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zippyswife Wed 05-Feb-20 16:54:21

I’m considering retraining (currently a police officer). I have a geography BSc degree but at gcse I didn’t get a c (or above) in science. Does this mean I can’t teach primary? Does it mean I can’t enter via school direct teacher training? My degree was heavy on science- hence it being a science rather than arts degree. Would this help me at all?

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selfishaltruism Thu 06-Feb-20 12:53:01

For secondary you need math and science, plus the numeracy and literacy skills test.

For primary you will need science, PR a science equavalencu.

The specific training provider will be able to advise as requirements differ.

APurpleSquirrel Fri 07-Feb-20 17:12:25

I'm pretty sure for Seconday you need Maths & English GCSE at C or above.

For Primary you need, Maths, English & Science.

& there is no literacy skills test anymore.

Check out a few courses & see what the entry requirements are.

selfishaltruism Sat 08-Feb-20 16:09:19

It's not that difficult to redo science gcse BTW, maybe in the evening at a local college.

APurpleSquirrel Sun 09-Feb-20 23:05:03

I did my Double Science GCSE a couple of years ago (had to drop it at school as I was ill & being home tutored).
I bought the Pearson Science books, read them & reread them for about a year & took the exams (at a cost) at a local college who excepted independent students. In all cost a over hundred pounds I think, including course books, exam fees etc.

earsup Sun 09-Feb-20 23:24:40

I did a pgce for Fe but it's now valid for all areas I was told. I don't have maths pass as I got a d.

selfishaltruism Mon 10-Feb-20 13:52:59

Yeaj just study an entire gcse book and you're fine. It is really simple knowledge, it's just a matter of knowing it. The books aren't that dense. You could do a few pages a day.

SansaSnark Mon 10-Feb-20 18:28:36

The Science GCSE requirement is set by the DfE, so it's not really one where training providers have any discretion. You can take equivalents though- you could get it done this summer, apply with the grade pending and still start in September, if you wanted to!

selfishaltruism Tue 11-Feb-20 05:26:05

You don't need science for secondary.

Why would you if you was teaching a non science subject?

English and maths are fundamental, so fair enough.

selfishaltruism Tue 11-Feb-20 05:26:47

I'm a science trainee and don't have science gcse (degree in science)

sashh Tue 11-Feb-20 05:53:50

Check with the providers. This one has a list of 'equivelant' qualifications they except.

www.newman.ac.uk/knowledge-base/gcse-equivalent-qualifications-accepted-by-newman-university-for-teaching-training-courses-programmes/

The OU module MU 123 Discovering Mathematics is often accepted for maths so there might be something for science.

ElizabethMainwaring Tue 11-Feb-20 06:10:26

I did a primary pgce 18/19. You need English, maths and a science gcse grade c and above. Also the literacy and numeracy skills tests. I studied for the biology IGCSE in 3 months, self taught. It was very hard work and a full time job.
Don't let anyone tell you that it's easy. Last year there was a thread by a woman who needed to get a maths GCSE in a few months. Loads of people said that it was doable. It wasn't, she worked ft and had kids.
It is doable but you have to really put the work in.
For secondary you don't need a science gcse.
I work in secondary. You definitely need to find out whether you work in primary or secondary first. They are very, very different jobs. Good luck in your studies.

TheletterZ Tue 11-Feb-20 22:00:15

Are you thinking about primary or secondary? That makes all the difference if you need a gcse in science.

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