How to become a teacher

Choose a programme

Choose your programme

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is achieved through our School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) and School Direct programmes with Red Kite.

The University of Leeds will award you with your Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

You can train to teach:

  • in either Primary or Secondary education
  • choosing SCITT provider led or School Direct courses
  • in any subject offered by our partner, Red Kite Teacher Training
  • to develop your knowledge of teaching and learning theory
  • to work towards 60 Masters credits that can be transferred into a range of professional development Masters courses.

Train for primary teaching - ages 3 to 11 

Your teaching career will be determined by the qualifications you currently hold. At primary level, you can teach with a degree in any subject, as long as you meet the standard entry requirements.

Red Kite Teacher Training offer four primary courses. Successful completion of each course leads QTS allowing you to teach across the full primary age phase. During training you can choose to specialise in the following age groups:

  • 3-7 age group
  • 7 – 11 age group
  • 5- 11 age group
  • 5 – 11 group with Maths specialism.

As a Primary school teacher you get to influence the early stages of a child’s learning. Working with a class for a whole year allows you to see the children’s personalities and academic abilities develop. Teaching all the national curriculum subjects is a challenge but does allow you to be creative in designing lessons that engage and motivate children.

Graham Chambers, Senior Lecturer, School of Education

Find out more about entry requirements for training for primary teaching at Red Kite.

Train for secondary teaching - ages 11 to 16 

To teach at secondary level, you need to have gained knowledge of the subject that you wish to teach. This will be demonstrated through your degree and school qualification background. It is also a good idea to look at the national curriculum prior to application.

Red Kite Teacher Training provides teacher training courses for secondary education in Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages (French and Spanish), Physics, Physical Education and Religious Education.

Teaching in a Secondary School is a stimulating intellectual challenge. You develop your own subject knowledge as you begin to think about topics from a learner’s point of view – what they might grasp easily and what they might find more difficult. All young people deserve to succeed in their education. As a Secondary Teacher, you are a role model to young people as they find their place in the world, and you play a role in influencing a fair and equal society.

Indira Banner, Lecturer in Science Education, School of Education

Detailed entry requirements for training for secondary teaching are available at Red Kite.