Get into Teaching

The most popular option to get into teaching in the UK is the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
In Scotland it is a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).
Main focus is on developing teaching skills rather than improving subject knowledge.

It is a 1 year full time course course (NI, England & Wales is Sept - June. Scotland starts in August) and up to 2 years part time.
There are traditionally 3 different options:

  • Early Years (3-7 year olds)
  • Primary (7-11 year olds)
  • Secondary (11-18 year olds)

Entry requirements will vary depending on which university you are applying to but the standard requirements are:

  • GCSE or Leaving Cert Ordinary Level Maths & English: grade C or C3/05/H6 or above
  • Primary & Early Years requires a Science at grade C or C3/05/H6 or above
  • Honours Degree (2.2 or above)
  • Primary & Early Years – Any Undergraduate Degree
  • Secondary – Undergraduate at least 50% relevant to subject
  • Basic ICT knowledge
  • Usually 5 -10 days classroom experience (the more the better)
  • Pass Numeracy and Literacy Tests (website for these: education.gov.uk/teachskillstests)

Funding is available in the shape of a loan along with generous bursaries and grants.
Please visit gov.uk/teacher-training-funding for more informaiton.
English Bursaries: getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding
Welsh PGCE Bursaries: uwtsd.ac.uk/pgce


Universities offering PGCE:

(click the university's name to visit their website)

The official UCAS website to apply is www.ucas.com/teaching-in-the-uk we would recommend that you browse through this site prior to applying.


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