Training options

Once you’ve decided which subject and age group you want to teach, you’ll need to consider the various different training courses. The one you choose will depend on your subject, qualifications, experience, and where you want to train. All courses include a minimum of 24 weeks training in at least two schools and lead to qualified teacher status. 

Most school-led and all postgraduate university-led courses include a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), a professional qualification you can gain while training towards qualified teacher status.

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.

School-led and university-led courses

These options are available in universities and schools, and account for the majority of teacher training places.

Other options

These options offer different ways to gain QTS depending on your professional or academic background.

Upcoming events

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  • University of Reading information evening

    07 September 2015 AT 16:00

    The University of Reading hosts regular information meetings to explain School Direct and other routes into initial teacher training.

    Reading Open
  • Postgraduate and PGCE Open Evening

    09 September 2015 AT 17:30

    Find out about our teacher training courses in early years, primary and secondary levels, including PGCEs and School Direct. Hear from us, ask us questions, find out about fees, funding and the application process.

    London Open
  • Get Into Teaching – General information session

    10 September 2015 AT 11:00

    An information event with advice for anyone interested in training to become a teacher.

    Hounslow Open
  • Get Into Teaching day

    14 September 2015 AT 09:00

    A placement day at the Northampton School for Boys for aspiring teachers.

    Northampton Open