Post-graduate routes into teaching – PGCE and School Direct

Today on the blog we have a post from Sandra Baron, Senior Careers and Employability Advisor in LiSS with some information about routes into teaching. Over to you, Sandra!

Are you thinking of a career in teaching after you graduate?  Are you aware of the different routes into teaching that give you the opportunity to earn a post-graduate qualification while you train?

There are still a limited number of places available for Primary and Secondary initial teacher training (ITT) courses available for admission in 2014/15.


Unusually for this time of the academic year, there are a variety of places still available for  graduates wishing to undertake a  Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (PGCE  with QTS)  in addition,  some of the places still available may be able to pay you while you are training:  The rules regarding who can be recruited onto School Direct (salaried) route have been slightly relaxed. Schools are still encouraged to consider career changers with at least three years’ experience first, but if a school has a good candidate who doesn’t meet the criteria they can still offer them a place, provided it is for a hard to fill subject such as maths, physics, chemistry, languages and computing.

The variety of routes into Teaching and which may be the best route for you to choose can seem very complex and confusing at first but the university’s careers service can offer you independent and unbiased advice to you to help you with your decision. Drop us an email at:

For helpful information about the variety of routes into Teaching and how to apply (including School Direct) please see the following links: