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Explore my options

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 explore your options 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 options

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 is the best fit for you.

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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  • North West Primary & Early Years SCITT Open Event

    12 February 2016 AT 13:00

    We would like to welcome innovative and creative graduates, who are interested in a career in primary or early years teaching, to join us for our forthcoming Open Event.

    Skelmersdale
  • Nottingham Trent University numeracy skills test revision session

    12 February 2016 AT 13:00

    Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses starting in 2016/17 and beyond are required to have passed the professional skills tests in both numeracy and literacy before the start of their course.

    Nottingham
  • Middlesex University Open Day

    13 February 2016 AT 10:00

    At Middlesex University, we give our graduates the confidence and skills to launch into their vocation and make a real difference to children’s lives.

    London
  • Train to Teach Leicester

    13 February 2016 AT 10:00

    This event in Leicester gives you the chance to ask experts about teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.

    Leicester