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Anyone know about degrees as a mature student


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I have been told that the company I work for is winding down and I will be losing my job anytime between now and the next 2 yrs.

I am looking to become a primary school teacher, but I need to do a degree.

I have 9 gcse's all grade C and above but no A-levels. Does anyone know if I can do a degree without them, or if there is anything i have to do 1st to get in?
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I think you have to do some sort of access course before you could start your actual degree. I only know this cos i am looking at doing an OU course next year and have to do the same-no a levels either.

You could do a degree with OU and then do you PGCE at a 'proper' uni as you would need to do placements etc
Yeah as a mature student you don't need A levels but you might have to take an equivalance exam or acess course before you can start the degree course.

If you want to be a teacher, you have 2 options available, either do a degree in anything you want then do a Primary PGCE which will take you 4 years in total + whatever it takes for the access course, or you can enrol on an actual teaching degree like I did and do the 3 years of the degree between teaching placements and learning how to be a teacher.

Either way your first year of teaching will be your NQT (newly qualified teacher) year which I believe you have do within a couple of years of qualifiying, it just depends on whether you want to study something in particular then cram learning to be a teacher into one year, or take your time over the 3 years of an actual teaching degree.


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pete as your a teacher, are you aware of any courses which i could do to teach kids english in a foreign country :D and also if i wanted to be a p.e teacher would i have to do a sports course?
thanks in advance


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thanks irene :D
Irene's spot on with the TEFL stuff.

As for PE it would depend what age group you mean, for a primary school where you'd be teaching everything including PE you can do any degree/PGCE or primary teacher training degree. For secondary school you can do a Key Stage 3 Teaching Degree with specialism in PE, I'm not aware of anyone needing prior PE experience of any sort to get onto the course as you're learning about PE throughout the course as well as teaching skills.

Hope that helps!


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thank you pete :D
hows LL coming along is it going smoothly :D
Yeah I'm pretty much just into the groove of it now.

As long as the snow doesn't prevent tonight's meeting I'll get my WI and then can start counting my losses. I don't feel any different yet so I don't think I'll have lost much so far, and if I have then I must have gained more than I previously thought, if you see what I mean.

But I'm counting tomorrow as Day 1 really as I'll be able keep track of my losses, so whatever I weigh tonight I won't weigh for long! :)


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Thanks Guys. Pete is the degree in teaching the Bachelors in Education?


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how was WI pete?
hope it was smooth sailing

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