Routes Into & Through Teaching

BGU with you all the way, helping you become the best teacher you can be.

We were founded in 1862 to provide properly trained teachers for the newly-opened primary schools across Lincolnshire. During the course of the past 150 years we have had a continuous history of innovation in the training of new teachers for our region and beyond. We were pioneering in 1862 and we are at the cutting edge today. We also have a long history of providing professional development courses for serving teachers. Today we have developed a suite of courses that provide continuous support through initial training and early career development to posts of leadership and management. We hope you will find a route that suits you.

To be a teacher you need to have a degree (bachelor degree) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You can gain these at the same time through a degree that includes recommendation for QTS (eg BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS) or you can complete your degree first and then follow it with a PGCE. Many teachers then continue to study towards a Masters degree (MA) in Education as part of their professional development.

The sections below explain the different routes into and through teaching available to you.

Undergraduate Routes

If you don't already have a degree but are confident in wanting to teach in the primary age range, you should consider our BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS. This is a three year integrated academic and professional preparation for teaching. At the end of the course there is an opportunity to take the first steps towards the MA before you start your first teaching job.

If you are currently working in a school employed or volunteering, and you wish to train to teach primary as you work, you should consider our Foundation Degree in Applied Studies routes, followed by the four term progression route BA (Hons) Primary Teaching Studies with QTS. If you already have a suitable foundation degree you may be eligible to apply directly for the progression route.

If you are not certain about teaching as a career, not certain about the age of pupils you wish to teach, or wish to specialise at university in a subject you enjoy before training as a teacher, then why not consider the wide range of degree courses available at BGU. You could then follow this with a PGCE for either primary or secondary teaching if you decide you still wish to teach. It is worth looking at the entry requirements for the PGCE now, however, to ensure you make a sensible choice of degree subject. Do remember, though, that things may have changed in Initial Teacher Training by the time your degree is finished.

Postgraduate Routes

The most common route to teaching for graduates is the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which is an integrated academic and professional preparation for teaching, combining academic study at masters level (the first two steps along the road to an MA) with recommendation for QTS. This is available for general primary teaching and for a range of primary and secondary subject specialisms.

There are several modes of study for a PGCE including full-time or part-time, BG-based or cluster-based, salaried or fees-funded. The range of modes is likely to vary so please keep an eye on these pages for the latest information. Some routes (eg School Direct) will require you to apply direct to a BGU partner school rather than to BGU itself. All routes include substantial time training in schools, just like a teacher, with some time spent in training sessions at BGU.

The PGCE contains 60 credits which, at Masters level, will be one third of the way through the MA in Professional Development. There is an opportunity to undertake a further 30 credits before or as you begin your first teaching post.

Teaching in the Further Education and Training Sector

If you're looking to progress into a career teaching in the education and training sector (former post-16 sector), including sixth form and further education colleges, adult education and a wide range of other training and educational settings, the Diploma in Education and Training (DET) course may be for you. Alternatively, you may already be working as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment and looking to progress your career.

Upon successful completion of this course, you'll be eligible to proceed, following a process of professional formation through the Society for Education and Training to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. This is the full professional status for teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

On this course you'll have the opportunity to develop the skills to play a full part in teaching and curriculum development. The course allows you to focus on your particular subject specialist area and a significant amount of your learning happens in your place of work – allowing you to put theory into practice. 

You'll be taught by an experienced team of teacher educators and have access to an extensive professional and academic network, which feeds directly into course design and delivery, and to excellent facilities and resources.

You should normally be in employment as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment. Voluntary teaching/training may be acceptable in some circumstances (please check with your local provider). The course is particularly suitable if you have work experience and/or qualifications in industry, including business and administration, hair and beauty, health and social care, uniformed services or armed forces, construction, engineering and many other vocational areas. It is also suitable for those wishing to teach or already teaching academic subjects.

The Diploma in Education and Training is validated by BGU and currently delivered by Lincoln College and New College Stamford. Click on the following links that will take you directly to the colleges’ websites:

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Courses

We also offer options for secondary applicants to refresh and boost their subject knowledge through SKE Courses. These are completed before starting your PGCE and are available in subjects with national demand. Currently, the subjects available are:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

They are fully funded and you can also receive a bursary of up to £7,200 during the duration of the SKE course. For more information about the SKE Programme, please click here.
*Bursary allowance until 31 March 2016. Future bursaries are currently awaiting confirmation from NCLT.

Professional Development

Whichever route you take to becoming a teacher, we aim for you to enter teaching as a highly skilled, reflective practitioner, able to reflect on your own practice in order to achieve improvement in your skills and understanding for the benefit of your learners. However, as your career progresses you will hopefully aspire to become a teacher researcher, systematically enquiring into your own practice and that of others in order to bring about improvements, not just in your own practice, but in that of others within and beyond your own setting.

If you have recently trained with us you will already have been made aware of the Flexible Framework for Professional Development and may already have banked some Masters-level credits in your account. The framework allows you to add to these through further practice-based modules leading to a substantial piece of work for your dissertation. Within the framework there are opportunities to focus on themes such as subject knowledge and pedagogy, learning and teaching, leadership and management, and modules based around your own or your school's development priorities.

If you have trained or studied elsewhere it may be possible to transfer in some existing credits or you may wish to start afresh. Either way you can be assured that BGU is on hand to help you with your professional development - we'll be with you all the way.


National Priorities

National priorities change according to the needs of the profession for different types of teacher. For example, recently there have been schemes for armed services leavers (Troops to Teaching) and for experienced but as yet unqualified teachers (Assessment Only), additional scholarships for some training to teach secondary Physics or Chemistry, schemes to provide Mathematics specialist teachers in primary schools and schemes to encourage graduates to give a few years to teaching before moving into other careers (Teach First).

Here at BGU we are often involved in delivering national priorities, being at the cutting edge of teacher education.

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