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General Chat Thread, Degree - Distance learning in General; Originally Posted by beeswax I completed the Learning, Technology & Research (now called Learning Through Technology) degree at Anglia Ruskin ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by beeswax View Post
    I completed the Learning, Technology & Research (now called Learning Through Technology) degree at Anglia Ruskin University in December 2009. It is part-time, i.e. a 3 year course which you completed around your full time job, though others joined the course part way through as they's taken time out for one reason or another. I see they now have a part time option, whether this means you can take longer to complete it, I don't know. I found it hard going doing it after a full days work, and by the final term I was completely knackered, but now I've had a year's break I'm considering the MA.


    Edit: I had to fund myself
    May I ask how much this cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    Are you aiming for qualified teacher status (QTS), so you can officially be employed as a teacher in a state school? Or are you simply aiming to do a spot of tutoring or similar? A PGCE or GTP course is hard work, especially on top of spending 5 years doing a degree part-time. You might do better to do an NVQ course to be a teaching assistant, that might be sufficient to cover what you're aiming for.

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    I want to go the whole hog, ie QTS. Me and the missus are thinking of going abroad at some point so thought this would be an enormous asset. Worth the effort I think!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bodminman View Post
    I want to go the whole hog, ie QTS. Me and the missus are thinking of going abroad at some point so thought this would be an enormous asset. Worth the effort I think!
    Some countries (eg Canada) do not accept part time degrees/PGCE/GTP as sufficient qualifications for teaching, only full-time qualifications. Why, I've no idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
    Some countries (eg Canada) do not accept part time degrees/PGCE/GTP as sufficient qualifications for teaching, only full-time qualifications. Why, I've no idea.
    That's a strange one isn't it!?! Why should they discount a degree that someone has taken whilst juggling a work life and family life. If anything surely this shows commitment/dedication etc etc etc

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    + 1 for Open Uni, just abut to complete receive my degree after 6 years PT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
    Some countries (eg Canada) do not accept part time degrees/PGCE/GTP as sufficient qualifications for teaching, only full-time qualifications.
    I don't think any PGCE or GTP programmes come as a part-time option, teacher training is pretty full-on.

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    I didn't think so either, but according to this:
    Postgraduate Certificate of Education - Get into teaching - TDA
    you can do a PGCE in two years if you do it part time

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    GTP is regarded as part time as well, you're employed in a teaching post whilst studying it. A good friend of mine did GTP and after a few years teaching here emigrated to Canada. They wouldn't accept GTP as a teaching qualification as they regarded it as a part time course. He therefore had a choice of 2 years retraining as a teacher at his own expense, or go back into industry, which is what he did.
    So, if planning to emigrate, check what qualifications are acceptable in that country before you start your study ;-)
    Last edited by teejay; 20th January 2011 at 10:30 PM.

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