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How to become a teacher

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There are different types of training programmes, as well as numerous subjects and age groups to choose from. Then there’s understanding funding options and entry requirements – but don’t be overwhelmed! Head to for easy-to-follow information about everything you need to know, broken down by each UK country where you can choose to train.
Decided teaching is the perfect career for you? Great! Start your application today. You’ll need to answer questions about yourself, give details of your qualifications, write a personal statement, and provide two references.
Get a place
After you’ve applied, your chosen training providers will consider your application. Before offering you a place, they will always interview you, and their offers can be conditional or unconditional. Once you accept an offer, that place is yours!
Start training!
Training programmes usually start in September or October, and full time programmes last for around a year. Find out more about life as a trainee teacher.
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