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Train to teach at an undergraduate or postgraduate level 

A fulfilling career with fantastic employability and the opportunity to inspire the future generation, there really is no profession quite like teaching. If you want a new challenge every day and have a passion for enriching the lives of children and young people through learning start your teaching journey today by exploring our courses. 

With over 100 years of experience in teacher training, our Institute of Education nurtures aspiring teachers on programmes that make us one of the leading providers in the UK. Develop the skills and confidence you need to inspire young people, supported closely by expert academics, and when you’re ready, put your learning into practice on specially selected placements in a school perfect for you. What’s more, our courses are informed by cutting edge research in child development and learning, represented by our LED and TEAN research centres.  

Start your teaching journey in Lancaster, Carlisle or London with the University of Cumbria.  

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I don’t have a degree

All state-maintained schools require teachers to have the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). Here at the University of Cumbria, you can study for a degree in Primary Education and work towards your QTS award at the same time. You will be ready to get your first teaching job with no further study required. If your degree doesn’t include QTS you will need to get certified separately, through our PGCE programme or similar.

Undergraduate Teaching Courses 

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I have a degree

If you already have a degree there are several routes available to become a teacher. Explore the options below to find the best course for you. Plus, learn how to apply for a PGCE via the DfE teacher training platform. 

With both campus-based and School Direct PGCE programmes offered by the University of Cumbria, you'll be sure to find the right path for teacher training. Discover our PGCE course options or find out more about our School Direct provision below.

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Why train to teach with the University of Cumbria

We rank 8th in the World for our ‘Quality of Education’ (THE Rankings, 2020).

We are one of the largest providers of teacher training in the UK, being joint #1 in the UK for students completing their PGCE Secondary programme.

In the last 10 years we have trained over 10,000 new teachers.

We are partnered with 20 School Direct Institutions.

9/10 of our graduates are in work or further study within 15 months of graduating (HESA, 2020).

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How to Apply for Teacher Training

How you apply for teacher training depends on the route you are taking. Applications for our Undergraduate courses should be made through UCAS, whereas PGCE applications take place through the Department for Education (DfE) website.

At the University of Cumbria, we pride ourselves on the support we offer to applicants and students.  We have tonnes of top-tips and helpful information to support you whilst you make your application and remember you can always get in touch with us to ask any questions.

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