How to get into teaching?


You want to become a teacher? If yes, there are a few requirements you will need to meet.


Anyone wanting to become a teacher needs to meet a set of requirements:

  • Academic requirements e.g. qualifications, courses or tests.
  • Non-academic requirements e.g. classroom experience.

Academic requirements

  • Undergraduate degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification.
  • Equivalent to grade C or above at GCSE in English, maths, and science (to teach primary or Key Stages 2 or 3)

You haven’t achieved the required GCSEs, then there are other options e.g. gain the qualifications through local colleges or at home through organisations like the National Extension College (NEC).

You studied outside of the UK, you can check the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are equivalent to UK GCSEs, A-levels and an undergraduate degree.

Non-academic requirements

  • Classroom experience.
  • Professional skills tests pass in literacy and numeracy
  • Some providers may request further documentation such as a letter of recommendation from a serving headteacher

Always advisable to check these prerequisites with the training provider you are applying to as some requirements may vary.

Routes into teaching

There are several routes into teaching;

  • School Led
  • University Led

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