If you follow these steps, you will be well on your way to becoming a secondary school teacher.

Step one

Gain an undergraduate degree

Before you can begin your secondary teacher training, you will need an undergraduate degree and/or professional experience in a relevant subject area. For example, if you want to teach English, you will need a humanities degree, such as BA (Hons) English Literature.

Think about which subject you would like to teach, then choose an undergraduate degree which is related to that subject.

Alternative route

If you don't have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis.

Here's some inspiration

Here are some examples of suitable undergraduate courses available at UoC:

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Step two

Take a PGCE

All secondary teachers must do a one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course in order to gain qualified teacher status (QTS). This qualification allows you to teach in England and Wales.

You can complete your PGCE at the university or at a school through School Direct. Whichever route  you take, you'll get ample classroom experience and the same high-quality University of Cumbria training.

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