Could you train to be a teacher?
There’s a wide range of different teacher training courses available, and the one you choose will likely depend on your qualifications, experience and where you want to train. Courses are available across the country, so you should have plenty of options on the location of your training, too.
There are, however, two key criteria that you’ll need to meet to train to teach in England, regardless of your course preference:
- a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in maths and English – and science if you want to be a primary teacher
- a UK degree (or an overseas equivalent)
If you don’t have the required GCSEs or overseas equivalent you should contact the school or university you would like to apply to, as they make the final judgement on equivalent qualifications accepted. Some schools and universities may offer you the opportunity to sit a GCSE equivalency test. If this option is not available, you may want to consider taking a part-time GCSE or Open Access course at your local further education college. You will need to cover the cost of this course yourself.
If you’re in your final year of uni, you can still begin your application now. There are also undergraduate degrees that include the chance to achieve qualified teacher status. If you’re a Service leaver, you may be able to gain qualified teacher status without a degree on a Troops to Teachers course.
Find out more about overseas equivalent qualifications and general eligibility requirements.