To become a teacher in England and Wales you need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is awarded once you have completed an initial teacher training (ITT) course. There are many different types of ITT course – the one you take will be specific to where you are currently at in your life and, if you want to teach at secondary level, the subject that you want to teach. All courses cover the principles of teaching along with practical experience in the classroom. There are several different ways you can complete your ITT: alongside or straight after an undergraduate degree, as a part-time course alongside work or as a full-time course. The option that is right for you will depend on your circumstances.
If you already have a degree, there are several postgraduate routes to choose from which lead to QTS. You can take a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) course, train in a school via a school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) programme, or train while earning a salary as an unqualified teacher through the graduate teacher programme (GTP). Postgraduate training courses can usually be completed in one year full-time, although there are also part-time and flexible options available.
If you don’t have a degree you can choose from various undergraduate training options. These include undertaking a BEd (Bachelor of Education), or a BA or BSc with QTS. Undergraduate training courses may take three or fours years to complete
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