What students say about teacher training
Being on a teacher training course has its challenges - thinking and preparing different exciting lessons for different subjects can be hard, but it's interesting when you work together as a team to see what you can accomplish. This year we've had numerous essays and assignnments to write and a few practical assessments where we were required to teach our peers a lesson of ours. We also had block school experience where you go to a school for six weeks and teach groups or a class of children and plan and prepare lessons for them.1st year, University of South Wales
My education studies course covers such a wide range of educational issues that I had never really considered before I started the course. The first year is about establishing the wider issues of our education system and being able to discover new viewpoints and new solutions to what we view as problems. We are taught to think both small and large scale - looking into schools here in the UK (helped by placements) to trips abroad and looking into international education. There are options to involve yourself in exploring both higher education all the way to primary education, so there really is a bit for everybody interested in education.1st year, Bath Spa University
My course is very interesting. It's split into modules such as maths, English and DT, which means you get detailed information on how to teach each subject. It's easy to get confused into thinking the uni is going to teach you your timestables in maths - they're not, that's for you to go away and learn if you're not confident - the tutor is there to teach you how to teach it to children. My course also involves block placements, from three weeks to nine weeks. This is the best part of my course, as you gain so much experience and it is so rewarding to get a first feel of your chosen career.1st year, University of Cumbria
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- At least one from art, design and technology, english, modern language, geography, history, IT, maths, music, religious studies and sciences
Useful to have
- CACHE (early years primary teaching/primary education teacher training)
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
Personal statement advice
If you want to study for a teacher training degree that leads directly to qualified teacher status (QTS), then you'll need a strong personal statement to secure you an interview.
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Primary school teacher
- Private tutor
- Special needs teacher
Other real-life job examples
- Sports coach
- Careers adviser
- Learning mentor
What employers like about this subject
A degree in teacher training will help you develop skills in teaching and motivating students; child development; professional practice in teaching; theories of learning and safeguarding of young people. Other useful transferrable skills that a teacher training degree can provide include communication, time management, adaptability, problem-solving, motivation of yourself and others, team-working and leadership. Teacher training graduates at first degree level most commonly go into primary school teaching, but also work for secondary schools, in government (often as regulators or examiners), nurseries, colleges, hospitals and in business training.