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Lu223 Mon 02-Oct-17 21:07:24

Hi, wondered if anyone had some help/advice for me.
I currently work as a nursery nurse, I have been for the last 5 years, I did my level 2 in the children and young peoples workforce and then went on to do level 3, through working at a nursery setting I have gained other qualifications needed for the setting such as health and safety, food handling, first aid ect, I was looking at returning to education and studying to become a teacher after looking online I’m so confused, what courses would I be able to do? Someone said I’d need to do an access course, when I looked into this everything that’s covered I’ve already done plus more in my training courses previously and through experience of working with children, any advice/help would be much appreciated! Sorry if this doesn’t make sense.
Thank you.

catslife Tue 03-Oct-17 16:10:25

The basic requirements for teacher training are on the link (see below)
1. You need at least grade C (or4) in GCSE Maths and English (they don't accept equivalents for these qualifications. For primary you also need grade C (or 4) in Science. If you don't have these qualifications you will need to take these first. (you may be allowed to take one subject alongside a level 3 course).

2. Not all level 3 qualifications are accepted as equivalent to A levels. If you aren't sure then the best approach would be to email a few universities and ask. If your level 3 qualification isn't acceptable as an A level alternative, then you would have to take a relevant Access course.

LIZS Tue 03-Oct-17 16:14:46

Was it an Extended Level 3 Diploma? Do you have gcses in English and Maths? If not you may need the Access course to apply.

catslife Tue 03-Oct-17 19:20:58

It could be that your level 3 qualification is not equivalent to 3 A levels.
I know the extended CACHE level 3 diploma is equivalent to 3 A levels but your qualification may only be equivalent to 1 or 2 A levels.

Lu223 Wed 04-Oct-17 08:41:18

Hi, I did cache level 3 diploma, I’m hoping not to have to do an access course, I have GCSEs in maths, English and science above a c grade but I did my GCSE’s over 10 years ago now, I’ve emailed a few universities, hopefully I’ll hear something back, thank you for taking the time to reply.

FlourishandBlotts Tue 10-Oct-17 10:36:21

I'm not too sure on this but I'm sure most universities will want you to of done recent study within the last 5 years, how recent is your level 3?

What route are you thinking of going down?

catslife Wed 11-Oct-17 11:29:37

The recent study may be applicable for mature students wanting a career change or who have obtained a qualification and then worked in a different field.
However the OP since obtaining her level 3 has been working within a relevant area and therefore has experience of working with children. By taking additional short courses, the OP has also shown that she is interested in continued professional development.
I hope the OP comes back to update us with her progress.

Lu223 Fri 20-Oct-17 12:22:08

Hi, a quick update I have been looking into it and have found out I can do a foundation degree for 2 years in the field I’d like to do and then a top up one year course to make it a BA honours degree smile thank you for all the help. After checking with ucas and realising I have enough points I’ve now been looking into different university’s and have started the application process. Fingers crossed for me smile

Patchouli666 Sun 22-Oct-17 09:09:33

Exciting times! Good luck xx

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