Train to Teach

The website of The National College for Teaching and Leadership (a merger between the Teaching Agency and the National College for School Leadership) contains the latest information on the various routes into teaching in primary and secondary schools.



Take a look at “Getting into Teacher Training” available from our resources section which contains useful information on how and when to apply, tips to help you complete your application form and advice on the interview process.

 Training to be a Teacher of the Deaf

In order to train as teachers of deaf pupils in schools or services, teachers must have qualified teacher status (QTS) and have had some classroom experience before undertaking a Diploma/Certificate course in teaching deaf children.

All teachers of deaf children must have special training and qualifications

For more information visit the BATOD (The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf) website

Post-Graduate Routes into Teacher Training


PGCEs are usually one-year full time courses which are based in a university and include placements in schools. Applications are made via UCAS Teacher Training. You will be expected to have undertaken a minimum of 10 days recent experience in a school prior to making your application, however most successful applicants offer much more experience than this. Find out about PGCEs at Edge Hill.

More information on PGCE applications and interviews:
Department for Education

School Direct

Under the School Direct programme, schools select trainees and offer training in partnership with an accredited teacher training provider which leads to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). In some cases a PGCE is offered as well.

The majority of graduates undertake the standard School Direct Training Programme route and pay tuition fees. Some students may be eligible for a bursary and/or a loan for fees and maintenance.

There is also a ‘salaried’ programme for graduates with three or more years’ career experience. These trainees are employed and paid as an unqualified teacher by the school who receive funding from the National College for Teaching and Leadership to subsidise this salary/training.

More information: Department for Education
To apply visit:  UCAS Teacher Training


School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) courses operate in England and are designed and delivered by groups of neighbouring schools and colleges. You will be taught by experienced, practising teachers, and training is often tailored towards local teaching needs.  All SCITT courses lead to qualified teacher status (QTS). Sometimes you may also gain a PGCE which is validated by a higher education institution.

Teach First

Teach First is for high-flying graduates who may not otherwise have considered teaching or aren’t sure of it as a long-term career. It has strict entry criteria, leads to qualified teacher status (QTS) and provides the potential to develop a commercially oriented career. Applications are made online via Teach First and recruitment is on a rolling basis.

Teaching in Further Education

The requirements for teachers in the post-compulsory sector (Further Education) changed in September 2013 and it is no longer necessary for teachers to achieve QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills) or register with the Institute of Learning.  Instead each employer can decide on the qualifications they require their staff to have and what CPD (Continuing Professional Development)  is appropriate. PGCEs in further education and training are still offered by higher education institutions and are usually run on a full time or part time basis. See Edge Hill’s FET courses.

More Information – FAQs information sheet regarding 2016 entry onto Edge Hill’s PGCE Further Education

Application Process

The application process opens in October/November of the previous year. This includes applications for university based PGCEs, School Direct, and SCITT programmes. Applications are made via UCAS Teacher Training.

The booklet Getting into Teacher Training  available from our resources section has information on how and when to apply, tips to help you complete your application form and advice on the interview process.

If you are a current Edge Hill student or recent Edge Hill graduate, and require help with your application, please book an appointment with a Careers Adviser (Tel: Catalyst Helpdesk on  01695 650800) or email a Careers Adviser to have your application checked.

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