Ways to Get Into Teaching

There are lots of reasons to get into teaching. You can influence an entire generation. Helping children achieve their goals and get where they want to be has to be one of the most satisfying aspects of teaching.

But what are the options available to you to start your journey into teaching? Which route is best for you?

We show you the various ways to get into teaching and share the benefits of each.

School Centred Initial Training (SCITT)

SCITT is a one-year, school based route which leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

As a SCITT trainees, you will send most of your time in a school. You will gain practical, hands-on teaching training, delivered by experienced, practicing teachers. To use this route to get into teaching you will be accustomed to the challenge of the classroom by the time you qualify.

Whilst your training will take place mainly in one school, you will also teach in a contrasting school for a six-week placement. You will also undertake short placement visits to a range of schools and settings. This will give you a wide range of experience. Not only to prepare you for becoming a qualified teacher, but to also help you decide on which path your teaching career will take.

Entry Requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree.
  • GCSE English and Maths at Grade 4/C or above (or the equivalent standard).
  • A GCSE Science subject at Grade 4/C or above (or the equivalent standard) if you want to be a Primary school teacher.
  • If your qualifications are not of the required level, you can take our GCSE equivalence tests. Contact us here.
  • Evidence of subject knowledge should you wish to train in Secondary.

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Schools Direct Route To Get Into Teaching

This is another one-year school-based training route leading to QTS with PGCE.

You will spend a full-time year teaching and training in schools, gaining a wealth of experience in different settings. But you will also attend provider-led workshop sessions too. These are designed to enhance your understanding of the curriculum, general classroom practice and teaching pedagogy.

The workshop sessions, alongside the hands-on experience with expert practitioners will ensure you are a confident teacher by the time you qualify.

Entry Requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree.
  • GCSE English and Maths at Grade 4/C or above (or the equivalent standard).
  • A GCSE Science subject at Grade 4/C or above (or the equivalent standard) if you want to be a Primary school teacher.
  • If your qualifications are not of the required level, you can take our GCSE equivalence tests.
  • Evidence of subject knowledge should you wish to train in Secondary.

Assessment Only Route To QTS

If you are an experienced, unqualified teacher looking to gain your QTS, this could be the perfect route. To explore the AOR you will need to have taught in two schools and meet the Teachers’ Standards.

You will be assessed over a maximum of three-months with no additional training required. It’s a great way to move up the teachers’ pay scale and progress your teaching career.

Entry Requirements:

  • Extensive, recent, relevant and successful teaching experience in at least two schools and within the age phase of either 3-11 (primary), 7-14 (middle) or 11-19 (secondary).
  • A minimum of two years’ teaching experience with full responsibility for the planning, teaching and assessment of lessons.
  • An undergraduate degree.
  • GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent) at Grade 4 (Grade C) or above.
  • GCSE Science (or equivalent) at Grade 4 (Grade C) or above for a Primary Candidate.
  • If your qualifications are not of the required level, you can take our GCSE equivalence tests.
  • An enhanced DBS check for the child workforce, with a check of the children’s barred list.
  • Candidates must have a supporting school for the assessment period.

If you’d like to find out more about the different routes into teaching and discover which is best for you, get in touch  with our team today.