Troops to Teachers

As an Armed Services leaver, you can bring invaluable skills and experiences to the classroom by training to teach – where you could have the opportunity to apply for a fast-track Troops to Teachers course leading to an honours degree with qualified teacher status (QTS). 

Two-year Troops to Teachers courses are for non-graduates and lead to QTS and a degree qualification. This involves:

  • earning a salary as an unqualified teacher while you train (this could be 80% of the unqualified teacher pay ranges)
  • training to teach in a school for four days a week, with university training one a day a week to further your academic qualifications to degree level

You’ll need to be able to demonstrate, through your qualifications in the Armed Forces, that you have sufficient evidence of academic achievement and specialist subject knowledge to support your development.

The minimum eligibility requirements for the course are:

  • English language and maths GCSE (or equivalent) grade C, plus science if you want to teach primary
  • a minimum of 120 subject-related Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points if your current qualifications relate specifically to your chosen subject for teacher training
  • a minimum of 240 credits if your qualifications are not specific to your chosen specialist subject for teacher training, but they are related

Your qualifications can be either academic (for example from the Open University), or professional qualifications like Command, Leadership and Management or Defence Train the Trainer courses. Experiences can be formal roles either as a trainer/instructor, or applying the subject you wish to teach.

The Troops to Teachers programme is now accepting applications

Finding non-graduate courses

Troops to Teachers is run by the University of Brighton as the lead in a consortium of higher education institutions comprising:

  • Bath Spa University
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Reading
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Staffordshire
  • Delivery schools

For further information please contact or call 01273 643 598

Classification as an eligible Service leaver

To be eligible for a Troops to Teachers course as a non-graduate, you will usually have served for at least four years, and are within five years of your discharge date at the start of the programme.

Complete the Troops to Teachers registration form and we’ll send you further information as soon as it becomes available.

Non-graduate Service leavers can earn a salary while training

Upcoming events

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  • Return to Teaching Manchester

    07 May 2016 AT 10:00

    This event in Manchester will allow you the chance to speak to experts about returning to teaching.

  • Application workshop Manchester

    07 May 2016 AT 10:00

    Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.

  • The University of Manchester secondary taster session

    09 May 2016 AT 08:00

    Spend a full day at a secondary school with The University of Manchester.

    Manchester Open
  • Wildern School – school experience day

    09 May 2016 AT 08:45

    The Wildern School are offering a placement day for those looking to find out more about teaching art & design, biology, chemistry, computer science, English, geography, history, French, German, maths, physics or Spanish, in conjunction with the School Experience Programme.

    Southhampton Open