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University-led training

Universities and colleges offer teacher training courses for both graduates and undergraduates. If you want your teacher training to be based at a university, this is the option for you.

Postgraduate training

If you are a graduate, you may want to train via a university-led course at a university or college.

University-led courses run full-time over one year, or part-time over two years. Your training will include spending time at your university or college, working with other trainees and being taught by university colleagues.

You’ll also spend plenty of time in your placement schools – a minimum of 24 weeks. This will help you develop your practical teaching skills and ability to manage and plan classes effectively. All courses lead to qualified teacher status (QTS) and a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). 

Financial support during your training

There is lots of financial support available to help fund university-led training. Depending on your degree class and the subject you want to teach, you could be eligible for a generous tax-fee bursary or scholarship. If not, you’ll still have access to a tuition fee and maintenance loan to cover your training.

University-led courses are available across England, so there are plenty of options when it comes to location. 

Make a start on your application through UCAS Teacher Training. You don’t have to finish this in one go – you can save your details and return any time.

Undergraduate training

You need a degree if you want to train to teach in England. You can gain a degree and qualified teacher status (QTS) together on a three- or four-year course, combining academic study with learning practical classroom skills. Find out more about undergraduate teacher training or visit our eligibility page if you want to know more about the basic requirements for becoming a teacher.

If you need further information, call us on Freephone 0800 389 2500 or use our online chat service between 8am and 8pm.


Upcoming events

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Train to Teach Cardiff

03 December 2016 10:00

This event in Cardiff will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.


Train to Teach Coventry

06 December 2016 16:30

This event in Coventry will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.


Advice for international applicants

06 December 2016 18:30

You can train as a teacher in England even if you are not from the UK. Join this online session to receive helpful advice from our expert teaching advisers about funding, gaining school experience, and converting your qualifications from abroad.

East of England Teacher Training Centre meet and greet event

03 December 2016 09:00

Come and meet with staff from the East of England Teacher Training Centre.