How to Become a Teacher

Becoming a Teacher

Can you teach a subject you didn’t take your degree in?

Most teacher-training providers like you to have a minimum of 50% of your degree that is relevant to the subject you wish to teach. You may want to look into studying for a SKE [Subject Knowledge Enhancement] course.

SKE courses are available at universities, schools and through third parties across the UK. “Some can be completed before your teacher training or maybe delivered in parallel with some or all of your training,” she says.

Experts add that it’s worth gaining experience in a school before applying to teach in order to boost confidence prior to training.

Can you still become a teacher if you don’t have a GCSE C or above in maths?

Most training providers will suggest sitting your GCSE maths before applying for a training course. “You can contact the school or university you’d like to apply to about this as they make the final decision and some schools and universities may offer you the opportunity to sit a GCSE equivalency test,” says Davey Nicklin. “If this choice is not available, you could consider a part-time GCSE or Open Access course.”

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What options are there to earn a salary while training to become a teacher?

There’s a variety of ways to ensure your bank balance doesn’t suffer as you undertake your studies.

Graduates with a 2:1 degree or above can do Teach First over two years. You’re paid as an unqualified teacher for the first year and then as a newly qualified teacher in the second year. You receive leadership development training and have a coach or mentor as part of the programme. Essentially, there is a six-week training programme over the summer and then you get stuck into teaching.

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