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It’s not too late to start training this September
Whether you’ve just graduated and are considering your options or you’re looking to change careers, you can still start teacher training this September. Applications are open until 15 September 2016, so there’s still time to join the 26,000 people that have already accepted a place.
The sooner you apply, the better – follow our key steps to making a successful application.
1. Check your qualifications
The minimum requirement for teacher training is a degree and a GCSE grade C or equivalent in maths and English (and science, for primary trainees). Find out more about what you need to become a teacher on our eligibility page.
2. Access financial support
You could be eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship to support your training. In addition, you could also receive loans to cover your tuition fees and maintenance costs from Student Finance England – find out more.
Alternatively, if you have three years’ work experience in any field, you could earn a salary while you train with School Direct (salaried), and your training costs are met by the training provider – you should check if this also includes a PGCE.
3. Arrange school experience
We can help you get time in a classroom on our School Experience Programme. This can help you decide whether teaching is right for you, as well as strengthening your application.
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4. Choose a training route to suit you
You’ll need to decide whether you want your teacher training to be school-led or university-led. Both routes offer a minimum of 24 weeks of practical teaching in two contrasting schools, but there are lots of other factors to consider too – read our guide to choosing a training provider. To maximise your chances of success, use all three of your options when you apply and choose a mixture of university-led and school-led courses.
5. Submit your application
Applications are made through UCAS Teacher Training. To apply you’ll need an engaging personal statement, details of any relevant school or work experience, and two references – find out more about these sections on our written application page.
Remember, we’re here to help you every step of the way. Register with us today and we can provide you with a range of support services to prepare you for a start this September.
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