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Frequently Asked Questions

To be eligible for the Transition to Teach programme you will need to be able to demonstrate how you can apply the skills and expertise gained through your previous work history to support the next generation of young learners. Teaching is ageless, in fact the older you are, the more knowledge of life you will bring to the classroom.

You are required to:

  • Be qualified to degree level.
  • Agree to a full Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
  • Have the right to work in UK.
  • Provide original examination certificates.  If you have misplaced these, you should be able to obtain them from the exam board.


  • If you are an overseas national, wishing to become a qualified teacher in the UK, you must meet certain academic criteria set by the UK Government. UK NARIC offer a Statement of Comparability which will provide you with the information you need to establish whether you meet the academic criteria.
  • If you are an EEA-qualified teacher you should contact the Department for Education.



Primary Teacher (Ages 3 to 11):

  • Undergraduate Honours Degree or equivalent.
  • Maths Grade C and above or equivalent.
  • English Grade C and above or equivalent.
  • Any Science Grade C and above or equivalent.

Secondary Teacher (Ages 11 to 18):

  • Undergraduate Honours Degree or equivalent.
  • Maths Grade C and above or equivalent.
  • English Grade C and above or equivalent.

Whilst you need a degree to teach, you don’t necessarily need a degree in the subject you want to teach. If you want more guidance, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Once you have been accepted on to your initial teacher training course, you may need to complete an SKE (Subject Knowledge Enhancement) course before you begin your training in September.

We can help you with the details. For many teachers – young and old – concern about subject knowledge is their greatest anxiety about starting to teach. Afterwards, almost all acknowledge the fears were misplaced. In some ways, it can be a bonus to feel a little rusty – it can help to remember what it felt like to be learning.

If you don’t have a degree, there may still be other career options open to you within the education sector. Get in touch and we’ll be happy to advise.

Yes, you are in the unique position of having experience from your previous careers or home environment. This will be hugely beneficial in your teaching, as you will be able to relate theory to practice and bring reality into the classroom by equating the lessons being taught to your own real-life experiences.

Additionally, you will have already accumulated many other talents and skills which are all useful in a classroom and in the different aspects of school leadership and administrative roles. For example; you are likely to know how to plan and manage time effectively, which is not only useful for teaching but also for producing timetables, school events, exam schedules etc. You don’t even have to have been working to have this skill.

Often, a parent juggling childcare has so much to offer in terms of experience and skills. It is likely that you already have experience of working with a variety of personalities, listening, communicating, sharing and marketing ideas, working towards common goals or targets, supporting others to succeed, advocating on behalf of team members or your children, leading a team etc. The list of relevant skills and talents that you acquire with experience is almost endless.

As you move into teaching, this will depend on your background and skills level, the subject you are teaching, and the position applied for. During your training, there are currently three types of funding available and you may be eligible for all three:

  • Tax-free bursaries or scholarships are available for some subject areas – you will need a first, 2.1. or 2.2 Honours Degree, a PhD or a Masters to be eligible for a bursary or scholarship.
  • Tuition Fee loan and Maintenance Loan.
  • Additional financial support if you are a parent or have a disability.

In addition, there is also a salaried route, which is available if you qualify for the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship or School Direct Route.

Contact us for more information and we can discuss your own personal circumstances or visit

Yes, it is a good idea to spend time at a school before you apply.  However, the team at Transition to Teach are actively involved with partner schools and can assist you with finding a school experience day close to home. Contact us today!

Simply fill out our short form to express your interest and we will contact you. You will be assigned someone who will guide and support you through the application process and your training.

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DfE - The Department for Education

FE - Further Education

HOD - Head of Department

HT - Headteacher

HE - Higher Education

HEI - Higher Education Institute

ITT - Initial Teacher Training

KS - Key Stage

NARIC - National Academic Recognition Information Centre

NQT - Newly Qualified Teacher

OFSTED - The Office for Standards in Education

OTT - Overseas Trained Teacher

PGCE - Post Graduate Certificate in Education

QTLS - Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills

QTS - Qualified Teacher Status

SKE - Subject Knowledge Enhancement

SCITT - School Centred Initial Teacher Training

STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

SD - School Direct

SEND - Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

SENco - Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

TA - Teaching Assistant

Express your interest

Interested in making a career change? Register your interest with the Transition to Teach programme, and we will be in contact with further information for you.