What A-Levels should I take if I want to be a primary school teacher?

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Hi, just wondering if anyone has any advice

Posted: 02-06-12 16:11 by Lizzie Oliver

According to the website www.bestcourse4me.com

Hi Lizzie

To become a primary school teacher or teaching professional as they call it on the website. Most people (16%) do a degree in Academic Studies in Education. The majority who do that degree take A-levels in:

  • Psychology
  • General Studies
  • English literature
  • Sociology
  • Health and Social Care
  • English language
  • History
  • Religious Studies
  • Physical Education/Sports Science
  • Computing/ICT

Or you could do a degree as a Training Teacher(15%). For this degree most people take A-levels in:

  • Psychology
  • General Studies
  • English language
  • English literature
  • Biology
  • History
  • Maths
  • Sociology
  • Geography

These are only the top 10 a-levels for each degree but my advice would be take subjects which cross the two degrees for example english language/literature, psychology, history and sociology would be a good choice. Do some further research into it go onto the UCAS website etc.

Hope this helps and if you have any other questions just comment :)

Modified once, last modified by Georgia on Sat 2nd June, 2012 @ 16:28

Posted: 02-06-12 16:28 by Georgia

This has helped me too, I would like to be a primary school teacher and I'm taking, english lit/lang, geography, I.T and Psychology for A levels.

Posted: 02-06-12 16:40 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR

Thats a very good choice Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch it covers both degrees and if you want to be a primary school teacher most people take one of the two degrees

Good luck:)

Posted: 02-06-12 16:48 by Georgia

Any A levels are appropriate to become a primary school teacher. Ideally, you should continue with at least one subject which is core in the National Curriculum (English, maths and the sciences) as this will strengthen your subject knowledge in these areas. You should also consider other NC subjects such as history, geography, foreign languages, the arts as again, knowledge and interest in these areas will allow you to take on curriculum leadership in the future. Some university courses will require at least 2 of your A levels to be in a National Curriculum subject - this is more common for undergraduate ITT routes (eg: a 4 year BEd) whereas at postgraduate level (PGCE) training providers are more interested in the undergraduate degree subject. Again, a National Curriculum subject is often preferred at degree level although it isn't essential. You also need to have a C or above at GCSE in English language, maths and science as this is a basic government requirement.

In short you need to study subjects which you enjoy and will do well in. You may decide not to enter teacher training straight after A levels or straight after your degree as you can do it at any point in life, so essentially, you need to study things which you enjoy :)

Posted: 06-06-12 10:21 by Emma (admin)

I've decided to take business studies, psychology, french and english lit. Will that be okay? 

Posted: 09-06-12 09:47 by Lizzie Oliver

Lizzie Oliver wrote:

I've decided to take business studies, psychology, french and english lit. Will that be okay? 

Those will be fine, yes. Ideally, I would recommend that you keep on English lit and French to A2 because some universities ask for 2 curriculum subjects at A level if you want to do an undergrad teaching degree. Similarly, for other courses, many of the top level universities want at least 2 "traditional" subjects so it would cover you for applying for those degrees too.

MFL is coming back into the curriculum at primary level from 2014 according to Gove's recent announcements so that would put you in a strong position for 2017/2018 when you'd finish university (if you did a BEd or undergrad then straight PGCE) if you kept up your French. However, the Labour government also decided that languages were important and said that they were going to be compulsory for 2010 then schools worked towards that, but it all fell through so to be honest it's not certain and I think a lot of people have doubts as to whether it will happen. I'm a primary languages specialist teacher and it's been fairly up and down over the last few years as languages is currently an "entitlement" but it isn't given a set place in the curriculum like other subjects. I don't think Gove's recent announcement will really change that but by the time you actually get to become a teacher (if that's what you decide to do - I was adamant I was being a teacher when I finished my GCSEs then went on to do a normal undergrad degree, then a PGCE later in life) but it's good to be aware of curriculum changes :)

Posted: 11-06-12 09:55 by Emma (admin)

ooooooooh an admin :O hey Emma, it's cool that you're helping out with the question :)

Posted: 11-06-12 10:03 by Neon

Impulse wrote:

ooooooooh an admin :O hey Emma, it's cool that you're helping out with the question :)

That's okay, I'll try to reply if it's related to things I know about (teaching & uni/ucas admissions) but it depends if I have time.

