The most established graduate route into teaching is the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). It is a one year course run by Universities and Colleges in the UK. (For details on the PGDE see UCAS website)
School Direct (Tuition fee)
A school led teacher training programme
School Direct (Salaried)
This is an employment-based route for high quality, experienced graduates with at least three years’ work experience in any field.
School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)
Similar to a School Direct (non-salaried) programme, the programmes are run by schools or groups of schools.
For details on each of these programmes see the UCAS website: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training/getting-started/teacher-training-programmes/programmes-explained-%E2%80%93-0
The PGCE is available for both prospective primary and prospective secondary school teachers. Students must complete a minimum of 120 days (24 weeks) in school amongst blocks of study at their chosen provider.
What are the entry requirements?
- A minimum of a 2:2 degree or equivalent.
- GCSE C or above in English and maths (a B in Wales).
- GCSE C or above in science to teach pupils aged 3-11.
- A pass mark for the professional skills test in numeracy and literacy.
Plus non-academic requirements of:
- at least one week’s school experience;
- medical fitness;
- a declaration of convictions through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
- In England, you’ll also need to have passed the professional skills tests. Practice tests are available on the Get Into Teaching website.
- If your degree subject doesn’t link closely to your chosen teaching subject, it is advisable to contact the PGCE provider you are thinking of applying to and/or the Get into Teaching line about subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses before applying for teacher training: call free on 0800 389 2500.