University-led undergraduate training

You need to have a degree to train to teach in England. If you don't, you can study for one at a university and complete your teacher training at the same time. This is a great option if you're set on a career in teaching after you've graduated.

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 also equipping you with the skills to pass that knowledge on in the classroom.

If you’re still deciding on your degree course, these undergraduate routes are your quickest option for achieving QTS. 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.

Applications for undergraduate teacher training courses work in the same way as other degree courses by applying through UCAS. The main deadline to submit your application has now passed – this ensured that your application received equal consideration by universities and colleges. However, you may still submit an application until 30 June 2015, which will be considered if there are still available vacancies.

You can find out more about funding for undergraduate teacher training in our funding section. This includes the new £9,000 bursary for undergraduate trainees on courses in maths and physics that lead to QTS.

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Upcoming events

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  • Males into Primary Teaching conference

    21 April 2015 AT 14:00

    The Males into Primary Teaching conference is an unmissable event for male students who want a real insight into primary teaching as a career option and studying a teacher training course at university.

    Cheltenham Open
  • Teaching Information Event

    21 April 2015 AT 16:00

    This event is open to candidates interested in training to teach Primary or Secondary in local schools. There will be an opportunity to meet Headteachers and staff from our outstanding training provider Bromley Schools Collegiate to discuss the School Direct Training programmes. 

    Chislehurst Open
  • Train to Teach Sunderland

    21 April 2015 AT 17:00

    This event at the Sunderland Marriott offers an introduction to kick-starting your career in teaching and the chance to get your training questions answered.

    Sunderland Closed
  • School Direct (Primary General) and Early Years Introductory Evening

    21 April 2015 AT 19:00

    A presentation about Bourton Meadow Academy and the Teacher Training Centre and an outline of the School Direct Training Programmes on offer for September 2015, including details on eligibility and funding arrangements

    Buckingham Open