I want to become a teacher, anyone recommend any A-level choices, that would help?

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I want to become a teacher for primary or junior school. Thanks in advance. **

Posted Thu 17th April, 2014 @ 09:46 by .soph.

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All you really need is a C+ at GCSE in Maths, English and Science.Have a think now about what you want to specialise in when you get to uni. All teachers choose one subject from these to specialise in:

Art, Design and Technology, English, Geography, History, ICT, Modern Foreign Languages, PE, RE, Science, Special Educational Needs. 

GCSE Art: C 
GCSE English Lang: A 
GCSE English Lit: B 
GCSE Maths: B 
GCSE Science: B 

AS History: E 
A level 3D Art: D 
A level English Lit: B 
A level Graphic Design: C 
CACHE Childcare: Distinction 

Answered Tue 22nd April, 2014 @ 11:49 by aaqil
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Thanks aaqil. I forgot about specialising in uni!. **

Answered Wed 23rd April, 2014 @ 19:25 by .soph.
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The above is a good guideline and I agree with the GCSE's, but in all honesty providing you can manage it, any subject at A level should suffice to become a primary school teacher, although I would recommend you pick subjects you both enjoy and would be willing to teach at a higher level, just incase you end up wanting to teach seconday instead.

Its very imprtant to add that teaching has become more competitive over the last 10 years, (Before they were paying teachers to take a post graduate course to become teachers!), So as a guideline 5 a*-c's is the absolute minimunm at GCSE's (including English and Maths and preferably some science) but higher grades are preferred.

Another important point is that a lot of teachers do a degree that is not neccesarilly teaching specific and then go on to do a further years post graduate course to train to be a teacher. (This could be worth considering as it allows flexibility if you end up wanting to change your carer.)

 Don't forget beside your grades, experience is also very valuable and I would recommend finding in the future perhaps a part time job which allows you to work with children to give you an edge when you start going for formal interviews.

 Hope this helps. (If you need more advice just ask)


Answered Wed 21st May, 2014 @ 08:08 by Ragnaros the Firelord
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I'm looking to become a primary school teacher in the future. I'm taking mainly academic courses for A-level (English lit, French, Maths, Philosophy and Ethics) and have been told that to teach primary school you need a minimum of a C at GCSE in the core subjects. I took my work experience in a primary school and so that should help me.

It doesnt really matter what you take at A-level because as a primary school teacher, you generalise rather than specialise like secondary school teachers do.

Answered Tue 7th June, 2016 @ 19:24 by JasmineTwinning