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.
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.
You’ll be able to apply for university-led courses for a 2017 start on UCAS Teacher Training from mid-October. But there's plenty you can do now - read our tips on preparing a successful application. Register with us and we'll update you when applications open.
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.
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