2017 Requirements for a Primary PGCE
“Typically you need
• GCSE grade C in English and mathematics and science, or equivalent*. You must already hold the GCSE requirements before applying for the course.
• a 2.1 degree or above, or a 2.2 degree plus evidence of wider experience in a UK school or foundation setting
• it is desirable that you have at least 15 days recent foundation stage or primary UK school teaching experience with five of these days as continuous teaching (gained in the two years before your application)
You must also
• successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
• complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.”
I already hold a C in Maths and English and 2 B’s in Science. As you need to have at least 15 days experience within 2 years of applying for a PGCE I have not applied for teaching experience yet.
There are also some bursary’s available depending on the subject you wish to teach and the level of your degree. https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview
Although there is shortage of teachers this is mainly at Secondary level. Bearing in mind that Primary teaching is more competitive and with me having a non-traditional degree (not Maths, English, one of the Sciences) I am concerned that I might be less employable as a teacher due to me having studied Graphic Design. I could consider teaching at secondary level and studying a SKE course to teach Design and Technology.
“The schools or universities you apply to may ask you to take an SKE course if they feel you have the right qualities to become a teacher, but need to acquire more subject knowledge first. If that’s the case, they’ll offer you a conditional place upon doing an SKE course.
This could be for several reasons, including:
- your degree wasn’t in your chosen subject, but is closely related
- you studied the subject at A level, but not at university
- you have relevant professional experience, and an SKE course would show you how to apply that to the curriculum and your teaching
- you would benefit from a short refresher course in your chosen subject” – https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/teacher-training-routes/subject-knowledge-enhancement-ske-courses
I came across this idea after researching other people with Graphic Design degrees becoming D & T teachers.
“I know both people who have studies Graphic Design at uni and have done a PGCE in Art and others who have do it in D&T.” – https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=2989433
Entry requirements for a PGCE Secondary in Design and Technology.
“2017 entry requirements
All applicants need GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or above or equivalent*. We will consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining the relevant GCSEs.
You must also
• hold an honours degree (normally 2.2 or above) or equivalent which includes substantial elements of design and technology study from a relevant material area for example product design or fashion and textiles
• complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms
• successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership
You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in design and technology-related or other educational activities.” – https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pgce-secondary-design-and-technology
However I do feel more drawn to teaching Primary but it is something to consider as an option especially as I’m more likely to gain employment with a PGCE in D & T as there is a shortage of teachers for this subject.