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How to become a teacher in the UK?

Do you want to teach in the United Kingdom? We have the answers to your questions. Please look at our pages on teaching Englishtraining for teachers, or at this page on 'qualified teacher status' (QTS) in the UK.

Teach in primary and secondary schools (5-16/18 years old)

Read through the various possibilities to teach in a primary or secondary school in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland by downloading this teacher training document (pdf).

Teach at a private school or college of further education

Most private (or 'independent') primary or secondary schools and colleges of further education require their teachers to have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). If you wish to work in an independent school, you need to apply to the school directly. Most independent schools belong to the Independent Schools Council Information Service (ISC) and many independent colleges to the Conference for Independent Further Education.

Teach in further education colleges

You can apply for a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE - post 16). However, it is not always necessary to be qualified in order to teach at a college of further education. Posts are limited but are usually advertised in the weekly Times Education Supplement or in local newspapers.

Teach in universities

It is possible to be a university teacher in the UK without holding a teaching qualification. Most teachers at this level are highly qualified and apply directly to the university for vacant posts which are advertised in the weekly Times Higher Education Supplement.