Teacher Training

"Teaching is a career that changes your life. It is such an important job. You are literally shaping the lives of the children you teach." Imran Khan, BA (Hons) Primary Education Graduate, 2019 Alumnus of the Year & Norfolk Head Teacher



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From a great job and progression prospects to the power to inspire a whole generation, very few careers will offer you the sense of personal pride and satisfaction teaching can offer. So if you are passionate about making a difference and effecting positive change in the lives of others, teaching is the career for you. 


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Frequently Asked Questions About Training To Teach

What will I learn during my teacher training?

During your teacher training course, you will not only gain classroom experience through placements, but you will also learn the latest in child and educational psychology and best practices in education as well as how to work to the National Curriculum framework and how to confidently devise and deliver interesting lessons.


How long will my teacher training last?

It depends on your previous qualifications. If you don't yet have a degree, you can train for three or four years through a Bachelor's degree with QTS - Qualified Teacher Status. If you already have a degree, even if it's on another subject, you can retrain as a teacher within a year via our PGCE programmes


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What are my chances of getting a job at the end of my training?

Teaching is in huge demand at the moment. As a matter of fact, the UK is currently suffering a shortage of qualified teachers. As a result 9 out of 10 of our students go into employment or further study after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020) and many of them are recruited during their placements. 


Do I get paid while I train to teach or when I'm on placement?

A small number of our School Direct Partners does offer a limited number of salaried placements, however, the number varies every year. Most of our training courses are not salaried but don't let this discourage you. As a full-time student, you could benefit from an array of loans, bursaries and scholarships to help you through your studies.


You can find out more about what funding is available here. There is also funding available if you have children or are a carer to a child or adult. It's definitely worth checking all the funding available before making your decision.


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Is teacher training free?

Unfortunately not. But the government does offer an array of student loans that you don't have to pay back until you are earning more than £27,295 a year. As a newly qualified teacher, your starting teacher's salary will be around £25,714. So, in most cases, you won't be repaying your student loan back until you have been teaching for a little while and have moved up in your career.


Can I train to teach without a degree?

Some types of schools are allowed to employ teaching staff who are not formally qualified, so in theory, it is possible to get into the profession without going to university – though the odds are very much against it. Most state schools required teachers to have a QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and you can only be QTS qualified if you have a degree. So it will be much easier for you to find work if you have a degree and have completed a teacher training course.


While teaching is by and large a graduate profession, here at the University of Cumbria, you can take your degree with QTS, which means you will be fully qualified to teach when you graduate. If your degree did or does not offer an embedded QTS qualification you will have to gain one separately. 


Why train to teach at the University of Cumbria?

"Cumbria was absolutely the right choice for me. The lecturers are brilliant. From the first day they have tried to make things as easy as possible for me, going above and beyond their roles. It’s that connection with the tutors that will make you an effective teacher." - Steafan Deery (2019), Primary PGCE with Physical Education Specialism Graduate



Can I train remotely, online or part-time?

If you already have a degree, we do offer a part-time online PGCE programme, but as QTS needs to be assessed while you are on placement, this means that you will have to do the QTS Direct Assessment separately to become a fully qualified teacher. While this programme could take longer than a year to get you fully qualified, it's a very convenient way to train to teach. 


Here at the University of Cumbria, we also work with over 25 School Direct partners in the North West and beyond to provide hundreds of teacher training places in both primary and secondary schools. This means you can train remotely with one of our partners knowing that we are one of the UK’s leading and biggest providers of teacher education and School Direct partnerships. Find out more about our partners and where they are located here.


Explore your options with our on-demand Getting into Teaching webinars:

Undergraduate webinars for those who don't yet have a degree:

Getting into Teaching - Mainland UK   

Getting into Teaching - London   

Getting into Teaching - Northern Ireland   


PGCE webinars for those who already have a degree and are looking to retrain as primary and secondary school teachers:

Getting into Primary Teaching   

Getting into Primary Teaching - London   

Getting into Secondary Teaching 


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Have more questions?

Have more questions or would like tailored advice o you? Why not give us a call on 0808 291 6738 or email us on enquirycentre@cumbria.ac.uk and receive one-to-one tailored advice? 




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