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Teaching is one of the more stable/reliable careers, with many opportunities for personal and professional development, as well as the option to progress to management roles including head of department, deputy head and head teacher. Teaching has many rewards from the financial to the sense of helping other people develop.
Shrewsbury College has a variety of routes into teaching and education, in order to help you realise your aspirations. The Award and Certificate in Teaching are ideal qualifications if you are interested in training or teaching adults. These course do not require a placement.
The PGCE in Further Education & Training, delivered part-time provides a fantastic opportunity to formally train to teach adults in further education and training, and access placements locally.
If Early Years or primary teaching appeal to you, our part-time Foundation Degrees in Education and Early Childhood Studies and top up BA (Hons) in Education (accredited by Staffordshire University) can provide an excellent route into this.
I decided to do the PGCE, partly because my employer wanted me to and partly to increase my skills and qualifications. I started working as a plumbing assessor and wanted to become a teacher so I needed the qualification. Teaching is a way of giving something back and sharing my knowledge with the next generation of plumbers.
Our varied teaching courses lead to a broad range of careers within education from Early Years and primary teaching through to the teaching of adults and even senior management positions.
Career options and national starting averages include:
- Teaching Assistant £18,000+
- Further Education Lecturer £23,000+
You could move on to be an:
- Headteacher £50,000+
- Higher Education Lecturer £33,000-£40,000+
Source: National Careers Service
I’m passionate about teaching and seeing people fulfil and exceed their potential. I believe Higher Education is important as it offers people the opportunity to go further than they ever expected to. On our PGCE course, students will learn how to not just become a teacher - but how to become an outstanding one.