Becoming a teacher: training and qualification routes
Want to teach in state-maintained schools? You'll need a PGCE or equivalent postgraduate qualification. Some teacher training courses are based in universities while others are school-centred, though all involve plenty of classroom experience. Our in-depth information will help you choose between PGCE, School Direct, SCITT and other paths to qualified teacher status across the UK. We'll also guide you through the new UCAS Teacher Training application process, which has been introduced this year.
Thanks to our partnership with AGCAS, the professional organisation for careers advisers, we can bring you the best possible advice to help you get a place on the course you want.
Postgraduate teacher training case studies
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Choosing your training course
Applications for teacher training
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Career options in education
Featured teacher training
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