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).
New in 2015 is the Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), which is based around the Teachers' Standards (Early Years). This qualification is designed for anyone who wishes to work in the Early Years sector with children and babies from 0 - 5 years. It does not qualify to work in Primary schools.
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:
- Early Years: children and babies between the ages of 0 to 5 years.
- 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.
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.
Assessment Only Route
If you are an experienced graduate with substantial teaching experience, our Assessment Only Route to QTS and our Assessment Only Route to EYTS short courses are a route to gain Qualified Teaching Status or Early Years Teacher Status through an assessment of your current practice.
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:
- Undergraduate courses for Early Years, Primary and Secondary teaching (BA and BSc courses)
- Postgraduate courses for Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Post-Compulsory teaching (PGCE, PGDE and School Direct courses)
- The National College for Teaching and Leadership (formerly the Teaching Agency)
- Teacher training loans, bursaries and scholarships
- Get into Teaching on YouTube and Facebook