Teacher training

Why teach?

Teaching can be a stimulating and rewarding career. Good teachers are always in demand, and with starting salaries averaging £23,000 and generous bursaries and scholarships while you train, this is the ideal time to train to teach.

We have been training teachers and educators for over 50 years, and pride ourselves in developing confident and adaptable graduates who are in demand by schools.

We are consistently above the national average for the number of our students in teaching roles within a year of graduating.
Teaching Agency data, February 2012.

What qualifications do you need?

All initial teacher training courses lead to the all-important recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This is your licence to teach pupils in state maintained or special schools. You will then have to do a three term induction in a school as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) before you become a fully-fledged teacher.

It is slightly different in the post-compulsory education sector where you train for Qualified Teaching and Learning Skills status (QTLS).

Routes into Teaching

Your ideal path to becoming a qualified teacher is dependent on the qualifications you currently hold and the age range you want to teach.

  • A-levels, BTEC or equivalent: you can gain teaching status through an undergraduate BA or BSc degree.
  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent: you can take a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Education (PGCE/PGDE) through a university-based course or School Direct Training Programme.

The age ranges you can train to teach are:

  • Primary: children aged 3-11 years, covering pre-school, reception and Key Stages 1 and 2.
  • Secondary: children between the ages of 11-16, or up to 19 in schools with sixth forms.
  • Post-compulsory: this covers a wide range of educational environments with learners from 16 to 100 years of age.

Click here to find out more about each of these sectors: Primary, Secondary, Post-compulsory, Booster courses.

Professional Skills Tests

You must pass professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy as part of the application process for teacher training courses. You must pass these tests before you start your course. Find out more about the tests on the Department for Education website

Assessment Only Route to QTS

If you are an experienced graduate with substantial teaching experience, our Assessment Only Route to QTS short course is a route to gain Qualified Teaching Status through an assessment of your current teaching.

Find out more at an open day

Come along to an open day to find out more about our teacher training courses, talk to our tutors and take a look around our campuses:

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