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Want to teach?

Whether you’ve already secured your route into teaching or not, the Employability and Careers team can help you get into teaching.

So applications for UCAS Teacher Training for September 2017 start have now closed but that doesn’t mean you can’t still pursue your dream to teach:

  • We can help you secure Teaching Assistant positions and support you by offering you a fully funded place on a postgraduate certificate in through the Open University.
  • We can help you secure a UCAS Teacher Training position for September 2018 start.
  • We can help you find work experience to undertake alongside your current employment.
  • We can help you find grants and bursaries to support your training.

Contact us on essexgrad@essex.ac.uk to arrange a consultation.

Get into Teaching

For the most up to date support and advice on how to get into a career in teaching, make sure you visit the Department of Education Get Into Teaching website.

If you are up for a challenge, make sure to find out more about the Teach First Leadership Development Programme.

For more information about how to become a teacher and the different routes into teaching, download the Teaching as a Career information sheet.

What do you need to become a teacher?

To teach in England and Wales you need to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This can be obtained by completing a one year Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme through either a school-led or university-based route.

You will then have achieved newly qualified teacher (NQT) status and will be ready to undertake your induction year.

Applications for most teacher training programmes in England and Wales are made through UCAS Teacher Training, in the autumn prior to starting training. Financial support is available including bursaries for some subjects depending on degree grade.

You will need to amass at least 2 weeks work experience in schools at the age range you wish to teach. You will need to contact schools to see what work experience they can offer you. For a list of schools in England and Wales, check EduBase.