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University-led training

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.

Postgraduate training

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.

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 standard loans and grants to cover your training.

University-led courses are available across England, so there are plenty of options when it comes to location. Make a start on your application through UCAS Teacher Training. You don’t have to finish this in one go – you can save your details and return any time.

Earn up to

£65k*

as a great teacher

*Conditions apply

Undergraduate training

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.

If you need further information, call us on Freephone 0800 389 2500 or use our online chat service between 8am and 8pm.

90% of newly qualified teachers rate their training highly

Watch this video for helpful tips on getting into teaching, from real trainees and experienced teachers. Transcript (PDF, 118KB)

I’d been out of education for nearly 20 years, and even though it was difficult, I thoroughly enjoyed my learning journey.

Allison Kitchin, primary teacher

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Ark Teacher Training information evening

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02 June 2016 17:00

Join us for a coffee with a Teach First recruiter

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Oxford Brookes University – PGCE primary open day

04 June 2016 09:00

Come along to our open day and find out about training to be a primary teacher on our PGCE course.

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