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Undergraduate routes into teaching

Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) courses – England and Wales

  • BA and BSc with QTS courses differ slightly from the BEd course in that they focus more on giving students the specialist subject knowledge needed to teach whereas the BEd focuses more on the principles of teaching and learning.
  • BA and BSc with QTS courses are common for students hoping to become secondary school teachers.
  • Some BA and BSc with QTS courses are designed for students hoping to teach in primary schools.
  • BA and BSc with QTS courses exist only in England and Wales.
  • Course content varies between Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers but full-time degrees generally last three to four years. Those studying part-time will take four–six years to complete the course.

About the course

Below we provide a rough overview of a typical BA and BSc with QTS course. Course content and instruction will differ between universities so we strongly advise consulting individual university web pages for more specific information.

  • In year 1 students explore their subject in depth as well as its context within teaching and learning. If studying a BA or BSc with QTS for Primary Education, students may look deeply into the pedagogy of teaching and learning.
  • In year 2 students further explore their subject combined with some school placement experience.
  • Year 3 will usually largely consist of school placements ensuring students are equipped to practise when they have graduated. Students will be required to conduct action-based research. Action-based research means implementing a teaching practise and reporting on its impact on learning, all with the purpose of helping the student to reflect on and improve best practise.

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Entry requirements

  • Candidates must have GCSEs (A–C) in English and Maths*. Primary candidates must also have at least one GCSE (A–C) in Science*.
  • Candidates must have good A Levels with at least one in their specialist subject. There is usually a minimum amount of UCAS points required.
  • ITT providers do accept other academic equivalencies – consult their admissions websites for more information.
  • Candidates must pass their Professional Skills Tests prior to undertaking any teacher training in England.

*Those wishing to train in Wales will need at least grade B.

Applying

  • Candidates apply for BA and BSc with QTS courses via the University and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS). Find courses using our Course Chooser
  • Candidates may be selected to attend interview which will include knowledge audits.
  • Candidates are subject to Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks as part of the admissions process.

Funding                     

  • BA or BSc with QTS students will be eligible for the same government funding awarded to all undergraduate students, awarded according to the same criteria. More information can be found in our Fees section.
  • A £9,000 bursary is available for undergraduate students training to teach physics or maths at secondary level in England. This will be awarded in their final year.

Fully qualifying

  • Students who successfully complete their undergraduate teacher training in England or Wales are awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in addition to their Bachelor’s degree. 

Please read our After qualifying section for more information, including induction year leading to full registration details.