Your ideal path to becoming a qualified teacher is dependent on the qualifications you currently hold and the age range you want to teach.

  • A-levels, BTEC or equivalent: you can gain teaching status through an undergraduate BA or BSc degree.
  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent: you can take a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Education (PGCE/PGDE) through a university-based course or School Direct Training Programme.
  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent and extensive teaching experience: you can have your current teaching assessed to demonstrate that you already meet all the Teachers' Standards.

The age ranges you can train to teach are as follows.

  • Early years: children and babies between the ages of 0 to 5 years.
  • Primary: children aged 3 to 11 years, covering pre-school, reception and Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
  • Secondary: children between the ages of 11 to 16, or up to 19 in schools with sixth forms.
  • Post-compulsory: this covers a wide range of educational environments with learners from 16 to 100 years of age.

Find out more about each of these sectors: