There's plenty more to this sector than being a classroom teacher - discover what areas you can work in and what it's like working in the sector
Employment opportunities can be grouped into:
Other education roles include:
For examples of job roles in this sector, see graduate jobs in teaching and education.
The main employers are:
To become a qualified teacher in England you will need Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), for more information see routes into teaching.
You can expect:
To find out more about typical salaries and working conditions in your chosen career, see types of jobs.
As the training can be quite expensive, one of the main considerations is how you will fund it. The good news is that there are financial incentives to encourage graduates to teach shortage subjects such as:
Incentives include training bursaries of up to £30,000 dependent on your degree classification and the subject you want to teach. Get more information and find out if you're eligible for funding for teacher training.
Schools and universities start processing teacher training applications soon after the UCAS application portal opens. So you shouldn't wait too long to submit your application, as many popular courses fill up quickly. Find out more about applying for teacher training.
Remember to brush up on your numeracy and literacy, these skills are essential for all teachers and you'll have to pass the professional skills tests before you begin your teacher training. You can view practise papers at Department of Education - professional skills tests.
Training for early years teachers in nurseries and pre-school education has become more structured. Completion of an early year's initial teacher training programme leads to Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), which is equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - awarded to primary and secondary teachers. Course fees are paid and bursaries are available, depending on your degree classification. It is now possible to qualify to be an early year's teacher through work based training on a School Direct scheme.
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