Getting into Teaching

There are a number of routes into teaching. These include the following postgraduate programmes:

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

A PGCE is a one year teacher training qualification open to graduates. It is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee, who may receive a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). Applications are made through www.ucas.com.

Certificate in Education (Cert. Ed.)

It’s not vital to have a degree to get into teaching. The Certificate in Education provides a similar foundation for teaching as the PGCE, but a degree is not required.

School Direct

School Direct is an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) route where schools or partnerships of schools recruit and select trainees, and work with an ITT provider to agree the content and focus of the training.
School Direct Training Programme (tuition fee) is open to all graduates and is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee, who may receive a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). Applications are made through www.ucas.com
School Direct Training Programme (salaried) is an employment-based route into teaching for high quality graduates with three or more years’ career experience. The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by a school. The NCTL provides funding, which the school can use to subsidise the trainee’s training. Applications are made through www.ucas.com