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    I am currently a practising lawyer but am thinking about getting into teaching either in higher education or at A level. I've been able to find out about what's needed for higher education quite easily but am a bit confused as to what I would need in order to teach A level law - maybe because its not on the national curriculum?! Presumably I still to do PGCE? Do I need a subsequently/different teaching qualification to teach A-level? Please can you help. Any info much appreciated.

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    Hi , I had the same problem last year, I just could not find any information on teaching at A level Law . However I was eventually directed to the right place from the secondary school i was working for as a TA/Study supervisor. Firstly it is now a requirement for teachers/lecturers of A levels to gain a PGCE (PC) Post grad Cert in Post Com. I am just finishing a great year at the institute of education IOE University of London and have been teaching Law at an Inner city college, the support you get from your university, college mentors and your peers is great. But bare in mind it can be very challenging, Check out http://www.ioe.ac.uk/study/teacherTraining/IPGC_PC999F.html

     

    All the best Terry

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    I am currently a practising lawyer but am thinking about getting into teaching either in higher education or at A level. I've been able to find out about what's needed for higher education quite easily but am a bit confused as to what I would need in order to teach A level law - maybe because its not on the national curriculum?! Presumably I still to do PGCE? Do I need a subsequently/different teaching qualification to teach A-level? Please can you help. Any info much appreciated.

    A few schools teach law and a PGCE in citizenship or a GTP training post might be sensible route to enter the profession if you want to be paid as a qualified teacher. The TDA website has details of routes into teaching www.tda.gov.uk. Alternatively, consider the FE sector where there are more opportunities to teach both ‘A' level law and applied law on vocational courses. The FE posts appear in the FE Focus section of the TES and the web site and there are likely to be more available for this September than in the school sector where sometimes law teaching is only offered on a part-time basis.
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    You are correct that you will need a PGCE in order to teach A Level Law and a number of FE colleges offering this programme. You must bear in mind that finding teaching placements may be difficult particularly if you are on a part time programme. Practical teaching experience is a mandatory requirement for the PGCE and juggle this with full time work can prove challenging. I am hoping to complete my second year on a two year part time PGCE although enjoyable has required considerable hard work.

    Most teaching institutions will expect subject specialist knowledge in law which I presume you will have as a practising lawyer. You will not need subsequent or addtional teaching qualification to teach A Level.

     

     

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    There are very few positions just teaching A-level law so to teach in a secondary school you would need additional strings to your bow if you wanted to teach full time.  You would need QTS through either GTP or PGCE.  Teaching in a 6th form college or FE does not require QTS although in practice many teachers in these institutions do have it.  To teach in HE you would most likely need a PhD and a proposal for how you would contribute to the research life of the dept.

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    Stay where you are- you get *** around by idiot managers teaching in A-level colleges. If you do decide to teach it - teach at an FE college, you get treated with respect, schools and 6th forms treat you like a ***.

     

    Good luck

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    You could also explore the option of teaching the chartered institute of legal executives examinations. I am a level 6 CILEX student and my tutors are solicitors and barristers who have moved into education.
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