I normally live on The Student Room website though, TSR and GR are sharing mods/admins at the moment. Do you know of that site? :)

Posted: 11-06-12 10:11 by Emma (admin)

I've heard of it, but not used it, is it any good? :) and cool, so some people are going to get some more expert answers then? :)

Posted: 11-06-12 10:40 by Neon

Impulse wrote:

I've heard of it, but not used it, is it any good? :) and cool, so some people are going to get some more expert answers then? :)

TSR is fantastic, yes. Get Revising is great for revision purposes and sharing material, but TSR is better for advice/support on decision making as we've got people across the entire spectrum from people doing their GCSEs, to those applying to uni, to people currently at uni, to postgrads and people who are already very established in their careers. So for example, with teaching, if you ask a question about which A levels to take you'll get a response from older people with a lot of "life experience" in this sector in addition to other people just like you. We also work with official bodies such as universities and government bodies, meaning we often have Q&A sessions about a particular university, course or career where you can ask any questions you have to an official representative from that organisation.

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Routes_into_Teaching

TSR is very focused around university, so if you're considering applying to uni then it's worth taking a look at the site as there's so much advice/support available and it's a great way of finding other people who are also considering the same degree options/course options as you.

Posted: 11-06-12 10:52 by Emma (admin)

wow Emma (admin) so wat do u do???

Posted: 11-06-12 10:54 by aliimz

hey, that sounds pretty cool :) 

Posted: 11-06-12 10:56 by Neon

I'd like to be a primary scool teacher too. I've chosen

  • Maths,
  • ICT,
  • Chemistry
  • Geography

for A-levels for next year (i'm in yr 11 now).

Posted: 11-06-12 10:56 by RFC1871 (Eden32)

aliimz wrote:

wow Emma (admin) so wat do u do???

Now? I'm trained as a teacher, but I haven't been teaching for a few months as I currently work for TSR (and GR). Our job is to find out how we can make the sites better and more useful for students, then develop these ideas to make the sites even more fantastic than already.

I've been one of the moderators on TSR in a voluntary capacity for a very long time and at the moment we're primarily on GR to ensure that prohibited exam discussion is kept off the site like we have on TSR. There are very strict rules surrounding Edexcel exams as you can't discuss them online for 24 hours because they're sat all over the world, so one person might have finished an exam in China which hasn't even started in the UK. To keep it fair to everyone, we work with the exam boards to try and ensure exam discussion doesn't happen within 24 hours of the exam. Have you seen the announcements about this on Get Revising? :)

Posted: 11-06-12 13:52 by Emma (admin)

Emma (admin) wrote:

Now? I'm trained as a teacher, but I haven't been teaching for a few months as I currently work for TSR (and GR). Our job is to find out how we can make the sites better and more useful for students, then develop these ideas to make the sites even more fantastic than already.

I've been one of the moderators on TSR in a voluntary capacity for a very long time and at the moment we're primarily on GR to ensure that prohibited exam discussion is kept off the site like we have on TSR. There are very strict rules surrounding Edexcel exams as you can't discuss them online for 24 hours because they're sat all over the world, so one person might have finished an exam in China which hasn't even started in the UK. To keep it fair to everyone, we work with the exam boards to try and ensure exam discussion doesn't happen within 24 hours of the exam. Have you seen the announcements about this on Get Revising? :)

oh, that makes sense :) but no, I've not :P to be honest, I think the communication between the site users and staff is pretty poor... there isn't really much feedback from them to us, so we don't really know what's going on half the time :/ for example, the section on the bottom of the chat board which says who's online seems to have gone down, but we don't know if that's intentional, how long it's likely to be like that, or if they're working on it....

