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Becoming a teacher

A summary of the different routes you can take to become a teacher.

Teaching is an important and increasingly popular choice of career for all kinds of people. Whatever your circumstances - if you're still at school, about to graduate, or looking for a change of direction - there are more ways to enter the profession and more support available to help you get there than ever before.

The Department for Education’s Teaching Agency has a huge amount of information about how and where to train. They are responsible for setting the standards for qualified teachers and for accrediting teacher training providers

The undergraduate route

The undergraduate route combines your chosen BEd, BA or BSc degree with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). To gain entry to an undergraduate course you will be required to have at least two A-levels or equivalent, with at least one being in a National Curriculum subject.

Most courses equip you for primary teaching, but there are also some undergraduate secondary programmes. Full-time courses last three or four years. For more information contact your local university or visit

Last reviewed
29 July 2016
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