Graduated and Living in Wales – Thinking about a career in teaching but no class room experience?

TeacherMelanie Wortham – Graduate Careers Adviser at Cardiff University talks about how you can get this once you have graduated.

If you have thought about teaching, but have no real experience in the classroom, then this FREE course below which is being delivered by the OU and funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales could be just the ticket to help you make a choice on whether teaching is really for you!

The course is offered on a very flexible basis and includes six days school experience in a secondary school local to each student. A personal tutor is allocated to all students plus a school facilitator. At the end of the programme students will know whether they are temperamentally suited to train to be a teacher and whether there are any gaps to be filled in their subject knowledge.

The following areas are covered on the programme:

  • Formative/diagnostic element involving an interview, a ‘taster’ experience in school, and advisory and counselling support as progress is made through the subject modules, culminating in a self-review.
  • Subject study element based on relevant undergraduate modules and determined by the diagnostic interview to meet students’ needs

Entry Requirements
Applicants should have a motivation to teach plus one of the following:

  • English and Mathematics at GCSE Grade B or above (or equivalent)
  • A first degree (or equivalent) in a subject where an appropriate amount of the chosen specialism i.e. Maths, Science, Modern Foreign Languages, Design & Technology or Cymraeg was studied
  • You should also be living in Wales

 Applications for this course should be made direct to the Open University.

For general enquiries or to request an application form, please contact Trevor Scott:
Email: wales-teaching@open.ac.uk  Tel: 029 2041 7911

Finally, if you would like to discuss teaching as a career option prior to this, then please just go on line to www.cardiff.ac.uk/careers/graduates and book to see me.

Melanie, Graduate Careers Adviser

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