There are several things that you can do to best prepare yourself for training to become a teacher.
It may seem obvious, but it is important that you decide which age group you want to teach before you apply. If you are undecided between age groups (see below) then doing some voluntary work or going on a taster course will help you. Areas could include:
View our Preparing for Initial Teacher Training Application and Interviews advice document.
In most cases we ask for two references in a teacher training application. Ensure that at least one of your references is someone in the education field, for example a head teacher or head of department in a school/college. The second reference should be from an employer. Find out more about referneces and referees.
Our teacher training courses are generally very popular and competition for places is high. Therefore you need to make your application stand out from the crowd.
Look carefully at any entry criteria given for the course you wish to apply for.
Your application form is your opportunity to prove to us that you are ideal teacher material. Attributes that could help you stand out are:
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