University-led undergraduate training
If you’re not a graduate, you can get a degree at a university and complete your teacher training at the same time. You can also get your degree and extra training before completing bespoke teacher training in a school. If you’re set on a career in teaching after you’ve graduated, these courses are the fastest way to achieve QTS.
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 enabling you to pass that knowledge on in the classroom.
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.
Applying for an undergraduate course
Make sure you’ve established that you’re eligible for an undergraduate teacher training course – providers may also have additional requirements, so it’s worth asking before you apply.
Applications for undergraduate teacher training courses work in the same way as other degree courses by applying through UCAS, and there’s plenty of financial support available to help you get there – find out more in our funding section.
Maths and physics trainees
A £9,000 bursary is available for undergraduate trainees on courses in maths and physics that lead to QTS.
Alternatively, if you want to do a full maths or physics degree and train as a teacher afterwards, you could be eligible for the Future Teaching Scholars programme which offers a grant of £15,000 – find out more.
To find out more, you can call us on Freephone 0800 389 2500.
01 April 2017 10:00
This event in Liverpool will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.
08 April 2017 10:00
This event in Manchester will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.
09 May 2017 16:30
This event in Brighton will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.
28 March 2017 17:30
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.