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Teaching: Training



How to get qualified as a teacher

What's on this page?

This page contains information on what kind of training is available and how you can fund it

Key dates for 2018 entry

24 October 2017

You can start searching for applications on UCAS Teacher Training

26 October 2017

You can now apply for teaching courses for next year through UCAS, by selecting your three preferred courses

This part of the process is called Apply 1

16 November 2017

If you have not found a place, from this date you can apply for new courses, one at a time

This part is called Apply 2 and is open only to people who've done Apply 1

14 September 2018

Deadline for Apply 1

28 September 2018  

Deadline for Apply 2

See also

Getting Experience

To find out whether teaching is right for you, and to get experience to support your applications, it is a good idea to get some experience of classrooms.


Between £3,000 and £30,000 of funding is available to help teachers train. How much you can get depends on your degree topic and results

Courses at Sussex

Routes into teaching: different ways to train

A postgraduate certificate of education taught in a university, with substantial school experience via placements. This is a common way for degree-level students to qualify for teaching.

A scheme to train teachers run by schools. Students gain a teaching qualification (QTS and in some cases a PGCE) while working in a school. In theory, people get places on this course if the school believes it can employ them afterwards.

These courses either train you while you work, or charge a fee for training provided. Graduates can get paid to work in the school while they study, but this usually requires 3+ years of work experience.

A teaching qualification taught in partnership between a school and a university.

The Teach First Graduate Scheme aims to place exceptional talent into challenging schools. This scheme involves studying for a 2-year PGDE with Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) plus additional training in education leadership. There is the optional possibility of taking on a Master's in Education/Leadership after your PGDE.

New for September 2018, this DfE scheme offers graduates the opportunity to train on the job while receiving the salary of a non-qualified teacher. On successful completion, apprentice teachers will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status.

Applicants for 2018 can apply for school-led places listed on UCAS and can convert to an apprentice at a later date.

Researchers in Schools recruits PhD graduates to work as teachers in non-selective state schools through a tailored initial teacher training programme.

There are training pathways for people who want to work with pre-school children. A £7,000 grant to cover course fees is available to UK/EU students, plus bursaries for subsistence costs depending on your degree classification

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UCAS: how to apply for teacher training

UCAS handles the recuitment for teacher training

Before you start, you'll need two references, one academic and one professional

For salaried programmes, one reference needs to be an employer

The deadlines for different courses will differ, but in the first stage you can only apply once, so you need to apply at a time when ideally all the courses you want to apply for are open. However, if you wait too long, one of the courses may close for applications

After the first stage you'll have a chance to apply for courses one at a time