Graduating from university is a significant milestone in life and, for many, the next step is to start looking for employment opportunities.
If you are considering a career in teaching, there are various routes you can take in the United Kingdom, such as School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT), Initial Teacher Training (ITT), or Schools Direct.
In these pages, we will discuss the different routes to teaching and the opportunities available to undergraduate students through Prospero Teaching.
Let’s take things back a step. If you are considering a career in teaching, there are two main routes you can take as a graduate to get there.
The first is to study for a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at university. This option means you’ll get your qualification first, and then apply for teaching jobs afterwards. It’s probably the most common route into teaching, and a great way to get a solid grounding in the theory and practice of teaching. The PGCE programme is open to students from different academic backgrounds or subjects.
The second route is a little different – you’ll start by getting a job in a school and then work towards your qualification while you’re on the job. It’s a hands-on approach that can be a good fit for graduates who like to learn by doing.
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It is also possible to work as an ‘unqualified teacher’ in some schools (namely, independent schools or academies) depending on your experience and subject specialism, including international students. For these types of roles, STEM and MFL graduates are highly sought after.
Working as a graduate teaching assistant is an excellent first step to take. Unsure if teaching is for you in the long term? Interesting in supporting individuals and small groups of pupils, with the chance to work closely with an experienced teacher? Graduate Teaching Assistant jobs could be the perfect choice for you!
As we understand, deciding what to do after university or college is absolutely huge. To help, we’ve compiled some of our most frequently asked questions below. And if you’d like to talk to someone just let us know.