Get into teaching

If you want to be on a teacher training course starting in September 2018 then this blog is for you. To help you get ahead of the game we’ve put together some key dates, essential information and application guidance so you’re ready to apply at the right time.

Application Criteria

First off, are you ready to apply? There are a number of key things that you need to complete in order to train as a teacher. Read through this list to make sure you tick all the boxes…

  • You’ve obtained a C or above in Maths and English GCSE (and Science GCSE for primary teaching).
  • You’ve passed, or plan to take the Maths and English Professional Skills Tests.
  • You have 10 days recent work experience in a school (subject & age range you wish to teach).

If you’ve read through the list and there are things that you haven’t completed, then it’s important to take action now. Drop into the Employability Hub or email careers@hope.ac.uk to make an appointment with one of our Careers Advisers to put a plan together so you’re ready, with all the boxes ticked, when applications open.

Do your research

There are a number of routes into teaching. Spend some time considering your options and working out which route will suit you best. The options available to you are;

SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training)

 School Direct

University-led PGCE or PGDE

Teach First

When to apply?

The applications for most teacher training courses open in mid-October. There is a lot of competition for places on most courses so we encourage you to be ready to send off your application as early as possible. To find out the exact UCAS application opening date keep an eye out here for when it’s released by the Department for Education. We will also promote the date in our weekly employability bulletins so keep checking your e-mails.

How to apply?

Applications for all routes into teaching (with the exception of Teach First) are submitted through UCAS, so you need to register on UCAS Teacher Training. The application is made up of three key sections:

  • Application Form: this asks for all your personal details, including details of your university modules, which can be found through your academic profile on MyHope.
  • Personal Statement: This is the big one! Your personal statement is where you explain why you will make a great teacher. Here’s a great guide to get you started and The Careers & Employability Service here at Hope offer plenty of support, including workshops and proof reading services. Pop in to the Employability Hub to find out more.
  • References: you need to provide two references as part of your application. It is important to get their permission in advance, and to select individuals who know you well enough to highlight your potential as a teacher.

Register and stay up to date

UCAS have put together a useful Teacher Training pack with videos, guides and useful information to help you every step of the way.

We’d also recommend registering with the Department for Education Get into Teaching website to stay up to date with their events, information and advice.

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