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Going into teaching

Training to become a teacher

There are a number of different options for students wishing to train to become primary or secondary school teachers. The most well known option is the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) - normally studied full time over one academic year (though York St John does offer a part-time option for those wanting to train as primary teachers). Other possible routes are the SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) or the School Direct scheme - both one year programmes, and Teach First (a two year scheme). You can find out more information on these schemes by using the link on the left hand side of this page. We strongly recommend that you also read the information on applying for a teacher training course, in order that you are aware of the timescales and deadlines involved - many students are caught out by not being prepared for this.


Applying for a teacher training course

The application process for routes into teaching training typically starts in the autumn a year before you would start your training (so the 1st semester of the final year of your degree, if you are on a full time course). However, before you can apply for a place on any of the training routes, it is vital that you gain the relevant experience in schools beforehand. As such, we strongly advise any students considering going into teaching to start thinking and reading about their options at the beginning of the second semester of their second year (for full-time students). More information is available via the link on the left hand side of this page.


*It is important to note that there are ongoing changes to the routes into teacher training, and more particularly the application processes involved. It is also worth making sure that if you are looking at any information online, on websites such as the Teaching Agency website, you are sure that you are looking at the information that is correct for your year of study. There is more information available via the link on the left hand side of this page about applying for a teacher training course to start in 2014.


Alternatives to Teaching

If you are keen to working an educational environment but are interested in options other than teaching, you might fine the document Education Alternatives a useful resource to look at.