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. If all or part of your qualifications are from outside the UK, you should contact the schools or universities you would like to train with, as they make the final decision if your qualifications meet the minimum requirements -  you may be asked to formally recognise any overseas qualifications through UK NARIC. We can help you with this. Contact us on 0800 389 2500 and we can provide you with: 

  • guidance on your equivalent qualifications 
  • a free UK NARIC statement of comparability (this usually costs £49.50 plus VAT) once you’ve submitted your application, if required by your provider 

You can also contact your training provider(s) or Student Finance England to check if you’re eligible for a bursary and student finance.

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

EU nationals starting teacher training courses in the academic years 2019/20 and 2020/21 will still be eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship 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. Please note, bursaries and scholarships for 2020/21 will be announced in autumn 2019. Find out more.

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.