winchester or Chichester (probably my second and third choice), especially what the interviews were like, what they asked and how popular the courses at these unis are?

    How are the job prospects after the PGCE in primary schools? Is it very hard to find a job? And would I be disadvantaged because English isn't my mother tongue?

    @Bücherwurm: great to know that someone else is thinking about the same and has similar questions, because it's so hard to find out any information on the internet! Where are you doing your degree, in Germany? I am studying in Würzburg. And where do you want to apply for in England?

    Would be great if someone could answer my questions!! Thanks a lot!!! Steffi
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    Hey Steffi,
    it's great to hear someone else is doing the same. Or at least thinking about it
    I am not doing a degree in Germany, I am doing a Psychology degree in Glasgow at the moment and am planning on either doing a PGCE in England or if I am still together with my boyfriend might stay in Glasgow and do it there somewhere (it's called PGDE there).
    So I am not sure where yet to be honest, I just like planning ahead.
    I did French at school for 7 years but thought you need a degree for it somehow. I am not doing it at uni and do not have a chance to but I would love to do both languages too. Let me know if you find something out please, I would be interested to know which level you need.
    It appears that being from Germany is not a problem as long as your English is fluent.
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    (Original post by steffisteffi)
    Hi!

    I've got the same "problems" with being German I am doing a degree in primary education in Germany at the moment and would like to apply for the Primary PGCE with French in Southampton for next year.

    I would like to stay in Southampton, because I was working there as an assistant teacher in a secondary school last year and my boyfriend lives there. They just offer French there and the next university with German is in London I think. Does anyone know what the level of your French should be like? I was learning French at school for 3 years and was doing another 2 courses at uni during the last year, so my French isn't bad, but I'm not fluent either.
    Depends on the university, but at least GCSE equivalent French should be fine - not sure what the grade is though. As long as you are confident speaking the language and can pass the tests on interview day, you'll be fine. If you are applying for a MFL specialism you need to show in your application that you are committed and dedicated to foreign language learning. And I'm sure on of your questions will be why you chose French over your native language.

    Does anyone have any experience with the Primary PGCE in Southampton, Winchester or Chichester (probably my second and third choice), especially what the interviews were like, what they asked and how popular the courses at these unis are?
    When I applied I'm sure I was only allowed to put two choices down for primary... though that might have changed now.

    How are the job prospects after the PGCE in primary schools? Is it very hard to find a job? And would I be disadvantaged because English isn't my mother tongue?
    It's an advantage, because of course you've got another language to offer. Job wise the situation is pretty bad here at the moment though.
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    Thanks for the quick reply! Yes, you're right, you're just allowed to put two choices down, I've just checked it. Had three on my mind because some friends of mine were doing the Secondary PGCE and they had 3 choices I think.
    And I will have to work on my French a bit more, I'm much better in writing than in speaking and have to work on my vocabulary!
    Yes, it really seems that it's not such a big problem being German I am quite fluent, but obviously my English isn't the same as the English of a native speaker and you can hear (a light) accent Last year I passed the Cambridge Exam of Proficiency in English though, so I hope it won't be a problem!
    @ Bücherwurm: I will let you know when I find out anything else! Spent a lot of time today on different forums on the internet, but couldn't find out anymore. So if you find out anything else, please let me know as well
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    (Original post by steffisteffi)

    Does anyone have any experience with the Primary PGCE in Southampton, Winchester or Chichester (probably my second and third choice), especially what the interviews were like, what they asked and how popular the courses at these unis are?
    Can only speak for Chichester and it's a VERY popular uni for PGCE courses for all subjects.

    Re: interview. From what I've heard from friends they're not the most enjoyable experience and they don't interview EVERYONE that applies. They'll pick and choose their best candidates because they get stupid numbers applying (think it was last year where they had over 500 prospective applicants for the PGCE in History)

    This is off their website (http://www.chiuni.ac.uk/services/cou...tail.cfm?ID=99)

    All suitable applicants are interviewed. At interview applicants will need to demonstrate an awareness of current educational issues and be able to talk about their experiences in school. Applicants are also required to undertake literacy and numeracy tasks. Applicants will also have to demonstrate their proficiency in their chosen language.

    As for the uni itself - it's a fantastic place to study; the campus, well actually both are them are gorgeous. Resources are really good and they're quick to get their PGCE applicants into their placements.
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    At the school I worked at we had PGCE students from Chichester. They had paired interviews, which I thought was odd! And tests during the day as well, as mentioned above
 
 
 
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