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Teacher training programmes

Teacher training programmes provide you with practical classroom experience. Find out about the different routes you can take to train to be a teacher.
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UCAS Teacher Training is the scheme to apply for the main postgraduate routes into teaching if you’re based in England or Wales, while some other, more specialised, teaching routes may have a different application process, for example, teacher training in Scotland – see other routes.

If you don’t already hold a degree, take a look at our section on teacher training programmes for undergraduates.


University and college-led ITET training programmes

  • These training programmes enable you to be recommended for QTS and to achieve a PGCE.
  • You’ll get classroom experience by spending time teaching and being trained in at least two schools, for a minimum of 120 days (24 weeks) of the programme.
  • You’ll also spend time at the university or college you’ve chosen, working with a group of other students and being taught by university staff.
  • They generally run from September to June in England and Wales – however, you might be able to find flexible distance learning or part-time programmes over two years.
  • In Wales, most training programmes are university or college-based, and you have a choice of programmes delivered in English or in Welsh.
  • In Scotland, all training programmes are university or college-based. You'll need to apply to study teacher education in Scotland through our UCAS Undergraduate scheme.
  • Spaces on popular teacher training programmes fill up quickly. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so we would advise you to apply early. Some subjects will have a limited number of places available, so make sure you don't leave your application to the last minute!

School-led ITET training programmes

  • It’s a great way to have your training supported by experienced teachers.
  • These routes still include lectures, tutorials and seminars that cover the same material as university or college training programmes.
  • All training programmes lead to QTS recommendation, and most to the PGCE qualification too. (If you’re considering the PGCE, make sure the training programme you choose leads to it.)
  • Spaces on popular teacher training programmes fill up quickly. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so we would advise you to apply early. Some subjects will have a limited number of places available, so make sure you don't leave your application to the last minute! 
  • If you’re successful in your training, it may be you are offered a job in one of the schools in the partnership
  • Graduates with around three years’ work experience in any field (there may be exceptions for STEM subjects) might be able to earn a salary while they train on the job.
  • There are primary and secondary places available all over England – the numbers vary across subjects and age groups, depending on the number of schools in each partnership.
  • Training programmes generally last one year full-time, in line with the term dates of your chosen school.
  • Some schools may consider part-time placements – you’ll need to approach a school directly if you’d like to be considered for a part-time placement. This year on the School Direct (salaried) route, some schools are offering part-time or abridged programmes – you can search for these on our search tool.
  • You'll complete a minimum of two school placements, while gradually building up your teaching experience.
  • Training providers will make vacancies available at different points in the year, as this helps them manage the volume of applications they receive. If you have a preferred provider in mind, but they do not currently have vacancies, we suggest contacting them to find out if they plan to make places available in the future.

Want to find out more about your teacher training options?

Sign up to receive our online teacher training information pack, a free step-by-step guide to applying for a teacher training programme. In addition, you’ll receive a monthly email full of hints and tips, including advice from other students who’ve already been through the UCAS Teacher Training application process.