Alice Fevronia: How to become a secondary school Geography teacher

Meet Alice, best known as a runner-up in the Great British Bake Off, 2019. Alongside baking extravagant cakes, she works as a Geography teacher in an all-boys secondary school, teaching students between the ages of 11 and 18. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

You don't have to be an extrovert to be teacher.

When Alice left school she wasn't sure what she wanted to do, so at college she chose a range of A-level subjects she enjoyed rather than focusing on a specific career or 'set' of subjects that 'fitted' together.

One of the subjects she studied was Geography, which she continued to study at university. Alice then combined her passion for Geography with her love of working in a school environment, by going on to study for a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education), she now finds real meaning in her job as a secondary school teacher.

What to expect if you want to become a secondary school teacher

  • Secondary school teacher average salary: £25,714 to £41,604 per year
  • Secondary school teacher typical working hours: 37 to 45 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a secondary school teacher?

  • Typical entry requirements:
    • Undergraduate degree: You could get into this role by doing an undergraduate degree that leads to qualified teacher status (QTS), such as a Bachelor of Education (BEd). You'll usually need GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including Maths, English and Science and two to three A-levels or equivalent for a degree
    • Postgraduate study/training: If you have a degree in a curriculum subject without QTS, you can qualify as a teacher by completing a postgraduate teacher training course at university or on a school-based training programme
    • Apprenticeship: You can also get into this career through a teacher higher apprenticeship, if you have a relevant degree and want to teach in a secondary school. You'll usually need GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including Maths, English and Science, and a degree in a relevant subject
    • Work: You could also work towards this career by starting as a teaching assistant and doing a part-time degree. You could then move onto a postgraduate teaching course to get qualified teacher status.

This information is a guide and is constantly changing. Please check the National Careers Service website for the latest information and all the qualifications needed. (Sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service).

Learn more about routes into teaching on the Get Into Teaching website.

For careers advice in all parts of the UK visit: National Careers service (England), nidirect (Northern Ireland), My World of Work (Scotland) and Careers Wales (Wales).

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