Become a Teacher• 3 Min read

1st April 2019

How can I get into teaching?

Whether you’re a recent graduate, or looking for a change in career, it can be difficult to decide what to do next. There are so many options available for postgraduate study and apprenticeships into a variety of careers, but beginning a new career at the bottom rung can seem daunting, expensive, and difficult. For those considering getting into teaching, we can help you with your next steps to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Becoming a teacher

If you opt to become a teacher, you’ll enter into a huge international community of educators, a career that’s different every day, and a job where you benefit from fantastic support. When you become a teacher, you also get to experience the rewards of making an impact on young people every single day. Luckily, it’s never been easier to get into teaching with Engage Education.

At Engage, we’re always looking for enthusiastic and committed people who can turn their skills into inspiring the next generation of school children, whether as a Teaching Assistant (TA), other support staff, or a Qualified Teacher. We aim to remove every obstacle standing in the way of people becoming the great educator they were meant to be.

If you’re a graduate, you’re eligible to study for a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) – even if you have no teaching experience. Training for your PGCE is the most popular route into teaching, as you gain an internationally-recognised qualification which allows you to teach anywhere in the world. Few postgraduate study routes can offer the opportunities that a PGCE does.

The Engage Teacher Training Programme

In order to facilitate a new generation of high-quality teachers in the UK, Engage has created a new teacher training course that allows you to get your PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) over a two-year intensive course.

The Engage Teacher Training Programme is the only modular and flexible postgraduate programme available in the UK. We take any prior relevant experience into account so you can fast-track some of the teaching modules and experience in the first year of your PGCE. The Engage Teacher Training Programme is also completely free of charge, as we pay all your tuition fees for you. While you train to become a teacher with the Engage, we’ll place you as a full-time, paid member of teaching staff in a school of your choice, so in addition to your free study, you’ll even earn a salary as you gain valuable classroom experience.

Do I qualify?

The Engage Teacher Training Programme is open to anyone who holds any undergraduate degree alongside a GCSE in English and Maths of Grade C or Level 4 equivalent. (If you are interested in teaching at Primary level, you will also need a GCSE in Science of Grade C or Level 4 equivalent.) Applicants are selected for the programme based not only on their academic qualifications, but on their drive, creativity and enthusiasm for the teaching vocation.

What does the course look like?

The Teacher Training Programme is broken down over two years into 7 modules, which are taken online alongside your classroom-based on-the-job training. Some of these modules and the first year of teaching experience can be fast-tracked if you have relevant prior experience. (To find out more about the modules, click here.) We have partnered with schools all over the country, so you can take the Engage Teacher Training Programme no matter where you are in England.

In your first year, you’ll work as a fully-salaried member of support staff in one of our fantastic partner schools. You’ll be able to watch and learn from Qualified Teachers in the classroom, and develop your skills and rapport with children in a teaching capacity. In your second year of the programme, you’ll work as a full-time trainee teacher, responsible for the delivery of lessons – with our support every step of the way.

Before gaining QTS at the end of the two year programme, you will be required to pass a Professional Skills Test. These are simple tests which measure your proficiency in Mathematics and Literacy outside of your specialism, to ensure you can perform all of your duties in the role of a teacher. We offer tailored training for these tests from former SLT-level teachers, so you can rest assured that you’ll have the very best chance of success.

Why Engage?

When you train with Engage, you’re not only getting a free university postgraduate qualification. You will also receive all of the great benefits we afford to our teachers while you study.

Engage teachers receive our complete support, from CPD sessions to social events. Our tailored CPD events for those enrolled on the Engage Teacher Training Programme will cover extra classroom skills and intensive training on how to pass your Professional Skills Tests to ensure your best chances of success in your career as a teacher. We’re also on hand to assist you with your studies, as well as providing access to our free 24/7 mental health and wellbeing support with the Education Support Partnership. On top of all of this, take part in our fun social events organised by the Community & Wellbeing team, so you can enjoy meeting other like-minded trainee teachers.

How do I sign up?

If you’re interested in training to be a teacher with Engage, all we ask of you before you apply is that you have the necessary education qualifications, a dedication to begin your teaching career, commitment to give your all to a two-year intensive teaching programme, and the ambition to teach and inspire young people long-term. Find out more about the Engage Teacher Training Programme here, or register your interest.

Take the first step

When you fill out an application form to enrol on the Engage Teacher Training Programme, you’re taking your first step on your journey towards becoming a teacher. Exciting, isn’t it?

Still got questions? Email the teacher training team at

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