Routes into teaching: teacher training programmes

CoursePT/FTLengthEntry requirementsMode of studyFunding availableLeads toFurther information
Post graduate certificate in education (PGCE)Full time2 yearsDegree and GCSE level ‘C’ or above passes in English and mathematics, sometimes also science18-24 weeks based in schools completed with theoretical study at a place of higher educationMaintenance grant may be available to home students, or student loans. Some students of certain subjects may be eligible for a tax free bursary of up to £9,000Qualified teacher statusContact the Graduate Teacher Training Registry
Open University Initial teacher trainingFull or part time2 yearsDegree and GCSE level ‘C’ passes in English and mathematics, sometimes also scienceIndividualised training plans based on previous learning and experience. Distance learning and work experience in schoolsCheck eligibility for funding through DirectgovQualified teacher statusContact Open University
Graduate teacher programmeFull timeUp to 1 yearDegree or equivalent and GCSE level ‘C’ passes in English and mathematics, sometimes also scienceEmployment based initial teacher training in schoolsEarn an unqualified teacher’s salary while you qualifyQualified teacher statusContact providers offering employment based initial teacher training Training and Development Agency
School centred initial teacher training (SCITT)Full time1 yearDegree or equivalent and GCSE level ‘C’ passes in English and mathematics, sometimes also scienceSchool centred initial teacher trainingTrainees may be entitled to a tax free bursary of up to £9,000Qualified teacher statusContact SCITT providers Training and development agency
Teach firstFull time2 yearsUpper (2:1) degree or higher; grade ‘C’ or higher at GCSE in English and mathematicsTeach first is an intensive two-year scheme combining training, qualifying and working as a teacher, and a leadership development programme. Students are placed in challenging schools.A salary is paid while student is based in a school. However, there is no payment during the six week summer institute but bursaries may be available following a needs analysis.Qualified teacher statusContact Teach first
QTS assessmentFull timeUp to 1 yearDegree and GCSE level ‘C’ in English and mathematics plus substantial classroom experienceOne day classroom assessment and submission of portfolioWorkplace assessment so not applicableQualified teacher statusScheme is administered by The University of Gloucestershire
Undergraduate initial teacher training courses including BA/BSc/BEdFull timeThree to four years full time; four to six years part timeNormally two ‘A’ levels and level ‘C’ or above passes in GCSE maths and English, sometimes scienceSchool placements combined with academic studySome home students may be eligible for means tested maintenance grant.  Student loans also available.Qualified teacher statusApply through UCAS
Registered teacher programmeFull timeUp to two yearsCompletion of two years in higher education equivalent to 240 CATS points. Level ‘C’ or above passes in English, mathematics and sometimes scienceA mix of work-based training and academic studyUnqualified teachers’ salary paidQualified teacher statusFind a school willing to employ you and support you through the programme.

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