Interested in a career as a primary or secondary teacher? Then this blog is for you!!
The first stage is research in order to gain a greater understanding of the role of teacher and the different routes into both primary and secondary teaching. The Teaching in Scotland website http://www.teachinginscotland.com/ and the Teach in Scotland (2013-2014*) downloadable booklet http://dera.ioe.ac.uk/18311/1/00433279.pdf would be good places to start as they both cover core entry requirements, where to apply and how to apply.
Applications for all the PGDE courses in Scotland are now open and this year the process for application will be through the main UCAS undergraduate section of the website – http://www.ucas.com/ Registration is required and the application form consist of personal details, choices of courses, employment, a personal statement and reference. The personal statement is a vital part of the admission process and the Careers Staff at UWS are available to help you prepare this. Early application is recommended as competition is high for both routes. Students are also encouraged to gain experience within a class room environment, ideally that can be within a school setting, however experience in local youth clubs, sports, dance clubs or guides or scouts are also useful.
Careers Advisers are on hand to ensure that you have all the core entry requirements, relevant experience and support you in completing the application form. Please visit you campus Careers and Employability Service.
A representative from Teach in Scotland will be on campuses to host Information Sessions. These sessions will cover the role of a teacher, current developments within the curriculum and entry requirements for both primary and secondary teaching routes. Please do come along.
• Ayr Campus: Thursday 16th October 1-2pm: GT25
• Hamilton Campus: Monday 20th October 12 – 1:30 pm A424
• Dumfries Campus: Wednesday 5th November 12.30pm – 1.30pm R149
• Paisley Campus: Thursday 16th October: 3:15 -4:30pm Careers and Coffee space (Ground floor J block)
(*at the time of publishing this blog the 2014-2015 document was not available)