How to train as a teacher

There are lots of different ways you can become a teacher. iCould have produced an article highlighting the training options, qualifications and experience you’ll need to get started.

Routes into teaching

Choosing your path into teaching will depend on where you live, and what experience and qualifications you have. To train as a teacher you’ll need:

  • A degree
  • Maths GCSE/Higher grade C or equivalent
  • English GCSE/Higher grade C or equivalent

If you want to be a primary school teacher in England and Wales you will also need a GCSE in science. You can study here at The Sheffield College if you need to boost and gain your qualifications.

If you don’t have these qualifications, you might consider becoming a teaching assistant. You will need good reading, writing and numeracy skills and many teaching assistants go on to train as teachers having accrued lots of classroom experience.

If you have practical work-related skills, you might want to think about teaching in a College of Further Education , like Steve who says, “I wasn’t too sure whether I could make the vocational heights to go into teaching, but setting your sights high I believe in and, you know, you can achieve it.”  WATCH VIDEO.

Most teachers in the UK need a teaching qualification to work, however:

  • You can teach in independent schools, academies and free schools in England without qualified teacher status.
  • You will also need to show that you have some school experience and spent time in a classroom observing lessons.

Routes into teaching

A popular route into teaching is to study for a postgraduate qualification at university or college. These vary depending on where you live:

  • PGCE England, Wales  and Northern Ireland

Universities and colleges across the UK run year-long full-time courses (or up to two years part-time) that develop your understanding of education theory and teaching methods. The training includes teaching experience on placement in schools.

Some universities give students the chance to complete an online PGCE course through distance learning. Teaching practice must still be completed to achieve qualified teacher status.

If you don’t have a degree, universities also offer undergraduate Bachelor of Education degree courses which can lead to qualified teacher status. See how Narinder gave up studying Computer Science and switched to a teaching degree – WATCH VIDEO.

Going back to school

There are lots of options to train as a teacher in school. These courses are delivered by practising teachers and focus on hands-on teaching skills. Applicants need to have a strong understanding of their subject.

Financial support

There are a number of funding options to help cover the cost of teacher training. It’s worth doing plenty of research to find the financial help you need.

Thinking about taking a step into the world of teaching? Don’t hesitate and start your road to qualification today with courses available here at The Sheffield College.


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