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    • Klouise77
    • By Klouise77 18th May 19, 8:34 AM
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    Teacher training alt degree
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    • 18th May 19, 8:34 AM
    Teacher training alt degree 18th May 19 at 8:34 AM
    Hi all.
    Currently looking at training to be a teacher. I currently work part time after have a baby 14 months ago and I work shifts which I don't want to do ideally when he goes to school. I'm retaking my maths gcse but to start teacher training you either need a degree or equivalent. Does anyone know of equivalent courses to a degree which can be achieved via distance learning and more cost effective. I looked an a open uni degree which I'd love to do however the cost is far too high for me currently. Attending a college is not really an option for me either I work a few days a week only but long shifts and a long commute and then rest days I spend as much time with my toddler as i can. Thanks all
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    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 18th May 19, 8:40 AM
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    One possible option if you have what it takes to get entry without a degree is to do a DL Masters degree which is likely to take 2 years and may well cost less than an undergraduate degree. I know that the Masters I did once allowed somebody to do it without a degree because they had a lot of experience, but you'd have to be able to make a very convincing case. I also don't know whether that would allow you to then do a PGCE but you could ask.
    • MarkN88
    • By MarkN88 18th May 19, 1:40 PM
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    in the UK to achieve QTS, you will need a degree.

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/qualified-teacher-status-qts

    The Open University is more likely the most flexible option but there are other universities that offer distance learning degree courses, but you will need to have a look as some of them have limited subject areas they cover.

    You may be entitled to student finance including grants and loans to support you.

    https://www.gov.uk/student-finance
    • w06
    • By w06 18th May 19, 3:15 PM
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    You'd be best getting a degree, might be worth joining some of the online (facebook etc) discussion groups of teacher trainees. Quite a few folk there having difficulty at the application to PGCE point with equivalences rather than actual (GCSE) pre degree qualifications, and even more so in getting a job after gaining their PGCE and QTS if they don't have the usual GCSE, A levels and degree

    Depending on the subject and level you want to teach you can receive a considerable bursary during teacher training, in addition to student finance
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