Graduate routes into teaching




  • PGCE

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:


The Teachers Standards 2012




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).


Further requirements:

  • 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.


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