Become a teacher


Become a teacher

As a teacher you’ll get the chance to inspire, motivate, and help young people gain a quality education and learn the skills they need for their future. Every day you’ll be able to make a difference. And every day you’ll have the opportunity to help a young person succeed. It’s a challenging but rewarding career. Teaching has so much to offer you.

Choosing the right career is a big step so it’s only natural that you’ll want to make sure that teaching is right for you. There are some boxes you’ll need to tick in terms of qualifications and training, just as there are with any profession. And when you’re making a decision, it also helps if you know you have what it takes to make a great teacher – or simply what kind of teacher you would be.

You’re in the right place to find out.

"If you are considering a career in teaching I would say take some time to come into a school to see what it is really like and speak to teachers about the profession."Lynn Robertson – Home Economics Teacher at Cults Academy

So take some time to explore this section, and find out what a career in teaching could offer you. And of course, what you could bring to teaching.

Some people know from the start that the classroom is the place they want to be. Others come to teaching later in life – they’ll make the switch from another career, and never look back.

The great thing is, teaching is a welcoming profession, and there are lots of routes in and different ways to succeed. Plus it’s easy to flourish when you’re doing something you really enjoy every day.

Find out if you’ve got what it takes to become a teacher

Take our quick quiz to find out what kind of teacher you’d be.

Perhaps you’re a problem solver, a good listener, a natural leader, a planner, a sporty type, a creative person, or the one in your group of friends who gets everyone involved and keeps people smiling. Teaching attracts all kinds of different personalities.

Take our quiz.

Take the next step to becoming a teacher

Once you’ve decided that you and teaching are a perfect match, you’re ready to take the next step and find out how to become a teacher.

Everything you need to know, all in one place

You’ll find lots of helpful content here, including a clear guide towards the application process, support available when you apply, and information about the qualifications needed. You can also learn more about career paths, and different routes into teaching.

Along the way, qualified teachers share their thoughts with you, and provide insights and first hand experience on the journey to becoming a teacher.

Quick links to help you find the information you need:

Start your teaching application today

Visit UCAS to start your teaching application.

Apply through UCAS

Find out if you’ve got what it takes to become a teacher

Take our quick quiz to find out what kind of teacher you’d be.

Take the quiz