There are a number of ways in which you can train to be a teacher at postgraduate level. Not all of these options involve staying on at university. In order to understand more you’ll need to become familiar with the jargon.
First of all, you’ll need to undertake what’s known as Initial Teacher Training (ITT), which will give you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You will then be known as a 'Newly Qualified Teacher' (NQT) and will need to complete one year’s induction in a school (source: ucas.com). Taking a PGCE is the most popular route for graduates to take to become a teacher.
Find out more about teacher training in the UK
Find out about the University of Cumbria’s teacher training courses.
Getting school experience
You will usually need work experience in a school to be accepted on a teacher training programme. Sign-up for the School Experience Programme or arrange school experience independently.
You have to pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you begin your teacher training. You’ll have unlimited attempts at resitting the skills test, with over 80% of candidates passing both literacy and numeracy skills test on their first attempt. The key to passing is plenty of preparation and practice. Find out more here.
The University of Cumbria offers support with the professional skills tests. Find out more here.
Teacher Training Applications
Your personal statement is a crucial part of your application for a teacher training place.
How to write your personal statement for teacher training
How to write a UCAS Teacher Training personal statement
Get into Teaching offers a wide range of advice, resources and events.
You can send your teacher training personal statement to us for feedback. Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know which training course you are applying for.
Find out about funding and bursaries for teacher training here
The Student Money Advice Service at the University of Cumbria can help you with finding funding for teacher training. Check out their Student Finance pages.