EU nationals

Teaching in England offers a wealth of opportunities and rewards to enable you to build a stimulating and successful career. Additionally, during your teacher training year you could get a tax-free £25k bursary, and a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England. Under current rules, EU nationals can access this support if you've resided in the European Economic Area or Switzerland throughout the three-year period before the start of the course. 

Read our short summary, below, on preparing for teacher training. Remember to register with us for support throughout your application to teacher training. You could even get your own personalised adviser, through our free Premier Plus adviser service, to support you throughout your journey into teaching. 


Check your qualifications 

The minimum requirements for teacher training in England are that you hold a degree and high school qualifications in maths and English (and science, for primary trainees only), which should be UK equivalent to a GCSE grade C.

If all or part of your qualifications are from outside the UK you should contact the schools or universities you would like to train with, as they make the final decision if your qualifications meet the minimum requirements -  you may be asked to formally recognise any overseas qualifications through a NARIC check.

You can search for local schools and universities through UCAS Teacher Training.  

Financial support during your training 

Remember there’s been no change to rights and status of non-UK EU nationals as a result of the referendum. This means if you apply for teacher training for 2017/18, you will continue to receive financial support even if the UK exits the EU during the period of your training course – find out more.

There’s a wide range of funding available to support you during your training in England:

The financial support from a bursary will depend on your degree classification, which can be checked by using the overseas degree equivalency table, and your nationality or residency status. 

Explore your teacher training options

There are two routes into teaching school- or university-led teacher training. You should start exploring the different routes available to get an idea of which one may suit you. 

To maximise your chances of success, use all three of your options when you apply and choose a mixture of university-led and school-led courses. You can then make a final decision based on your interview experience as to which course is right for you. 

School experience 

It’s important you gain some school experience in the UK this will not only support your application, but will help you decide if teaching is for you. We can help you gain your school experience

Increase your subject confidence 

Once accepted on a training course, you could access help to refresh your subject knowledge or teach another related-subject via a funded subject knowledge enhancement course

Apply and take the skills test 

UCAS Teacher Training is the application service for teacher training, and you use their website to apply, when ready - read our tips on applying for teacher training. Once you’ve submitted your application, you’ll also need to take the skills test

After you qualify as a teacher you’ll be in demand, particularly if you train to teach languages, computing, physics, maths, biology, geography or chemistry. Remember to register with us, you could receive support throughout the application stages with your own personal adviser.

 If you have any further questions, please contact our dedicated team on Freephone 0800 085 0971. 



Upcoming events

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Train to Teach University of Cumbria

22 June 2017 15:00

This event in Lancaster will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.


Application workshop Leicester

24 May 2017 17:30

Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.


Application workshop London

24 May 2017 17:30

Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.


Preparing for your teacher training

05 June 2017 18:30

Have you accepted a teacher training place for September 2017? Join us to find out how you can prepare for the best possible start.