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Explore my options

There are plenty of great ways to make a difference by getting into teaching. How you go about it will depend on your personal circumstances, qualifications, and the subject and age group you want to teach.

Check with course providers for confirmation of where you will be eligible to teach once qualified, or visit our eligibility page if you’re unsure about the basic requirements for teacher training.

If you want to train as a primary or secondary teacher, you can explore your options using the boxes below.

Subjects

As a teacher, you can use your passion to inspire the next generation and make a difference. Use this section to find out more about the different subjects you can teach.

Secondary subject options

Because you’ll be teaching your subject from key stage 3 right through to A level, you’ll get to see pupils’ understanding develop over the years you teach them. There’s lots of support available to help you fund your teacher training, including tax-free bursaries or a salary while you train – even if your degree isn’t in the subject you want to teach.

Priority subjects

These secondary subjects are particular priorities, so attract additional support and higher levels of funding. Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses are also available for eligible candidates who want to enhance their knowledge so that they can teach a priority subject.

Training options

Whether you’d like your training to be led by a school or a university, there’s a training course available to suit you. Explore this section to find out which is the best fit for you.

Funding

There’s lots of support available to help fund your teacher training, including tax-free training bursaries or a salary while you train.

Primary funding options

​Tax-free bursaries are available for trainee primary teachers on a qualifying postgraduate teacher training course in England. If you’re not eligible for a bursary, you can still access standard loans and grants to cover your tuition fees. Alternatively, if you are a graduate with three or more years’ work experience, you could earn a salary on a School Direct (salaried) training programme. 

Secondary funding options

The subjects that attract bursaries and scholarships are listed below, and are available to eligible trainees on a qualifying postgraduate teacher training course in England. If you are not eligible for this support, you could access standard loans and grants to cover your tuition fees. Alternatively, if you are a graduate with three or more years’ work experience, you could earn a salary in subjects beyond those listed below on a School Direct (salaried) training programme. You can search for all available courses on UCAS Teacher Training.

Upcoming events

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  • Emmanuel College – training to teach

    11 February 2016 AT 08:00

    Emmanuel College is hosting an event aimed at undergraduates, graduates and career changers looking to start training in 2016. You will spend the day observing lessons and speaking with our experts who will be on hand to offer advice.

    Gateshead
  • Bromley Schools’ Collegiate – teaching information event

    11 February 2016 AT 08:30

    We have been graded as outstanding by Ofsted with partnership schools in the borough of Bromley. There will be an opportunity to meet teachers and BSC staff to discuss the School Direct (salaried), School Direct training and SCITT programmes.

    Kent
  • Bay House School and Sixth Form school experience day

    11 February 2016 AT 08:30

    This is an open day to allow potential candidates the opportunity to experience our school environment.

    Gosport
  • School experience day – Retford Oaks Academy

    11 February 2016 AT 08:30

    Retford Oaks Academy is running an school experience day for those interested in gaining further information about teacher training. You will be observing four lessons within your subject area and have a session with the teaching school leaders about routes into teaching.

    Nottingham