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. 

The sooner you apply, the better – follow our key steps to making a successful application.  

Teachers and trainees talk about their experiences of the support that is available while on a teacher training programme. Transcript (PDF, 117KB)

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

Once you’ve submitted your application, you’ll also need to book and pass your skills tests and prepare for interviews you’re invited to attend. 

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.   

*Conditions apply

9 out of 10 newly qualified teachers were employed within six months of completing training

Find out how you can write a great teaching application from a range of teaching professionals. Transcript (PDF, 114KB)

It’s never too late to think about teaching. I work alongside many colleagues who didn’t apply until later in the year. Indeed, I didn’t apply until the summer.

Louise Watson, assistant director SCITT

Upcoming events

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Train to Teach University of Cumbria

22 June 2017 15:00

This event in Lancaster will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.


Preparing for your teacher training

05 June 2017 18:30

Have you accepted a teacher training place for September 2017? Join us to find out how you can prepare for the best possible start.

Advice for First and Second Year Undergraduates

12 June 2017 18:30

This online event is for first and second year university students interested in teaching. Find out what you can do now that will help you make a great application for teacher training.

Support with your application

19 June 2017 18:30

This online event will provide hints and tips on how to draft a great personal statement.