How to become a primary school teacher
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You can do an undergraduate degree that leads to qualified teacher status (QTS), for example:
- Bachelor of Education (BEd)
- Bachelor of Arts (BA) with QTS
- Bachelor of Science (BSc) with QTS
If you already have a bachelor's degree without qualified teacher status, you can complete a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). This can be done at university or through a training programme based in a school.
More teacher training options
There are more training options if you want to change career or specialise in teaching certain subjects.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course
You can do a degree level teaching apprenticeship if you have a degree and want to teach 5 to 11 year olds.
You'll usually need:
- GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths
- GCSE science at grade 9 to 4 (A* to C) for primary school teaching
- a degree for a teaching apprenticeship
You could start as a teaching assistant and do a part time degree. You could then move onto a postgraduate teaching course to qualify as a teacher.
You'll find it helpful to get some experience of working with children, though this is not essential.
You could volunteer at a school, help at an after school club or work on a holiday scheme.
- you'll usually need qualified teacher status (QTS) to teach in a state school in England
You can do a subject knowledge enhancement course to improve your understanding of the subject you want to teach.
You can also attend a Get Into Teaching event before you apply to get advice about teaching, funding and the different training routes available. You can attend events in person and online.
You can discover more about how to become a teacher from Get Into Teaching.
You can also search for jobs through the Teaching Vacancies service.