Teachers interacting with students in and out of the classroom

Have you got what it takes?

Teaching is increasingly becoming a career for the very best graduates and professionals. The proportion of new trainee teachers with a 2:1 or first is currently 73% – higher than it’s ever been before. So if you’ve got a degree and the right GCSEs, why not use those qualifications to become part of a respected profession alongside the best colleagues and bright young minds? By becoming a teacher, you can use your subject knowledge to give something back and make a difference. 

Turning a tough lesson into a success

Danny began teaching in an inner city school: “It was quite a hard school in a deprived area. I taught there for three years and it was tough, but extremely rewarding.”

As a PE teacher, he feels that his behaviour management skills are particularly important. “They need to be absolutely spot on if the students are to learn in your lessons because there are a lot of barriers that can prevent the students from accessing that learning.

“I had a group of year 10 students arrive to a rugby lesson with the view that rugby wasn’t for them and they weren’t going to do it.”

He listened to them, and adapted his approach to the lesson. His efforts were rewarded when several of the students joined his extra-curricular rugby class five days later.

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Danny Holliday, PE teacher

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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 an armed 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.

More than 90% of newly qualified teachers rate their training highly

Make an impact

Training to be a teacher helps you make the most of your skills, then continue to develop them in the classroom once you’re qualified. That applies to trainees from all kinds of academic and professional backgrounds – whether you’re a recent graduate or looking to change careers after many years in a particular profession. Whichever school- or university-led course you choose, training will always involve:

  • school placements
  • academic study
  • classroom management skills
  • mentoring and support

Upcoming events

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  • University of Reading information evening

    07 September 2015 AT 16:00

    The University of Reading hosts regular information meetings to explain School Direct and other routes into initial teacher training.

    Reading Open
  • Postgraduate and PGCE Open Evening

    09 September 2015 AT 17:30

    Find out about our teacher training courses in early years, primary and secondary levels, including PGCEs and School Direct. Hear from us, ask us questions, find out about fees, funding and the application process.

    London Open
  • Get Into Teaching – General information session

    10 September 2015 AT 11:00

    An information event with advice for anyone interested in training to become a teacher.

    Hounslow Open
  • Get Into Teaching day

    14 September 2015 AT 09:00

    A placement day at the Northampton School for Boys for aspiring teachers.

    Northampton Open