This is the time of year when we get loads of enquiries about teaching and how to get in. Trouble is, there’s no one right answer!
There’s so much to learn and lots to consider about the application process, but before you even head to the UCAS website, take some time to think about why you’re thinking of applying for this profession. Applications this year open on 18th October.
1. Have you got experience with young people/children in an educational setting?
You might have volunteered as a youth group leader or been a sports coach, which is great, however it’s classroom experience that admissions tutors on teacher training courses are really after. Look at our teaching guide for information on how you can get that all important real-life classroom observation, which will help you to test out whether it’s right for you. Most providers ask for 1-2 weeks of classroom based experience, but it varies, so check it out with the institution you’d like to apply to.
2. Once you’re sure, then you have to decide what type of training you’d like to apply for.
There’s a huge choice on the UCAS website, so the key piece of advice we’d give you is: make sure you research and understand the options before you decide.
This sounds obvious, but you only get 3 choices, so it’s crucial you choose wisely.
To qualify for teaching in either primary or secondary you need QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) – you can acquire this by studying towards a PGCE in either a university based course or a school based training programme. Places are competitive for both programmes and can be limited in number, so again, check out with the training provider how many places are available and think about what type of training you’d prefer.
3. Another question we’re asked a lot is about funding. It depends on your degree subject (some qualify for more funding than others) and also on your degree classification but there will be funding out there for some of you. Some school based training is salaried, look at Teach First and School Direct.
4. Don’t forget we offer advice and feedback on your personal statements. This is your chance to showcase your strengths and qualities and to reflect on why you’d make a great teacher. Think about what motivates you and how you’d put your skills into practice to encourage children’s learning.
5. If you’d like to find out more about the different routes and the application process, then come along to our “Getting into Teaching“ session on Thursday 20th October. Register on CareersLink (Search for event ID 3581)
Teach First will be on campus on 18th October 4.30-6.30pm for our Third Sector Club Graduate Leadership Jobs That Make a Difference panel session (event ID 3433) and for their Teach First presentation on 25th October 6.30-8.30pm (event ID 3490)
You can find lots more help on the Department for Education Get into Teaching website too.
Any queries, just talk to the Careers team in the Atrium and they’ll point you in the right direction.