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Teaching is a challenging but rewarding profession, with opportunities for graduates from all degree disciplines to work with different age groups in a range of settings from early years, to schools, colleges and higher education; STEM subjects are particularly sought after. For information on the wide range of roles in Education outside school teaching, please see the Education - general sector pages.
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In addition to subject knowledge, you are likely to need:
Do you possess these skills and qualities? Can you demonstrate that you have them? Can you find ways to develop them? See the @York section for some suggestions.
There are various options for teacher training, and it is important that you investigate these carefully before making your application - would you prefer a university-led PGCE, or a more school-based programme? Both include study and classroom practice.
Apply for teacher training via the GOV.UK application service, or via UCAS, depending on your chosen course provider. By October 2021 all new applications for teacher training will be made via the GOV.UK Apply for teacher training application service. You should use this service if it includes all your chosen training providers; if not, you can apply via UCAS rather than use two different services.
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The training provider will assure you have the fundamental English and Maths skills needed either at interview or during the training course, before awarding QTS. You will have to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check through your course provider or school.
If you have questions about the impact of Covid-19 on teacher training, please see the Get into Teaching FAQs.
You may be able to apply for funding to support you through your teacher training; a tuition fee loan is repayable once you are in full-time employment and earning above £2,214 a month (2021). The UCAS website has information on finance and support, and you can find out about scholarships and bursaries for postgraduate teacher training on the Department for Education website.
There are different arrangements for funding Initial Teacher Education or Training programmes in:
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Visits to the school are often offered for candidates interested in applying - you should definitely take advantage of this opportunity to find out more about the school, get a feel for the working environment, and show your interest in the post. Research as much as possible about the school (from Ofsted reports, the school website and newsletters).
It is usual to be offered a job on the day of the interview, and for unsuccessful candidates to receive feedback.
There are lots of things you can do right now, while at university, to help you develop the skills you'll need to succeed in teacher training and applying for teaching jobs.
Find the full list of graduate profiles on York Profiles & Mentors.
You can also find and connect with York alumni working in this sector on LinkedIn.