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To become a teacher, you need to hold a degree and complete a course of initial teacher training (ITT). If you don’t have a degree yet, an undergraduate ITT course will enable you to study for your degree and complete your ITT at the same time.

There are two types of undergraduate ITT which lead to qualified teacher status (QTS). These are:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) with QTS
    This option allows you to specialise in a certain subject (for example, maths, physics, chemistry or languages), while gaining your honours degree and QTS.
  • Bachelor of Education (BEd)
    This is an honours degree course in education. BEd degrees are available for both primary and secondary teaching, but are a particularly popular choice for those who are interested in teaching primary school children.

Where can I train and how long does it take?

You can complete BA/BSc with QTS or BEd degree courses at universities and colleges throughout the UK. Courses generally take three or four years full-time, or four to six years part-time. However, if you have undergraduate credits from previous study you may be able to complete a course in two years.

Is there any additional funding available?

The financial arrangements for these courses are the same as for all other undergraduate courses. Find out about funding for undergraduate teacher training

What qualifications do I need?

Entry requirements vary according to the specific course, although a minimum of two A levels or equivalent is usually required. You should check with individual course providers for details.

To train as a teacher on any programme, you must achieve a standard equivalent to a grade C in GCSE English and mathematics. If you want to teach primary or key stage 2/3 (ages 7–14), you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C in a science GCSE.

How and when do I apply?

Apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). For most courses starting in September or October, UCAS accepts applications between the preceding September and January. It is often also possible to apply to defer entry for a year.