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Can you get into Teaching Without a Degree?

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Graduate Teacher Roles

Teaching agency jobs, for the most part, require candidates to be qualified teachers, which require that the applicant holds Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This means they are authorised and eligible to teach in any school in England. Whether it’s working as a supply teacher or in a permanent teaching position, holding QTS will ensure you are more likely to land these types of teaching roles. However, there are some schools which employ teaching staff who don’t have a recognised teaching qualification.

Unqualified Teacher Roles

It is possible to secure part-time, flexible and full-time teaching positions without spending three years at university. Achieving QTS doesn’t necessarily mean completing a university course.

The question is, how do you land teaching positions without a degree? If you want to land an independent school job, you can apply for teaching jobs online, without any teaching qualifications. If you’re lucky enough to secure a role, you can then undergo on-the-job training.  There are opportunities to work in education in non-graduate positions,such as cover supervisors or teaching assistant roles. There are options for both graduates and non-graduates to work in nurseriesSEND schools and much more. That’s where a teaching recruitment agencylike Always Flourishing can help. Below are some other education jobs you can apply for without a degree:

  • Nursery assistant (read more about working in a nursery)
  • School administrator
  • Finance assistant
  • Education support worker
  • Sports coach
  • Invigilator
  • ICT technician

Can I Teach Withouta Degree?

To achieve QTS, you must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification. QTS is required for the majority of teaching positions in schools across the UK, and is a necessity for teaching in state schools. If you don’t have QTS, you may be able to land some potential teaching jobs.

Did you know?

  • Private schools are not required by law, to hire qualified teachers. While unlikely, they could recruit teachers who have no recognised graduate certificate.
  • Many independent, freeschools and academies are permitted to hire teaching staff without QTS.

If you want to work as a teacher, the main takeaway here is that you cannot become a recognised teacher without QTS.  However, if you are an undergraduate, or hold a degree in a subject that’s different to what you want to teach, there are various options to help you become a qualified teacher. Deciding on the best route for you will depend on your circumstances. 

Qualify to Land Teaching Jobs

  1. Schools Direct Training

This will allow you to do on-the-job teacher training. Your requirements are:

  • An undergraduate degree*
  • GCSEs (grade C or above) in English and Maths (as well as Science if teaching in primary schools
  • Successful completion of numeracy and literacy skills tests
  • Other school-specific requirements

*Your degree must be an honours degree totalling 360 credits for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) routes, and should match at least 50% of the subject you want to teach (if training to work in secondary schools).

  1. Postgraduate Certification in Education (PGCE)

A PGCE is an internationally-recognised qualification. You have the option to:

  • Apply to Higher Education Institutions for PGCE courses
  • Apply for teaching positions directly with a school, and achieve your PGCE while working on the job.

It’s worth reinforcing the point thatsome PGCEs do not lead to QTS. However, you can have QTS without a PGCE.

  1. Assessment-Only Route

The assessment route is available for graduates who have taught unqualified for several years, in multiple schools. This can involve teaching in private schools or teaching overseas. Your chosen school will work with ITT providers to carry out the assessment. This option is preferable for some experienced unqualified teachers, who haven’t taken a teacher training course. However, this is not an option for those who have left a school position.

Other Teaching Options

If you are unsure that traditional undergraduate study is the best option for you, and you would rather start working and earning, you could consider:

  • Foundation degrees – these can be taken on a part-time basis over several years. When combined with working as a teaching assistant, giving you some added experience. 
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language– you may be able to find work abroad without having a teaching degree or qualification.

Apply for Teaching Agency Jobs

Education recruitment agencies like Always Flourishing, recruit staff for various types of teaching agency jobs. We help candidates land teaching roles in schools across the Thames Valley, and we also act as the recruitment agents for numerous partner schools in and around the Home Counties. Please also refer to our blog post about what schools look for in NQTs (Newly Qualified Teachers), and teaching remotely, which is proving the norms during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have any questions about applying for teaching jobsgive us a call today. 

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