University-led undergraduate training

You need to have a degree to train to teach in England. If you don’t, you can study for one at a university and complete your teacher training at the same time. This is a great option if you’re set on a career in teaching after you’ve graduated.

There are two types of degree that lead to qualified teacher status (QTS) – both of which tend to focus on primary school placements, although there are secondary-level options available:

  • a bachelor of education (BEd) degree
  • bachelor of arts (BA) and bachelor of science (BSc) degrees with QTS

These courses generally take three to four years full-time, depending on the number and length of your school placements. Some can take two years if you already have undergraduate credits from previous studies.

On a BEd, you’ll concentrate on teaching, learning, and related academic principles. BA and BSc degrees focus more intently on giving you specialist knowledge in your chosen subject, but with an onus on also equipping you with the skills to pass that knowledge on in the classroom.

If you’re still deciding on your degree course, these undergraduate routes are your quickest option for achieving QTS. Your study will include plenty of time in the classroom learning practical skills with experienced teachers, and upon graduating you’ll be ready to start your first teaching job right away.

Applications for undergraduate teacher training courses work in the same way as other degree courses by applying through UCAS. The deadline to submit your application has now passed. However, you are still able to submit an application and enter the clearing process from 1 July.

You can find out more about funding for undergraduate teacher training in our funding section. This includes the new £9,000 bursary for undergraduate trainees on courses in maths and physics that lead to QTS.

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