My University course has been cancelled - just weeks before due to begin

(37 Posts)
ErnesttheBavarian Wed 19-Jul-17 17:37:26

I am totally gutted. I applied last September. I have been in contact with them numerous times in the mean time. I have cut my hours at work in order to study (online part time course)I have bought books, I have made all sorts of plans, my future career depends on this course.

Now, just weeks before the start, they cancel the course, now it's too late to arrange a Plan B, I've dropped down to 50% at work, and worse, I don't think there's any alternative, so I'm trapped forever.

Sorry, that last bit is a bit melodramatic, but I am totally gutted and TBH bloody angry. I even spoke to them last week, and they never even hinted.....

Now I really am stuck and really upset sad angry

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NotTheCoolMum Wed 19-Jul-17 17:38:58

Is there an alternate course at another uni? Distance learning maybe?

Letitrain Wed 19-Jul-17 17:42:54

How rotten. What's the course?

ErnesttheBavarian Wed 19-Jul-17 17:43:01

This was distance learning. They say they've cancelled it due to legislation, so that would apply everywhere. Saying that, it was the only course I found like it, so I don't think there is an alternative. I am so upset. It feels like my future is screwed, and this has taken a whole year off me in terms of next steps.

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Ookmybanana Wed 19-Jul-17 17:44:23

They quite possibly didn't know that it was going to happen. My DH works for a university and they've just been hit with similar course cuts. It's frustrating I know.

On the assumption that this is a postgraduate course, Have you had a look at FIndaMasters? You may be able to find an alternative and I know a lot of unis are still recruiting.

Good luck.

Ookmybanana Wed 19-Jul-17 17:45:32

Ah. Cross posts. "Legislation" is a weird old reason. Wonder what they meant by that?!

TheMysteriousJackelope Wed 19-Jul-17 17:46:25

That is awful, I am so sorry for you.

Are there on line classes run by foreign universities that would work? e.g. in the US. DH and I live in the US, he took an online masters from the University of Liverpool. Maybe it could work in reverse for you. They may start a course several times a year too.


TheMysteriousJackelope Wed 19-Jul-17 17:47:29

Can you also formally complain to the university and ask to be reimbursed for your out of pocket expenses? I know books can be extremely expensive.

ErnesttheBavarian Wed 19-Jul-17 17:48:09

It was converting my teaching qualification from secondary to primary. I can only work as a TA and not a teacher as I am in a primary school, (not UK) I was told that this course would give me legally sufficient further training to allow me to get legal recognition as a primary teacher.

Not apparently legislation has been introduced to make this course unnecessary (for UK teachers) but it means I'm totally screwed and trapped forever in a TA role. Unless I did a whole PGCE again, which I can't do here, and to do in UK (eng or Scotland) would be basically impossible as I would have to leave my family for too long for the school-based elements. Plus it would be full time, which I couldn't do. Plus it's too late now for this year.

This was the perfect course, and they wait until the 11th hour. I am so upset. and can't see where I can go from here.

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TynesideBlonde Wed 19-Jul-17 21:24:16

Where do you live - roughly

SolomanDaisy Wed 19-Jul-17 21:40:34

Is qualifying as a primary teacher in your current country an option?

isthistoonosy Wed 19-Jul-17 21:45:41

Could you look at online level 5 education and training, it gives equivalent to nqt status in the uk. Its for further education but maybe teaching younger than your quals is easier?
What country are you in?

ErnesttheBavarian Wed 19-Jul-17 22:09:24

I'm in Bavaria, southern Germany. German TT not possible. Don't know anything about level 5 education thing. What exactly do I look for and what? So annoyed they cancelled course at last minute. No time to make alternative arrangements. We go away next week for 4 weeks. Shit. Shit shit

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RedHelenB Wed 19-Jul-17 22:10:40

You never needed a conversion qualification. As a teacher you can teach any age group in the UK although obviously you are better suited to certain ages due to degree, training and experience.

mohuzivajehi Wed 19-Jul-17 22:24:25

Is the issue that the schools in Germany require you to have a qualification relevant to the year group you swish to teach?

ErnesttheBavarian Thu 20-Jul-17 05:21:01

Then, I know that in England you didn't need a conversion. I know my PGCE is valid from 5 to 18. In England. But I'm not in England I'm in Germany, and the Bavarian authorities will not allow someone with secondary raining too work in a primary school. I really need this course. I've spent so much time getting transcripts etc. They have looked into it and finally agreed to recognise my qualification and give me permission to teach if I do this course bc and now they've cancelled it. Shit shit shit

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RatOnnaStick Thu 20-Jul-17 06:55:25

Is there not a German course equivalent you can take? (assuming you've been through all those options already but you never know)

RedSandYellowSand Thu 20-Jul-17 07:13:41

Have you looked in Scotland? Aberdeen look to have what your after ( of course that could be the cancelled one).
Or UCL have a masters in primary teaching. Could a MA in primary be a way to satisfy the German Authorities?

rollonthesummer Thu 20-Jul-17 07:18:44

Not apparently legislation has been introduced to make this course unnecessary (for UK teachers) but it means I'm totally screwed and trapped

What exactly is the legislation? If it's now unnecessary for U.K. Teachers to have it, doesn't that work in your favour?

BakedBeeeen Thu 20-Jul-17 07:35:57

OP is not in uk.

BikeRunSki Thu 20-Jul-17 08:00:27

Not apparently legislation has been introduced to make this course unnecessary (for UK teachers) but it means I'm totally screwed

If the course is unnecessary for UK teachers, then surely you can now work as a teacher in Bavaria without further training. What am I missing?

cantkeepawayforever Thu 20-Jul-17 08:05:56

Bike, I think that OP is stuck in a situation where:

- The UK does not require this course, so those institutions who offer it are ceasing to do so

- Bavaria does require it, but does not offer it OR the OP for some reason requires the course in English not in German.

- German-trained teachers wouldn't be in this situation due to their particular teacher training routes.

Is that right, OP?

Penhacked Thu 20-Jul-17 08:08:44

What a nightmare. People who don't get it... Our British laws are not world laws. German authorities can ask for whatever they want. And they want someone with 'primary education' on the cert! Any part time German degrees? I thought Germany offered free uni degrees (what my friend boldly claimed)?

mohuzivajehi Thu 20-Jul-17 08:18:40

What would happen if a German person qualified in Germany to teach at secondary level but then wanted to change careers to teach at primary?

sashh Thu 20-Jul-17 09:19:50

Don't know anything about level 5 education thing

Don't do it, it is for teaching in FE, you can get QTLS afterwards but you have to have a permanent job so wouldn't be any good also yo would not get funding as you have QTS.

I'm in a similar situation, I wanted to upgrade my PGCE to MA but the course has been cancelled.

Have a look at Swedish universities, their courses are free for EU nationals and lots taught in English and online, a friend did some Japanese units.

Another option might be assessment only route, but would involve some time in the UK, not ideal.

You could look at distance learning in early childhood studies, as you are already qualified in the UK you might be able to do a graduate certificate or diploma.

Sorry this has happened, I know how it feels, well almost.

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