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Your guide to a career in teaching and education
Graduate careers in teaching and education
Teacher training paves the way for a lifelong career and we are here to help you find the right place to get into teaching. Whatever subject you’re currently studying, we’d like to help you on the path to the best job in the world!
Teaching is an immensely rewarding career choice where you can truly shine. It takes all sorts to create a school or college community where young people can thrive and take their first steps in life. If you think you have what it takes to inspire learners and make a real difference to young people’s lives, read on!
QTS and what it means
Qualified Teacher Status is the qualification awarded to teachers who have completed their initial teacher training. QTS can be gained via a range of courses and embarked upon at varying places throughout your education, meaning that there is a route for everyone.
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 also 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
School centred Initial Teacher Training Schools (SCITTS) offering you on-the-job experience while supporting you to reach Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). SCITT courses include Schools Direct courses and Teach First. It’s up to you to find a place in a school or SCITT in which 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.