Whatever age range you’re hoping to teach and whichever subject you’re hoping to specialise in, there are many reasons why studying a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) is a good idea. Here are five of them…
Reasons to Study a PGCE
1. The funding options
unlike many other postgraduate courses, there are actually plenty of options available to students who opt to do a PGCE. There is always a demand for teachers and the Government subsequently protects PGCE students, meaning you’ll have access to the same funding options that undergraduate students do (not to mention a range of scholarships and training bursaries). Click here for more detailed information on PGCE funding options.
2. The starting salary (bear with us)
Okay, so it’s not often you hear people going on about how ridiculously well-paid teachers are, but let’s get one thing clear: when you go into your first teaching job, you will earn a minimum of $21,588. If you’re working in inner London, that jumps up to $27,000 (which isn’t at all bad in the current graduate job market). These wages will also go up every year for the first few years of your career, and will jump even higher if you move into a management position within a school.
3. The career path
As well as a solid starting salary, a job in teaching also gives you good career security. The demand for new teachers always seems to be high, and once you land your first job you’ll have a range of different paths ahead of you. You could aim to move into a management position within your department, or go straight up the main career ladder within your school (Head of Year, Deputy Head and then on to Headteacher). It may interest you to know that some headteachers earn six-figure salaries…
4. The job structure
By job structure we mean the nice, six-week summer holidays you’ll be enjoying (not to mention Christmas, Easter and half-term). Okay, so the reality is you’ll probably still be working to some extent over the latter holidays, but having the whole of August off is massive perk to the job.
5. The variety
You’ll discover this on placement during your PGCE, and it’ll be further enforced during your career; the fact is, being a teacher is an incredibly varied and changeable experience (and we mean on a day-to-day basis). You’ll constantly be facing new challenges and new situations, and you’ll almost certainly never be bored.