Training in Portsmouth

Options for learning in our city

Getting into teaching

There are multiple routes into teaching and we will help you navigate these. We know that searching through multiple websites can be time consuming and confusing. To make this easier, there is information about the training providers in the city, the different type of routes and a route finder to help you identify the best fit for you and your circumstances.

We are here to provide a clear route to your next steps as a future teacher.

There are 3 main routes into teaching...

- school based training
- combination of school-based practice and university led study
- university based training

There are 8 qualification options available for you to consider as you choose your route to become a teacher

School based training

Professional Graduate Certificate of Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Post-Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Diploma in Education and Training, and Qualified Teacher and Learning Skills status (QTLS)
Post-Graduate Diploma in Education and Leadership (PGDE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Combination of school-based practice and university led study

School Direct: Combining school-centred employment with university-led study leading to Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Post-Graduate Teaching Apprenticeships: Combining school-centred employment with university-led study leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

University Based Training

Primary route only - a degree qualification and/or a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Primary and secondary routes - Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Trainees may be offered the opportunity to study for 60 M-Level credits towards a Master's degree in addition to the Professional Certificate and Qualified Teacher Status awards.

Find your route

Answer these simple questions and click Find your route.

Do you have GCSE passes in English, mathematics and science at grade C / 4 or above?

   

If you haven't got these GCSEs, please continue with the search. You can still train to be a teacher.

You'll need to demonstrate GCSE grade C / 4 (or standard equivalent) in mathematics and English - and a GCSE science for primary trainees. Your training provider will make the final decision on whether you meet this entry criteria. If you don't, they may ask you to sit an equivalency test, or offer other evidence to demonstrate your ability.

Do you have a degree?

   

The search results will include education specific undergraduate courses as well as post-graduate options. If you already have a degree, you can become a teacher by undertaking a post-graduate course or opting for school based practice and qualifications. However, you may wish to take a further degree in a specialist education subject, which is why these options are presented.

Are you looking for a salaried route into teaching?

       

*A salaried route means you earn a salary while you train to teach and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Are you looking for a tuition fee route into teaching?

       

What age children are you interested in teaching?

What subject/s are you interested in teaching? If you do not have a preference, click "Not specified".

How to fund your teacher training

Early-career payments

Between September and March, eligible mathematics, physics, chemistry, computing, and language teachers can apply to the Department for Education for an early-career payment of up to £7,500.

For the most up to date information on early-career payments, visit the Department for education's website to check eligibility.

Scholarship, loans, and bursaries

Information available on the getintoteaching website in an easy to access format to guide you through funding for train to teach courses.

Depending on your subject you might be eligible for a teaching bursary or scholarship when training to teach which are tax free and don't need to pay back.

As a parent or carer, there are also possible options for funding and support.

Even if your subject does not qualify you to receive a scholarship or bursary, you can still receive funding to help you train to teach.

A tuition fee loan of up to £9,250 allows you to cover your teacher training, without paying for the course fees upfront! There is also a maintenance loan of up to £13,022 to help with living costs. What is great about these funding options is that even if you have a student loan you can still apply for a tuition fee and a maintenance loan. These do have to be repaid once you are earning.

Save the date!

The city's largest recruitment event for jobs in education returns

Monday 26 February 2024 10am - 2pm Portsmouth Guildhall (First floor)

Monday 26 February 2024
10am - 2pm
Portsmouth Guildhall (First floor)

Join us at the south's largest event for jobs and opportunities inside schools and colleges on Monday 26 February 2024 at Portsmouth Guildhall.

  • Speak to schools and colleges who have teaching and support vacancies
  • Talk to teacher training and adult education providers about apprenticeships and courses
  • Enrol on taster sessions with participating primary and secondary schools
  • Watch short presentations on trending topics inside the Opportunities Room

Tickets are free!

For more information and to get your free ticket, visit the Teach Portsmouth Jobs and Opportunities Fair page today!