Teacher Training Programme Structure & Requirements
Fast-track your PGCE
If you have experience of working with children in an educational setting, you might be eligible to fast-track the first year of your PGCE. Speak to our team for more info.
What qualifications do I need to have to be accepted onto the Teacher Training Programme?
In order to become a student on the Teacher Training Programme and to study for your PGCE, you need an Undergraduate degree (at any level) and a GCSE Grade C or above in Maths and English. If you would like to teach Primary school, you will also need to have a GCSE in Science.
How do I apply?
To apply for the Teacher Training Programme, visit our Register page, or send an email with your full name and phone number, whether you have GCSEs in Maths, English and Science, the kind of degree you have, and a short paragraph on why you want to become a teacher, to email@example.com.
How long does the programme take?
The Teacher Training Programme is a two-year course. The first year prepares you for teaching with classroom experience as a member of support staff and CPD sessions based around passing your PGCE. In your second year, you will take your PGCE modules and QTS assessment while working as an unqualified teacher for 18 hours per week.
Am I entitled to funding?
The Teacher Training Programme is entirely funded for everyone, so you won’t have to pay a thing. What’s more, you’ll earn a salary while you train which is in line with national scales - so there’s no need for a bursary or scholarship when you train with us!
What are the benefits of getting a PGCE?
A PGCE is a world-recognised teaching qualification, allowing you to teach almost anywhere. The reason the PGCE is such a respected qualification is because it is a well-rounded route into teaching, combining classroom-based experience with academic study of teaching.
What if I don’t have the required GCSEs?
If you didn’t get the necessary qualifications in Maths and English (or Science if you want to teach at Primary school) at school, there are training providers available who can arrange for you to study for and re-sit your GCSEs. To be able to study for your PGCE, you can look online or in your local area for adult learning courses. You will need to have a Grade C or above in these subjects before you can enrol on the Teacher Training Programme.
What should I do if my qualifications are from overseas?
Engage Education will formally check any overseas qualifications with UK NARIC to see if they meet the requirements of the programme.
What salary will I earn while I train?
During your first year of the Teacher Training Programme, you will earn a salary in line with support staff wages. During the second year, students’ salary will be in line with national unqualified teacher scales.
Do I need classroom experience before I apply?
You do not need school experience to enrol on the Teacher Training Programme. However, if you do have relevant classroom experience, you may be able to fasttrack your first year on the programme.
Do I have to start in September?
Due to the flexible nature of the Teacher Training Programme, graduates can enrol at any time to start in September, January or April to coincide with school terms. We work with graduates to make sure you can start the programme when you need to, so you get to teaching as soon as possible.