Posted: 11-06-12 14:47 by Neon

Impulse wrote:

oh, that makes sense :) but no, I've not :P to be honest, I think the communication between the site users and staff is pretty poor... there isn't really much feedback from them to us, so we don't really know what's going on half the time :/ for example, the section on the bottom of the chat board which says who's online seems to have gone down, but we don't know if that's intentional, how long it's likely to be like that, or if they're working on it....

Hmm yeah, I get what you mean, it is quite difficult to communicate things to such a large group of people. Get Revising had approaching a million visits to the site in May 2012 alone - getting important messages out to all of those people is really hard!! How do you think that could be improved?

In the context of Get Revising its important to realise there aren't any "staff" as the whole site has been created, managed and run by one person. This person has a full time job as a sixth form teacher and whilst they are incredibly passionate about the site, it's just one small aspect of an incredibly busy life.... which is why people from TSR have been asked to help over the exam period, however even then, most TSR mods are volunteers and fit it into their actual job/life. With community based forum sites the admin team are heavily reliant on communication from the users - if you don't let them know that something is broken or that someone is making inappropriate posts by making a report then they probably won't know.

Imagine it like a school with one person (the head teacher) at the top, then say 100 members of staff, 1000 students and 80 classrooms across the school. The headteacher is quite literally 1 person and can't possibly be expected to see everything that's happening in every single classroom and with every single pupil/member of staff all of the time. The head teacher is heavily reliant on the students and teachers reporting things to draw attention to issues in different areas of the school. If these people don't report things, then the headteacher can only deal with a small number of issues because they don't know that other things are an issue. For example, if I was a head teacher in my school I wouldn't be aware that there was a flooding problem in the boys toilets unless someone told me because as a woman I never go into the boys toilets. So, in short, if you see something which is an issue and needs to be sorted out, it'd be really helpful if you'd report the issue by clicking on the "report misuse" button at the top of the page. It could be that the admins are already aware of it and it's on the to do list (as obviously some things are bigger priorities than others) or it could be that this is something that they had no idea was an issue at all as no one has ever mentioned it. If everyone did that, hopefully there'd be a lot more communication :)

Posted: 11-06-12 15:03 by Emma (admin)

okay then :) and as for how it could be improved... http://www.fanfiction.net/ <--- on this site, as soon as you enter, there's a 'news' section... I know this site has a similar feature, but it details the user activities, maybe a section could be added for messages from 'higher up' so to speak, that way they'd be easy to find and see :)

Posted: 11-06-12 15:11 by Neon

Impulse wrote:

okay then :) and as for how it could be improved... http://www.fanfiction.net/ <--- on this site, as soon as you enter, there's a 'news' section... I know this site has a similar feature, but it details the user activities, maybe a section could be added for messages from 'higher up' so to speak, that way they'd be easy to find and see :)

Ah okay, cool, I see what you mean - something which clearly communicates news/updates to you? Sort of like on online learning portals you might have at school where a teacher can write a message to give the entire class some news about something new?

What kind of messages would you like to see on a feed?

Posted: 11-06-12 16:18 by Emma (admin)

Emma (admin) wrote:

Ah okay, cool, I see what you mean - something which clearly communicates news/updates to you? Sort of like on online learning portals you might have at school where a teacher can write a message to give the entire class some news about something new?

What kind of messages would you like to see on a feed?

just general updates, what's going wrong, what's being worked on, what's planned for the future? :)

Posted: 11-06-12 16:24 by Neon

im in year  11 now but am stressing over what i should do .. i want to be a teacher so for a levels am thinking of picking

social & health care

english language

history 

what do you think ?

Posted: 17-09-13 20:54 by samira

You can do anything you want study anything you want at uni and then do a pcge, basically a teaching degree at the end of it!!!,

Posted: 21-09-13 14:35 by Alice Deane

I'm taking English Lit, Spanish, History and Art? But i was thinking about changing Art to sociology as i want to be a primary school teacher. I enjoy both but which do you think would be better?

Posted: 12-06-15 18:13 by dawn.ives1

I was thinking of doing health and social care, religious studies, psychology, and sociology as level. Would this be a good choice?

Posted: 22-08-16 16:32 by Ajmorrison