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There are plenty of great ways to make a difference by getting into teaching. How you go about it will depend on your personal circumstances, qualifications, and the subject and age group you want to teach.

Check with course providers for confirmation of where you will be eligible to teach once qualified, or visit our eligibility page if you’re unsure about the basic requirements for teacher training.

If you want to train as a primary or secondary teacher, you can find out more about the different subjects you could teach, the routes into teaching and funding support available using the boxes below.

Subjects

As a teacher, you can use your passion to inspire the next generation and make a difference. Use this section to find out more about the different subjects you can teach.

Secondary subject options

Because you’ll be teaching your subject from key stage 3 right through to A level, you’ll get to see pupils’ understanding develop over the years you teach them. There’s lots of support available to help you fund your teacher training, including tax-free bursaries or a salary while you train – even if your degree isn’t in the subject you want to teach.

Priority subjects

These secondary subjects are particular priorities, so attract additional support and higher levels of funding. Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses are also available for eligible candidates who want to enhance their knowledge so that they can teach a priority subject.

Training routes

Whether you’d like your training to be led by a school or a university, there’s a training course available to suit you. Explore this section to find out which route into teaching is best for you.

The course you choose will depend on your subject, qualifications, experience, and where you want to train. All courses include time spent training in at least two schools and lead to qualified teacher status.

There’s still time for you to start a teacher training course in September. When applying via UCAS, you can choose three different training providers. To increase your chances of success, you should consider applying for a mixture of university-led and school-led courses. You can make the final decision about which course is right for you based on your interview. 

Funding

There’s lots of support available to help fund your teacher training, including tax-free training bursaries or a salary while you train.

Primary funding options

​Tax-free bursaries are available for trainee primary teachers on a qualifying postgraduate teacher training course in England. If you’re not eligible for a bursary, you can still access standard loans and grants to cover your tuition fees. Alternatively, if you are a graduate with three or more years’ work experience, you could earn a salary on a School Direct (salaried) training programme. 

Secondary funding options

The subjects that attract bursaries and scholarships are listed below, and are available to eligible trainees on a qualifying postgraduate teacher training course in England. If you are not eligible for this support, you could access standard loans and grants to cover your tuition fees. Alternatively, if you are a graduate with three or more years’ work experience, you could earn a salary in subjects beyond those listed below on a School Direct (salaried) training programme. You can search for all available courses on UCAS Teacher Training.

Upcoming events

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Oriel High School – school experience day

25 May 2016 08:00

Our programme will give you the experience of a typical day in a secondary school.

Crawley

The Pimlico-London SCITT open morning

25 May 2016 08:30

An opportunity to find out about our training opportunities and have your questions answered.

London

SCITTELS numeracy professional skills test support

25 May 2016 14:00

Get support and advice to prepare for the numeracy professional skills tests.

London

Newman University postgraduate teacher training open evening

25 May 2016 16:00

Senior academic staff from the School of Education at Newman will be present to answer questions on university-based and school-based (School Direct) routes into teaching offered by Newman University.

Birmingham