I want to become a primary school teacher. Any guidance or assistance would be helpful.

  • 2 votes

I really want to become a teacher. I am studying GCSEs at the moment. All it says on the teaching websites is grade C or above in maths, english and science but I want to make sure I can be the best teacher I can.

I am currently volunteering at a kid's youth club. I want to take as a levels - maths, english language and literature [combined], biology, geography, critical thinking - possibly.

Is there any help that you could give on different a levels if it is not possible to become a teacher with these and any websites. Thanks.

Posted Mon 12th March, 2012 @ 17:31 by Bethany Cunningham

14 Answers

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I'm in my A2 year and I've applied to do Priimary education at university.

My advice to you would be to get as much experience working with children as possible, if its in a school even better. Read the Guardian's education section every Tuesday and swot up on things and changes going on in education.

I know most university websites say they are happy with grade 'C's in English/Maths/Science, but many actually want/prefer 'B's now so try your hardest to get them!! 

Also I know many teacher's studied psychology at ALevel as the psychology of children is studied. I didn't..i did sociology instead and we studied education as a whole which was great!

Other than that, try your hardest, get lots of experience. Good Luck!

Answered Mon 12th March, 2012 @ 20:05 by Simran Kaur Sembi
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I want to do the exact same thing! I'm doing AS Psychology, Drama & Theatre Studies and English Literature :) I know what you mean about there being no real advice available, but you already have more experience than me with the Youth Club, and the more experience you can do, the better. What I will say is, go and see the the Careers Adviser at your school. They'll  be able to advise you on A Level options and Uni courses etc :)

Answered Wed 14th March, 2012 @ 22:34 by Alice
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Hi Yep I forgot to say you have to be doing one core subject at Alevels. I do English Lit, sociology, philosophy, classical civilisation and citizenship.

And my advice to you is have a good look around when you go to open days..as you want to be a teacher you need to go to unis where they have placements other than schools and where the teachers are good. You'll know which is the right one!

Lastly i forgot to say when applying to do primary ed at uni, they all want references so if you can get a placement now it will look good and the minimum time is 2 weeks


Answered Sat 17th March, 2012 @ 14:59 by Simran Kaur Sembi
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hi, i cant really offer you much advice than try and aim your highest in your GCSEs. I also want to become a primary school teacher and I'm studying AS's at the moment.  i recommend lots of work experience to! sorry i can not be anymore help!

Answered Mon 12th March, 2012 @ 18:08 by Emma Ward
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everyone else has pretty much said what i was thinking of saying except that you can take 5 as levels, i am in September! And you asked for websites, the careers advisor at my school (when i told her i would like to be a primary school teacher) told me that a good place to look is www.ucas.co.uk that way you can find the course you want in primary education and the universities which provide it, it will then tell you what grades you need to achieve in order to qualify for a place on that course. hope that helps!

Answered Mon 2nd April, 2012 @ 23:03 by Rebekah
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Hey :)

You definitely have to have one core subject at A level but other than that, it doesn't really matter. Bear in mind that you don't have to do a primary education degree at uni, you can do something else and then a postgrad teacher training course. I want to be a teacher but i don't know whether i'm doing primary or secondary yet. I'm doing a music degree at uni and then teacher training afterwards.

I think your A levels choices are good as you have a good range of subjects, but don't just consider a degree in education because their are a lot more options and having a degree in a different subject may be good in case you want to do something different later on or go into secondary education in a specific subject. But check out ucas.co.uk because they have all the uni courses available

Good luck :)

Answered Sat 7th April, 2012 @ 17:26 by Katie W
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I want to be a primary teacher as well, I heard that you need a A level in one of the core subjects (english, Maths or science)

Answered Fri 16th March, 2012 @ 16:47 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR
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I wanna be a primary teacher becuz I don't think im good at one subject and I luv working with children so im gonna do the same as Simran (unless i randomly change my mind)! So what I would do is definitely get all the core subjects becuz primary teachers have to teach all three of them if i remember right :)

Answered Sat 17th March, 2012 @ 09:38 by Evie
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ok here is advice from a gurl whose sis is currently studying primary education

she wasnt so gud in her GCSE's but she did actuallyvery well, Mashallah in her A levels

dont pancik 2 do primary education u can pick any A levels- oh and do sumting u like

but try hard 4 ur A levels

Answered Sat 17th March, 2012 @ 13:27 by aliimz
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Hi, I want to be a teacher as well and it is really good that you are taking those gcses. If you are taking a humanity gcse and a language...that can qualify you for and E.Bac ;) This will help in getting into uni ;)

HHope this helps.

Answered Mon 26th March, 2012 @ 13:53 by Heather
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gud luk

Answered Mon 26th March, 2012 @ 17:55 by aliimz
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hey i cant give much advise because im only in year 10 however my sister is doing primary school teaching and is graduating this year and from watching her i can say in confidence you have to be prepared because it sounds easy but its not, you have to achieve the best grades you can to make it easier for yourself but it is fun because me sister every time she finishes a placement comes home with cards the pupils have made and they say the cutest things ... good luck but atm you should try and achieve the best in your results. 

Answered Wed 4th April, 2012 @ 14:50 by Ryhima-Laila Jadoon
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Oh my god. Thanks for all of this advice- haven't checked my emails in a while. I am definently going to take your advice guys. Thank you! I feel so much better now.

Answered Tue 10th April, 2012 @ 15:42 by Bethany Cunningham
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Answered Fri 16th March, 2012 @ 10:26 by holly flannery