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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.

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Read about the funding available for undergraduate teacher training

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Read our tips on choosing a training provider, so you can find the right course for you

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St Mary's University PGCE Open Evening

25 August 2016 18:30

Discovering the best route for you into teacher training.


Teach First – career changer drop-in session

30 August 2016 12:00

Meet with a Teach First recruiter to learn more about the Leadership Development Programme.


Keele and North Staffordshire Primary SCITT open evening

01 September 2016 16:30

Meet with our SCITT team and find out more about our PGCE with QTS and assessment only programmes.

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Teach First: Apply First

01 September 2016 18:30

Evening presentation and workshops about how to make the best application to Teach First.