Becoming a Teacher: Path to PGCE

Becoming a Teacher: Path to PGCE

Becoming a teacher was something I always said I would never do. All my teachers told me what a good teacher I would make and so did my mum but I never had the confidence to believe that I could ever do it. My fear of being bad at mathematics stopped me from trying to pursue it as a career option.

This year, I will be sending off my application for a PGCE teaching qualification. I wanted to create a blog post outlining all the steps I have taken and that I am going to take on my journey to becoming a Philosophy Teacher.

Bachelors degree, check!

So in order to become a teacher in a secondary school you need to have completed a Bachelors Degree in a relevant subject and achieved at least a 2:2 grade. But, if you want to teach something slightly outside the lines of your degree they can offer you a subject knowledge enhancement course to ensure you have the knowledge you need to teach in the right field.

Conquering my fear of maths, check!

To qualify for entry onto a teacher training course or program in the UK, you first need to have gained a grade C/4 in English and Maths at GCSE. This month I enrolled onto a part-time maths GCSE course at the city college to retake my Maths GCSE. I received an unconditional offer this week for my place on the course for free!

Literacy and Numeracy QTS Test

Furthermore, Before you can become a qualified teacher you need to have taken a literacy and numeracy “professional skills” test. This test is to ensure your ability to perform as a teacher outside of their subject specialism is strong enough. In February 2018, changes to the arrangements for the skills tests were announced:

  • Candidates now have unlimited attempts. 
  • The 2-year lockout period has been removed, so those who were previously locked out will be able to try again.
  • Everyone can book 3 per subject, free of charge. A charge will be applied from the fourth test attempt per subject.

Gaining School-based Experience

As part of your PGCE application you need to have taken up some school based experience. You want to get as much experience as possible to strengthen your application. This will ensure that you have the best knowledge of what life as a teacher would be like as possible. The more variety of experience you have, the better. You want to show your passion for teaching!

A Checklist ☑ :

  1. Achieved Grade C/4 in English and Maths GCSE.
  2. Completed a bachelors degree with at least a 2:2 in a relevant subject.
  3. Passed your Professional Skills Test in Literacy and Numeracy.
  4. Gained some valuable experience in a school.


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