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Becoming a teacher

If you’re considering a career in teaching, there are a few things you may like to think about, such as:

  • What personal attributes you need.
  • What skills, experience and qualifications you’ll need.
  • What age range you want to teach.
  • What training routes are available to you based on your location or where you intend to teach.
  • What funding is available.

We’ve produced guides to help you reflect on your motivations, skills and experiences and decide whether a career in teaching is for you. They include information on the qualifications you’ll need, and training routes and funding. If you have a disability, you'll also find links to resources and organisations who can provide extra support.

Download a Becoming a teacher guide relevant to your nation.

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  • Careers webinars and stories
  • Student stories

    Read how other students got into teaching and their experiences.

  • OpenLearn

    Learn more about education and development through OpenLearn.

  • Becoming a teacher

    This free FutureLearn course explores the basics of what it means to become a teacher. It includes practical advice from teaching experts at the Open University and will help you decide if teaching is for you.

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