Getting Into Teaching
Different ways to train as a teacher after gaining a degree
University centred teacher training for graduates normally takes one year and results in a PGCE which carries Master’s credits. The university will place you in schools for teaching experience. You can apply for a tuition fee and maintenance loan and some subjects attract a bursary to train. Entry to these courses is by UCAS application.
School centred training
There are several school centred routes in to teaching which may or may not be salaried. School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) offers you on-the-job experience while supporting you to reach Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Schools Direct is an employment based route that may allow you to earn a salary as you train. There are other routes such as Teach First that may be available to you depending on your location. It’s up to you to find a place in a school to do your Initial Teacher Training and gain QTS. Courses can take 1-2 years full or part time and award a postgraduate diploma in education or a PGCE.