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 EU nationals and EEA citizens following EU referendum result: 

There has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals, as we approach leaving the EU. This means EU nationals applying for teacher training in 2017/18 and 2018/19 will still be able to access tax-free bursaries or scholarships, and a tuition fee loan. Under current rules, EU nationals can access this support if they have resided in the European Economic Area or Switzerland throughout the three-year period before the start of the course - find out more. Throughout the negotiation of leaving the EU, the UK Government is remaining focused on providing certainty, clarity and stability for EU citizens living in the UK, upholding the proposals set out on 26 June 2017 and as set out by the Prime Minister in her speech in Florence. Further information on the status of EU citizens in the UK can be found on GOV.UK.

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.

 

95% of newly qualified teachers are employed in a teaching role within six months of completing their training

On average, a teacher earns £38,400 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 Birmingham

25 October 2017 15:00

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

Birmingham

Train to Teach York

31 October 2017 16:30

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

York

Train to Teach Edge Hill University

01 November 2017 15:00

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

Liverpool

Train to Teach University of Reading

02 November 2017 16:30

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

Reading