Do you like the idea of helping children learn and improve and helping them to fulfill their potential?
Like explaining information about a subject of topic you know well?
Maybe a career in education is just what you need.
- There is a fairly constant demand for graduates in teaching and there is a shortage of teachers in certain subject areas, such as science and mathematics.
- Many people start work in other sectors gaining in depth industry experience and then move in to education and training, to help develop the next generation.
- In 2017 around 246,000 people worked in the education and training sector across the South West and 489,000 worked in the South East, which includes Oxford, Thames Valley and Solent. (Source: NOMIS)
Routes into this sector
There are various types of qualifications available at different levels.
- GCSEs in English, maths and science will help get you into this sector. All other GCSE subjects will be useful too, especially of you want to teach one of them.
- At 16 you could do A Levels, which are general academic subjects or develop your knowledge and skills for this sector through an apprenticeship/traineeship or through a vocational qualification.
- At 18 or 19 you could do a higher education/degree level course, with 8 out of 10 A Level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC National students. However there are also other routes into your chosen career - through apprenticeships and vocational qualifications.
There are non-teaching jobs in this sector which require few qualifications where you will receive training on the job through an apprenticeship or vocational course at a college, but to be a teacher you usually have to do a degree (but there is a new teacher apprenticeship available if you already have a degree)
Use the Course Search
Use the relevant search options on our Course Search to find college and university courses as well as vacancies for apprenticeships.
More help finding courses and training
- To find out more about the qualifications needed in this sector visit Get Into Teaching
- To find out what A Levels you need to study to become a teacher
- To find out whether there is an apprenticeship training course related to education that might suit you.
- To search for an apprenticeship vacancy available now related to education, across England.(you need a vacancy to be able to apply)
- To find apprenticeship vacancies near you. There are other ways to look for an apprenticeship too.
- To find a vocational course related to education at a college (also check the college's website to get the latest list of courses)
- To find an university level course related to education.
Do a free, short, online courses to find out more (looks great on your CV too!)
Future Learn have lots of free, short, online courses that will improve your knowledge of this job sector and improve your chances of landing your dream job. See what education related courses are on offer.