How to Become a Teacher


Many would agree teaching is a satisfying job that gives you a sense of accomplishment, when you know you have made a difference along with career prospects, if this is something you might want to do where do you start, how do you get into teaching?

There are several routes available depending on your qualifications, degrees and experience.

To teach in state maintained schools you will need Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in addition to your degree, unless you have completed a Bachelor of Education (BEd) or a BSc/BA with QTS.

Those that already have a degree, can train through a postgraduate teacher training course. Within this training there are 2 main routes: school-led and university-led. Both routes provide you with the practical skills and knowledge needed for teaching, although they are delivered differently.

There are also a number of training routes available which award QTS, with the opportunity to train in different settings. To attain QTS you will also need to meet the criteria, outlined below.

Entry Requirements to become a teacher in the UK:

  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English, Maths and Science
  • Pass in Professional Skills Test in Numeracy and Literacy (These must be passed before initial teacher training)
  • Enhanced background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
  • A degree: for primary teaching some ITT providers prefer you to have a degree in a national curriculum subject. If you don’t, you should talk directly to the training provider to see if they will accept your degree. For secondary teaching you’ll need a degree in, or closely related to, the subject you would like to teach.
  • Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses: if you want to teach a shortage subject and your degree is not closely linked to it, your training provider may decide that you need to take an SKE course to boost your subject knowledge. These courses vary in length according to your need and may be done full-time or through part-time study or distance learning, either before or alongside your initial teacher training course.

Financial Support

Financial support is also available to train as a primary school teacher. Depending on the route you take, you could get a salary, a bursary, a student loan or a tax-free bursary if you teach primary maths. To find out more about student Finance please visit

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