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Wanting to retrain as a primary teacher. Help needed please

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sunnyshine Sat 12-Jan-13 18:00:58

Hi, I would love to change career and become a primary teacher. I currently have no degree and only qualifications up to gcse ( c and above) I am 35 years old and want to go to my nearest uni. How do I go about applying? Is it ucas or do I contact uni directly? Any one any idea how many hours a week this course would be? Any thought will be great. Thanks

boomting Sat 12-Jan-13 18:37:42

Do check, but your university will want evidence of recent, A-Level equivalent study. The best way to do that is to do an Access Course. They're a one year course, run by local colleges, which are aimed at mature students wanting to go to university following a break from education.

After that, you will have to apply via UCAS. The deadline each year to start that September is 15th January.

Don't bank on being able to do any more than a small part time job whilst you're on your degree course (I presume this is why you're asking!) as you will be a full time student, just like any other student. You will have placements at some point or other, too. However, student loans are perfectly adequate to live off, and there is extra help if you've got kids.

TheNebulousBoojum Sat 12-Jan-13 18:40:33

Have a search for old threads on the subject here, there are a lot of them.

creamteas Sat 12-Jan-13 19:46:15

If there is no college near you to do an access course, many unis will accept an Open University module instead of access, and they do lots relevant for teaching.

Ring the admissions office at the uni you want to study at and they will let you know what they will be looking for.

givemeaclue Sun 13-Jan-13 12:13:54

You will need to do a level or equivalent access course first. Then 4 year degree. Have you done any work experience in schools?

sunnyshine Sun 13-Jan-13 20:16:21

Yes lots of school experience and childcare work. Will ring uni tomorrow,thanks all.

Veniceredmask01 Wed 16-Jan-13 10:15:36

Don't do it unless you are prepared to work 50 hours plus a week. You will not have a personel life. Your pay will only go up if you work a 26 consecutive weeks. The government is also scrapping Lin holidays an revising pay to stop garunteed pay rises. Trust me. You have been warned.

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