Now that my work load his calmed down a little i’ve started to think about work placements and applying for a PGCE/QTS. I created a new UCAS account a few days ago and spent a couple of nights researching the different routes into becoming a teacher, all of which involved gaining a QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). There are two main routes into getting this, the first being my preferred way. This is what i’ve found out so far;
1) SCITT – School Centered Initial Teacher Training. So instead of studying strictly academically in a university for the year i’ll be hands-on in a school, putting practical and physical skills to the test with the odd university based lecture. This is definitely the option I will try hardest to get, after a solid 19 years in strictly academic education it’s fair to say another year may just crack me! I love practical work too and I think there’s more real opportunity and experience to be gained from learning first hand in a school instead of learning from books in a university.
2) PGCE – Postgraduate Certificate in Education. A year long course based in a university. As well as gaining a QTS you also get a PGCE, but there’s sadly not as much hands-on experience as the school based program.
I’ve also had to research which universities or schools better suit my needs and expectations (which is actually quite tricky) taking into consideration how long it’s going to take me to get there, especially considering I’m moving house in January, and I don’t know where to yet!
Both routes require a 2:1 or a 1st honours degree so it’s time to start WORKING. The UCAS application process only opened on November 21st so i’m getting ahead of the game, I aim to have applied to all 3 choices by the end of today and in the meantime will be preparing for *hopefully* any interviews.