Welcome to the University of Cumbria Institute of Education. The Institute is at the forefront of developing education professionals for the 21st century. We run a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for those interested in education, teacher training and ongoing professional development.

We have been inspiring teachers through our training and professional development opportunities for over 100 years, beginning with our founding institutions, St Martin’s College in Lancaster and Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside.

Confused about what options there are in eduction? Try our Routes into Education tool to find out what you can do.

Watch the video to see an interview with former Primary Education with QTS student Lizzie Howden about her course and life after graduation.


Primary teacher training

We have a range of great undergraduate and postgraduate routes into Primary Education. These excellent courses include school placements and allow you to gain qualified teacher status (QTS). 

If you're not certain you want to be a teacher, but would still like to work in the education sector, we also have non-QTS courses available.

Find out more Start your PGCE in January 2018
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Secondary teacher training

We offer two different routes to become a secondary school teacher. The first is a traditional, one-year PGCE in which you'll study full-time at the university with some placements in school, and the second is through our School Direct scheme, which allows you to be based full-time in school from the beginning of your course.

66% of our newly qualified secondary teachers were graded as outstanding in 2015.

Learn more PGCE training bursaries
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The Institute of Education now works with a diverse range of education providers to bring about positive change through grounded professional inquiry and research, developing confident and competent leaders who can act as a catalyst for a better education experience for everyone. This engagement is based on five 5 key principles of Collaboration, Lifelong Learning, Inquiry, Impact and Innovation.

Our key aim is to develop aspirational educational professionals who have a positive impact on learning. We support students to achieve their best, thereby becoming inspirational educators for future generations of learners.


Research and scholarship activity underpins our core purpose which is to advance educational knowledge and practice. It informs our teaching and engagement with employers and practitioners.

Read more about our research
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Professional Development

If you want to take your teaching career to the next level, whether it's improving your teaching technique or taking on more leadership roles at school, we have a range of courses available to help make that happen. 

Browse our CPD courses
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Meet the Team

Our teaching staff have a wealth of experience teaching in real-world educational environments. They're passionate about their subject and can't wait to help you take the next step in your career. Find out more about them before starting your course.

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