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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. These are great options 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. 

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.

If you want to do a full maths or physics degree and train as a teacher afterwards, you might be eligible for the Future Teaching Scholars programme. It offers a grant of £15,000, extra support and training while an undergraduate, followed by a specialist teacher training course. 

To find out more, you can call us on Freephone 0800 389 2500.

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Upcoming events

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Premier Pathways – Get into Teaching

31 May 2016 12:30

An interactive presentation and workshop on the benefits of teaching, and explaining the different routes into teaching.


Ark Teacher Training information evening

31 May 2016 18:00

A chance to learn about the Ark Teacher Training programme and get application advice.


Changing Career – drop-in sessions

02 June 2016 17:00

Join us for a coffee with a Teach First recruiter


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.