Overseas graduates

Teaching in England offers a wealth of opportunities and rewards to enable you to build a stimulating and successful career. There’s also plenty of support in place to help trainees on their journey into teaching – particularly in maths and physics – so becoming a teacher may be easier than you think. 

If you want to train to teach in England, we’re here to help. Your first step should be completing our registration form so you can receive one-on-one support from our dedicated advisers. Once you’ve done that, start exploring the different teacher training routes available to get an idea of which one might suit you.

If you’re a graduate from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), you may need to apply for a visa before starting your teacher training course. The type of visa will depend on whether you choose a salaried or non-salaried route. For example, if you choose School Direct (salaried), you may need to apply for a Tier 2 visa.

No matter where you’re from, you’ll need to meet some basic eligibility requirements in terms of qualifications. The training provider you apply to will make the final decision on equivalency of any overseas qualifications you have.

You can also:

Important information for non-UK nationals and EEA citizens following EU referendum result:

If you have secured a place on an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course starting in September 2016 or are thinking of applying for an ITT course starting this year, please be reassured there is no change to the financial support available to you. Further information has been published by Student Finance England

If you’re already a qualified teacher from overseas, please visit our overseas candidates page to find out how you could gain qualified teacher status (QTS) in England.


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

On average, a teacher earns £37,800 a year

Watch this video for helpful tips on getting into teaching, from real trainees and experienced teachers. Transcript (PDF, 118KB)

If you want to do it, if you think you have a passion for it, then go for it.

Mia Webb, trainee maths teacher

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.