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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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  • Advice for first- and second-year undergraduates

    15 February 2016 AT 18:30

    This event is specifically tailored for students currently in their first or second year at university. The session will offer guidance on how best to prepare for your teacher training application.

    Open
  • Teach First career changer coffee with a recruiter

    16 February 2016 AT 08:30

    For anyone considering joining the Teach First Leadership Development Programme (LDP) from another career, we are holding sessions with a member of our experienced hires recruitment team to give you the chance to get all of your questions answered.

    London Open
  • Teach First career changer coffee with a recruiter

    16 February 2016 AT 17:00

    For anyone considering joining the Teach First Leadership Development Programme (LDP) from another career, we are holding sessions with a member of our experienced hires recruitment team to give you the chance to get all of your questions answered.

    London Open
  • Teach First – information day

    17 February 2016 AT 08:00

    For anyone considering joining the Leadership Development Programme (LDP) from another career, Teach First are holding coffee drop-in sessions in Edinburgh with a member of its experienced hires recruitment team so you can get all your questions answered.

    Edinburgh Open