The Considering Teaching Fair is a fantastic opportunity for you to talk to a range of professionals from organisations including Schools Direct, Manchester Met University-based PGCEs, Teach First, Try Teaching, TEFL, further education training and volunteering opportunities.

  • Learn about the different routes into teaching, and have your questions answered by experts
  • Get tips on writing your personal statement and completing your UCAS application form

Here is some guidance to help you prepare for the event on 12 October in Geoffrey Manton Atrium:

Steps to becoming a teacher

All teacher-training programmes will include time spent training in at least two schools and lead to qualified teacher status (QTS). Newly qualified teachers (NQTs) then complete a period of induction, which is the first year of employment as a teacher in a school.

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To train to teach in a school, you will be required to have experience of working with children of the relevant age – preferably in a school environment. Many training providers stipulate that this experience should have been for a minimum of two weeks. For the FE sector, it is desirable to have experience of the world of work outside of education and experiences of working with children, young people or adults.

To qualify as a primary or secondary teacher in England you will need:

  • GCSEs: grade C or above in mathematics and English. For primary teaching you also need GCSE science grade C or above.
  • Professional skills tests: in literacy and numeracy. You must pass these before starting your teacher-training course.
  • A degree: For secondary teaching you’ll need a degree in, or closely related to, the subject you would like to teach. For FE you’ll need a degree that is related to the Further Education and Training curriculum or relevant professional experience.

Financial information

Tuition fees are covered by student loans and there are some bursaries available.

How to apply

For university and school led programmes to become a primary or secondary teacher, you apply through UCAS Teacher Training. The applications system opens in late October for training courses starting the following September.

For courses to teach in the further education and skills sector, look at the websites of individual further and higher education institutions to see what’s available and apply directly to the training provider. Some courses can also be found by searching on UCAS Teacher Training – select the further education age range on the course search.