Troops to Teachers
As an Armed Services leaver, you can bring invaluable skills and experiences to the classroom by training to teach. If you’re interested in teaching secondary maths, biology, chemistry, physics, computing or modern foreign languages, you could fast-track your career into teaching with Troops to Teachers. You’ll start your training from September 2017, which will lead 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
- training in secondary maths, biology, chemistry, physics, computing or modern foreign languages
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
- 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.
If you already have a degree, you could access financial support of up to £25,000 on a postgraduate teacher training programme.
How to apply
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.
Apply now for September 2017
Non-graduate Service leavers can earn a salary while training
22 June 2017 15:00
This event in Lancaster will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.
05 June 2017 18:30
Have you accepted a teacher training place for September 2017? Join us to find out how you can prepare for the best possible start.
12 June 2017 18:30
This online event is for first and second year university students interested in teaching. Find out what you can do now that will help you make a great application for teacher training.
19 June 2017 18:30
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