Whether it’s teaching in the classroom or planning lessons, teaching can be a rewarding career in which you’ll impact on the lives of others. However, this profession requires a unique set of traits, and you’ll need to develop your skills first of all.
Before studying to be a teacher, you’ll need to earn a minimum of a 2:2 degree from university. Then, you’ll continue your development in the classroom and study for a professional qualification called a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which we’ll discuss later in this piece.
Before studying for your QTS, why not get a taste for the industry with one of our e-learning courses? Read on for a range of our beginner courses.
If you have an interest in education theory and education practice, why not start your career with our CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools course? Students who take this qualification, awarded by Open College Network West Midlands, will learn about classroom teaching, academic writing and the psychology of learning over the 342 hours of learning.
The final mark is the equivalent of an A-Level, while we also offer a limited supply of Advanced Learning Loan funding for this course.
Our Teaching Diploma course is ideal if you’re looking for a crash course in teaching which offers plenty of value. You’ll study five CPD-accredited courses in one bundle while getting to grips with the development of students and how to teach pupils with special needs. What’s more, you’ll earn your qualification after only 40 hours of study, giving you a head start over other hopefuls.
TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Foundations
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After checking Course-Library offerings, if you’ve decided you want to continue your journey towards a career in teaching, you’ll need to achieve a Qualified Teacher Status. Once you’ve earned your QTS, you’ll be eligible to teach in a maintained primary or secondary school, a maintained special school and a non-maintained special school.
There are many ways to earn a QTS. The beauty is, they all entail hands-on classroom experience, so you’ll get a chance to nail down the responsibilities of a teacher as you’re learning the trade. Read on for some of the most common ways to study for a QTS.
PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education)
A PGCE involves an intense nine months of study, but as a result, you’ll gain teaching skills in the classroom as well as knowledge in learning theories and academic research.
A university-led PGCE is split into seminars, lectures and workshops, while you’ll also teach a specified subject at two different schools.
However, school-led PGCE courses are based primarily in school—you’ll spend four days a week developing teaching abilities in the classroom and one day studying at college.
As such, a PGCE is a popular route to a QTS. The foremost prerequisite for a PGCE is a 2:2 in any degree.
One of the best ways to earn a QTS and potential employment at the end of your studies is a Schools Direct course. With this form of studying, local schools recruit students and train them for a year on the job. You’ll be based across two schools, and there’s a strong possibility one of the establishments will hire you permanently if all goes well.
School-centred Initial Teacher Training
If you’ve built up classroom experience already but are now looking to seal your QTS, a School-centre Initial Teacher Training Course (SCITT) could be the way to go. Here, you’ll stay with the same school from day one, although you’ll also complete temporary placements with other schools in the area. The minimum requirement for this form of training is a 2:2.
Teach First, a charity in England and Wales, makes a difference by providing education to pupils from low-income backgrounds. The charity’s Leadership Development Programme course lasts two years and offers leadership studies and a grounding in teaching students in the classroom. Requirements for this route to a QTS are 300 UCAS points and a 2:1, but this can be flexible.
As long as you’ve got a 2:1, you could also undertake a Premier Pathway course and train at a school of your choice. In the first year, pupils train as a teaching assistant in the classroom. By year two, pupils work as unqualified teachers before earning their QTS upon graduation.
With teaching, you’ve got a broad range of ways to train even without heading towards a QTS. Let’s take a look at some of the alternative methods of gearing up to become a teacher.
Early Years Initial Teacher Training
One other route to becoming a teacher is an Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) course, which offers classroom training in teaching the under-fives. This form of studying involves 12 months of honing your skill set, while you’ll also earn the equivalent of a QTS for working with the under-fives.
Teacher Training in post-compulsory sector
Another alternative to studying for a QTS is to enrol in a PGCE/Diploma in Education and Training in the post-compulsory sector.
Here, you’ll build up a classroom track record while teaching adult students in the further education (FE) sector. What’s more, you’ll also earn a Qualified Teacher Learning and Skill status (QTLS), the equivalent of a QTS for working with further education students.
As such, there are plenty of ways to dive into teaching after studying with one of our e-learning courses. Get yourself started today and browse our teaching courses here.