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Routes into teaching in England

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  • Assessment Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

    A graduate route for experienced unqualified teachers to achieve QTS
    This programme is offered by a number of universities, colleges, SCITTs, and School Direct training providers in England. If you are working as an unqualified teacher, you could achieve QTS via the Assessment Only route. If you have a degree and substantial experience of working in a school, early years, or further education setting, this option allows you to gain QTS without undergoing a teacher training programme.

    Study level

    Postgraduate

    Study mode

    Full-time

    Fees and funding

    Fees payable
  • Future Teaching Scholars programme

    Funded programme for A level students with a passion for maths or physics
    This six year, full-time programme is for outstanding A level students with a passion for maths or physics. It offers financial support during your undergraduate years, as well as employment-based teacher training after you graduate.

    Study level

    Undergraduate

    Course type

    Uni-led

    Fees and funding

    Salaried training
  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training

    A non-graduate teaching route for the post-16 further education sector
    Typically one year long, Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) programmes are recognised teaching qualifications for the post-16 sector. You can choose a university or college-led pre-service training route, or work as an unqualified further education teacher while training part-time.

    Study level

    Undergraduate

    Study mode

    Full-time
    Part-time

    Course type

    Uni-led

    Fees and funding

    Fees payable
  • PGCE university-led teacher training

    University-led postgraduate initial teacher training programme, leading to QTS
    Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) training programmes are available for prospective primary and secondary school teachers. You apply to study with a specific training provider, and will conduct the majority of your study on campus. You’ll also get classroom experience, spending time teaching and being trained in at least two schools for a minimum of 24 weeks.

    Study level

    Postgraduate

    Study mode

    Full-time
    Part-time

    Course type

    Uni-led

    Fees and funding

    Fees payable
  • Postgraduate Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT)

    University or school-led training programmes leading to EYTS
    A number of postgraduate Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programmes are available via university or school-led training routes. All lead to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) on successful completion. EYTS allows you to specialise in working with children up to five years old only.

    Study level

    Postgraduate

    Study mode

    Full-time
    Part-time

    Fees and funding

    Fees payable
  • Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship

    An employment-based route that allows you earn a salary while you train
    Similar to School Direct (salaried) programmes, Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships are a new, nationally-recognised, work-based route into teaching. In addition to working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on successful completion of the course, apprentices will also complete an end point assessment (EPA) after the summer to consolidate learning from initial teacher training.

    Study level

    Postgraduate

    Study mode

    Full-time

    Course type

    School-led

    Fees and funding

    Salaried training
  • Researchers in Schools (including the Maths and Physics Chairs programme)

    Salaried programme for PhD graduates
    This option is for candidates who have completed, or are finishing, their PhD. It is a two or three-year salaried teacher training programme that offers a combination of classroom teaching and research opportunities, as you work towards gaining QTS. There is an optional third year, offering the opportunity to complete a leadership qualification recognised by the wider teaching profession, while continuing to teach in your placement school.

    Study level

    Postgraduate

    Study mode

    Full-time

    Course type

    School-led

    Fees and funding

    Salaried training
  • Returning to teaching

    Support is available for qualified teachers looking to return to teaching
    If you qualified to teach in England but have never taught in a school, or wish to return to teaching after time away from the profession, support is available to help make the transition.

    Study level

    Postgraduate

    Course type

    School-led
  • School Direct (salaried)

    An employment-based route that allows you earn a salary while you train
    This route allows you to learn ‘on the job’ and earn a salary while you train towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It’s an employment-based route for high quality graduates, typically with at least three years’ transferable work history. While the majority of School Direct training programmes include a PGCE qualification, not all do. If gaining a PGCE is important to you, check with your training provider before applying. You will receive an unqualified teacher's salary from your school, and the cost of your training will be covered, but you may be charged for your PGCE fees if awarded.

    Study level

    Postgraduate

    Study mode

    Full-time

    Course type

    School-led

    Fees and funding

    Salaried training
  • School Direct (tuition fee)

    A school-led teacher training programme leading to QTS
    With this training route, you’ll be based in a school, but will also be taught by the university, college, or SCITT that the school partners with. The school won’t be your employer, and in many ways, your training will be similar to other programmes in universities, colleges, and SCITTs. School Direct courses lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and the majority of these training programmes also include a PGCE qualification, but not all do. If gaining a PGCE is important to you, check before applying.

    Study level

    Postgraduate

    Study mode

    Full-time

    Course type

    School-led

    Fees and funding

    Fees payable
  • School-centred initial teacher training (SCITT)

    Practical, hands-on teacher training programmes leading to QTS
    This teacher training route is designed and delivered by groups of neighbouring schools and colleges. Most of the training is delivered in the classroom by experienced teachers. Many schools work in close partnerships with universities for SCITT programmes, enabling trainee teachers to gain a PGCE or PGDE alongside working towards Qualfied Teacher Status (QTS). Many SCITT courses also include a PGCE qualification, but not all do. If gaining a PGCE is important to you, check before applying.

    Study level

    Postgraduate

    Study mode

    Full-time

    Course type

    School-led

    Fees and funding

    Fees payable
  • Teach First: Leadership Development Programme

    A two year, school-based, salaried programme leading to a PGDE qualification
    This option combines leadership development and teacher training, giving applicants the chance to become an inspirational leader in classrooms that need it the most. It is a two year salaried programme, leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) qualification. Following five weeks of intensive training, you’ll continue to learn on the job while you work towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

    Study level

    Postgraduate

    Study mode

    Full-time

    Course type

    School-led

    Fees and funding

    Salaried training
  • Troops to Teachers

    Two year degree programme for exceptional former services personnel
    Recruitment for the Troops to Teachers programme has closed for this application cycle. To register your interest in future Troops to Teachers opportunities, please email the University of Brighton or call 01273 643 598.

    Study level

    Undergraduate

    Course type

    Uni-led

    Fees and funding

    Salaried training
  • Undergraduate degree plus postgraduate training

    Apply for postgraduate teacher training after you graduate to gain QTS
    You can study for a BA or BSc, then train to teach after you graduate. Following your undergraduate degree, you can apply for a postgraduate teacher training programme to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

    Study level

    Undergraduate

    Course type

    Uni-led

    Fees and funding

    Fees payable
  • Undergraduate Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT)

    Apply for a degree in an early childhood subject to graduate with EYTS
    This undergraduate route is for those wanting to teach Early Years Foundation Stage. You can apply for a degree in an early childhood-related subject to graduate with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). EYTS allows you to specialise in working with children up to five years old only. Courses take between three to four years to complete.

    Study level

    Undergraduate

    Study mode

    Full-time
    Part-time

    Fees and funding

    Fees payable
  • Undergraduate Initial Teacher Training

    Apply for BEd, BA, or BSc education degrees to graduate with QTS
    You can apply for Initial Teacher Training programmes to graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Bachelor of Education (BEd) degrees are a popular route for prospective primary school teachers, but some universities do offer secondary-level BEd programmes for certain specialisms. Alternatively, you could study for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) education degree. These have a greater focus on training to teach a specific subject. Courses take between three to four years to complete.

    Study level

    Undergraduate

    Study mode

    Full-time
    Part-time

    Course type

    Uni-led

    Fees and funding

    Fees payable

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