Routes into teaching

University-based training: Undergraduate

If you are hoping to train as a Primary school teacher, you may prefer to study for a degree that will lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). These may be BA or BSc degrees with QTS, or a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree. Applications for undergraduate degrees are made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

SCITTELS Undergraduate course – BA (Hons) Primary and Early Years Education with QTS

SCITTELS are a teacher training provider based in Stratford, East London. Working in partnership with Colegrave Primary School, SCITTELS have been providing teachers across East London for over 20 years. From September 2021, SCITTELS will be the only SCITT in London offering a 3-year undergraduate degree, validated by Birmingham City University. Fees are £8000 per year.

For more information on the Undergraduate Degree click here
To find SCITTELS on UCAS click here
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The course provides trainee teachers with opportunities to learn whilst employed ​and gain experience of teaching in an East London school from week 1.

Alternatively you can complete an undergraduate degree, then apply for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), or you may be eligible to apply for the School Direct Training Programme (salaried).

If you are a prospective secondary school teacher, you will need an undergraduate degree, then a Post Graduate Certificate of Education. At least 50% of your degree should be in the subject you intend to teach.

University- based training – Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)

A PGCE is a mix of training and school experience. The training may be based at a university, college or School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT). The PGCE is an internationally recognised qualification, enabling a teacher to work all over the world.  The closing date for applications is usually in the December to start in September of the following year. Applications should be made through UCAS Teacher Training.

Teach First

Teach First is an independent educational charity which partners a range of schools, by placing graduates from the Teach First Leadership Development programme into schools in high deprivation areas.

The programme lasts for 2 years. In their first year trainees complete their PGCE training and in the second year they complete induction as an Early Career Teacher. To be eligible for the programme, you’ll need at least a 2:1 or higher. Click here for further information about Teach First.

School Direct

School Direct offers two types of training places: the School Direct Training Programme and the School Direct Training Programme (salaried). Courses generally last a year, and you’ll train in at least two schools. School Direct places are offered by a school or group of schools in partnership with an accredited teacher training institution. It is expected that trainees will work in the school or group of schools in which they trained, but there is no guarantee of employment. School Direct courses all result in qualified teacher status (QTS). Most courses also award a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and/or master’s-level credits. Check the details of individual courses at: UCAS Teacher Training.

For details of partnerships in Newham who are offering School Direct places see: Training Places (pdf format)

School Direct Training Programme (Salaried)

School Direct Training Programme (salaried) will be open to graduates with three or more years’ career experience. Trainees will be employed as an unqualified teacher with a salary subsidised by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. The amount you earn will be dependent on the school you train in and the subject you’re teaching. Click here for further information about  School Direct Training Programme and School Direct Salaried Training Programme

Troops into teaching

Provides a route to teacher training for service leavers, leading to an honours degree with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  The programme provides an opportunity for exceptional former service personnel, who are currently in the resettlement cycle, to train as teachers in two or three years.

  • The length of the course is dependent on the course provider and any Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points acquired.
  • To receive the £40,000 bursary, applicants must be planning to teach secondary maths, biology, chemistry, physics, computing, or modern foreign languages.

You’ll need to be able to demonstrate, through your qualifications in the Armed Forces, that you have sufficient evidence of academic achievement and specialist subject knowledge to support your development.

The minimum eligibility requirements for the course are:

  • Maths and English GCSE  minimum C (grade 4) or equivalent qualifications.
  • You will need to demonstrate the equivalent of a minimum of one year full-time study in higher education. A minimum of 120 subject-related Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points if your current qualifications relate specifically to your chosen subject for teacher training.
  • If your qualifications are not specific to your chosen specialist subject for ITT , your qualifications will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Click here for further information about Troops to Teachers


There’s a range of funding options available to support your teaching career. Depending on the subject you want to teach, you could receive a generous bursary or scholarship. You can access loans and grants to cover your tuition fees. More information about funding can be found at: Get into teaching funding options.