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 a structured programme of training and development in a school, which is referred to as ‘induction’. From September 2021, the statutory period of induction for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) will increase from one year to two years
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. You can sign-up for the School Experience Programme or you can arrange school experience independently.
The Professional Skills Tests are no longer required.
Teacher Training Applications
Your personal statement is a crucial part of your application for a teacher training place.
Get into Teaching offers a wide range of advice, resources and events.
You can send your teacher training personal statement to us for feedback. Log into My Career Enriched and upload your personal statement to receive feedback. Remember to 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.
University of Cumbria graduates may be eligible to receive a 20% discount on taught courses, or 10% on research degrees. Find out more here.