Train to Become a Teacher Without a Degree

Why become a teacher?

There is a demand for great teachers in this country and, for many people, reasons for becoming a teacher are personal. Teachers do more than teach; their impact extends far beyond the classroom; they are united by a desire to positively impact young people’s lives.

Teaching is a job that offers a great deal of variety.  Each year, teachers get to work with a new group of students with unique personalities, experiences and ideas. Teachers can introduce new topics into the courses, change the way they teach a particular topic or design new classes to keep things new and exciting each year.

Your life as a teacher will allow you to be creative, interactive and engaging. Children are both easily amused and very amusing, so working with them provides many opportunities for laughter.

Entering the teaching profession brings a high level of responsibility and opens up the real prospect of development.  From moving into leadership positions, completing professional qualifications and managing your own teams the opportunities are endless.

What qualifications do I need to be a teacher?

The minimum qualifications you need to be a teacher are:

  • a university degree
  • GCSE Mathematics and English

You will also need to pass the Professional Skills Test for Numeracy and Literacy. 

If you do not have a degree but are wanting to become a teacher, Castles can help you gain relevant experience within schools, by taking on supply work, cover supervisor work or working as a teaching assistant. Whilst you are earning and working, we would recommend that you then study a degree part-time. Castles can help you with this and point you in the right direction. If you would like to take advantage of this contact Kelly Woollard on 0161 914 9187.

We have seen a dramatic increase in the number of enquiries we are receiving from people who are interested in becoming a teacher but do not have the right degree or qualifications.  Perhaps you are looking for a career change, or perhaps you have a young family and would like a job that aligns better with the school holidays for practical reasons.  Whatever your reasons are, figuring out how to become a teacher at this stage can seem like a huge challenge.

Can you become a teacher without a degree?

If you have a passion for teaching and working with young people, but you don’t have a degree, you might be under the impression that it’s not possible to become a teacher.  But, that might not always be the case.  New routes into teaching are opening up all the time and there are more options now than ever before.  There are also more people working in the education system today without any formal teaching qualifications than ever before.  You may have to readjust your expectations a little because the best-paid jobs are reserved for those with higher qualifications, but It is definitely possible to work in a school without a degree.

What school-based jobs can I do without a degree?

Dip your toe into the field of education.
Gain transferable workplace skills, knowledge and experience.

  • Duties and activities may include:
  • Working one-to-one or with small groups of pupils.
  • Supporting pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities.
  • Supporting pupils with English as a second language.
  • Preparing the classroom for lessons.
  • Helping on school outings or at school events

How much will I earn?

Approximately £300 – £400 per week

What other skills or courses can I take to increase my chances?

We will offer training in Makaton, Team teach, Introduction to data, Behaviour Management and Safeguarding.

If you have skills in coaching, youth work, justice service, fostering experience, support or residential work this is all relevant.

What other types of work experience are valuable?

6 Months support work is desirable but more importantly, a passion for working with young people and skills in communication is key.

If you have work experience skills in coaching, youth work, justice service, fostering experience, support or residential work this is all relevant.

Are my GCSE results important?

Yes. you must at least have GCSE C grade or above in English and Maths. Science is required if you are looking at the primary sector.

How to become a teacher

There are various ways to become a teacher.  The route which is best for you will depend on your personal circumstances.

Whichever route you choose, the aim is to reach qualified teacher status (QTS).

PGCE

A Postgraduate Certificate in Education is an academic qualification which is awarded alongside QTS as part of all university led teacher training courses as well as some other school-based routes.  You will normally pay a fee of around £9,000 to study a PGCE.

School Based

If you train to become a teacher in a school based programme, you will earn a salary from day one.  You will work in the classroom as a teaching assistant or similar support role and build up your skills and experience gradually. School based teacher training is free.

To apply for a school based teacher training programme with Castles Education call Dean on 0161 914 9185

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