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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  • Professional Skills Test support – numeracy

    03 June 2015 AT 16:00

    Learn about how to plan, prepare and practice for the numeracy professional skills tests.

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    03 June 2015 AT 16:30

    Learn about how to get into teaching with SCITTELS, an outstanding ITT provider. We will tell you about how to apply, information to help you decide which route is best for you, finances, and a typical day as a trainee teacher. 

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    03 June 2015 AT 17:00

    This event is for everyone interested in teacher training across various age groups and those considering studying education-based degrees at undergraduate level.  

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    03 June 2015 AT 17:30

    Considering a teaching career? Interested in School Direct and a PGCE? Ark Teacher Training together with Ark Schools is holding a mini Train to Teach event at Ark Globe Academy in Southwark for those looking to become teachers.

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