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Find postgraduate teacher training courses in England

A service to help graduates find the most relevant postgraduate teacher training courses.

Use this service if you’re a graduate and you plan to train to teach in a state primary or secondary school, or in further education, in England.

You can search courses by location, provider and subject.

When you’ve chosen a course or courses, you’ll be redirected to UCAS to complete your application.

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Before you start

Primary and secondary education teaching training courses

To teach in a state school in England, you need to follow an initial teacher training (ITT) programme leading to qualified teacher status (QTS).

To qualify for postgraduate teacher training, you’ll need:

  • a degree
  • grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths GCSEs
  • grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE science if you want to teach early years or primary (3- to 11-years old)

If you do not have these GCSEs, you must prove you have the equivalent level of knowledge. Individual training providers will set specific requirements for their courses - they may ask for a particular class of degree or GCSE grades.

Before you start a teacher training course, you’ll also need:

Some courses offer a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). This is an enhanced qualification that is internationally recognised but not mandatory for teaching in England.

Further education (FE) teacher training courses

To teach FE, you do not need QTS or any specific teaching qualification. However, the FE sector recognises, and prefers applicants to have studied for, qualifications such as a PGCE or PGDE (postgraduate diploma in education).

To qualify for postgraduate FE teacher training you’ll usually need:

  • a degree, or relevant vocational or technical qualification (depending on the subject you’d like to teach)
  • grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths GCSEs (or an equivalent)

Before you start a FE teacher training course, you’ll need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate if you’re teaching students under 18.

Get advice and support

Register with Get into Teaching for:

  • access to teaching information events
  • help arranging school experience
  • information and guidance as you go through your application
  • support from experienced teaching professionals
  • one-to-one advice by phone

Teacher training funding

To support you while you train, you may be eligible for:

  • a salary
  • a tuition fee and maintenance loan
  • a tax free bursary or scholarship
  • additional financial support if you’re a parent or have a disability

Visit Get into Teaching to find out about funding for postgraduate trainee teachers and bursaries for further education trainees.

Published 2 October 2018
Last updated 4 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added information about training to teach in further education.
  2. First published.