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You have an amazing career ahead of you!  

Find your route into teaching below... 

Do you have a degree? 

If you already have a degree, you can enrol for postgraduate teacher training either through a university or a schools-based route.

Here, you will gain qualified teacher status, or QTS. Some providers also offer a postgraduate certificate in education, or ‘PGCE’.

Another option is to do a postgraduate apprenticeship. This is a work-based route that typically lasts 12 to 15 months and is available through providers and partnerships across the UK.  

We have a range of high-quality providers and partners across Bradford.

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You don't yet have a degree... 

If you’ve just finished your A-levels, or you’ve got some work experience but haven’t been to university, you need to get a degree to train to teach.

If you want to teach as soon as you graduate, one route for you is through undergraduate initial teacher training. This is where you study teaching at a university and gain your QTS.

These programmes last three or four years and are provided Higher Education Institutes. 

You could also take an undergraduate degree in another subject, and then follow up with a postgraduate initial teacher training programme either through a HEI or a schools-based route.

Do you have a degree and some previous experience?

If you have a degree and you’ve taught in the past – perhaps as a teaching assistant, or in non-maintained or international schools - both postgraduate teacher training and apprenticeships are available to you.

If you have a significant amount of teaching experience, you can take an assessment-only route.

This allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all the standards required to be awarded QTS.

Rather than taking a full teacher training course, you can show your qualifications and experience through a series of assessments, such as lesson observations or providing a portfolio.

Contact one of Bradford's providers and partnerships to find out more. 

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