Routes into Teaching

With UCAS applications for postgraduate teaching opening on Thursday 26th October 2017 we’re currently seeing a lot of students with a range of questions about getting into teaching.  Here’s our quick need to know guide…

Routes into Teaching – Your Options

There are a number of routes into teaching. If you haven’t already researched and decided on the best option for you now’s the time to start exploring your options.

  • University-led training – enrolling onto a PGCE at a university. Here at Liverpool Hope University we have a number of options leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); PGCE Primary, PGCE Secondary and PGCE Early Years. You’ll spend the majority of your time at university and will complete teaching placements to gain hands-on classroom-based experience. *Other Universities are available! Do your research, visit open days and get informed.
  • School-led training – School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) and School Direct both offer the option to complete the majority of your training within a school attending university/training provider sessions to cover the academic/theoretical element of teacher training.

Watch teachers talking about the routes they chose on the UCAS video here and visit Get Into Teaching to explore your options in more depth.


All applicants need the following…

  • GCSE grade C or equivalent in Maths & English (Secondary)
  • GCSE grade C or equivalent in Maths, English & Science (Primary)
  • Degree 2.2 minimum (some training providers look for a 2.1)
  • Work experience – at least 2 weeks in a school covering the subject & age range you wish to teach

If you’re looking to gain experience to support your application come and visit us in the Hub on Tuesday 2pm – 4pm or Wednesday 10.30am – 12.30pm for our Work Experience Drop-in.


For information on bursaries and funding visit the Get into Teaching website bursary amounts vary by subject and your degree classification. It’s worth registering with the Get into Teaching website to stay up to date with announcements and news.


You need to apply via UCAS and applications open on Thursday 26th October 2017.

We’d recommend applying on day 1.  There are a few things you can do now to be ready to apply…

References – Speak to your 2 referees ahead of the apply date. They’ll need to fill in a reference online before your application will go to any training providers.

Personal Statement – Prepare it in advance of the apply date & get it checked! You’ve got 4000 characters or 47 lines of text (including spaces). Think about why you want to teach? Show passion & detail your skills, experience &  knowledge.

Provider Choices – You get 3 choices – each provider will see these as 1,2,3 so although not listed in preference think about which you might prefer, if any, and  if you have a preference put it first.

Our Support

We’re running a dedicated Teacher Training Application Q&A in the Employability Hub on the 26th October 3pm – 5pm.

You can also get your Personal Statement checked at any Careers Express (Mon, Tues & Thurs 10.30am – 12.30pm) no appointment needed.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: