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What is the quickest way to become a Secondary School Teacher in the UK? / Salary 2024

What is the quickest way to become a Secondary School Teacher in the UK? / Salary 2024

Qualification to teach in SHS in Ghana

In England and Wales, you need a good first degree in the subject you plan to teach, plus a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education),  which takes another year. Then once you’ve managed to get a job offer at a suitable school, you spend another year as effectively a teacher in training, with a reduced teaching load and under fairly close observation, before you can be fully qualified.

If you want to become a teacher in the UK, here are the simplified steps: QTS or iQTS 2023

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What qualifications do I need to become a secondary school teacher in the UK?

Secondary school teacher

Alternative titles for this job include High school teacher, sixth form teacher

Secondary school teachers teach children from 11 to 16, or up to 19 in schools with sixth forms.
Average salary (a year)


£28,000 Starter to

£43,685 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 45 term time
You could work evenings attending events or appointments

Explore the different ways to get into this role.

You can get into this job through:

a university course
an apprenticeship


You can do an undergraduate degree that leads to qualified teacher status (QTS), for example:

Bachelor of Education (BEd)
Bachelor of Arts (BA) with QTS
Bachelor of Science (BSc) with QTS

Postgraduate certificate

If you already have a bachelor’s degree without qualified teacher status, you can complete a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). This can be done at university or through a training programme based in a school.

You do not always need to have a degree in the subject you’d like to teach. Your teacher training organisation will decide whether you have the required skills and knowledge to teach the subject.

You can sometimes do a subject knowledge enhancement course to improve your understanding of the subject you want to teach.

More teacher training options

There are more training options if you want to change career or specialise in teaching certain subjects.
Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

4 or 5 GCSEs in grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths
2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course



You could do the Teacher Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship.
Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

GCSEs in grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths, a degree for a teaching apprenticeship


You could start as a teaching assistant or learning mentor and do a part-time degree. You could then move on to a postgraduate teaching course to qualify as a teacher.

You might find it helpful to get some experience of working with young people.

You could volunteer at a school, do youth work or work on a holiday scheme.

You’ll usually need qualified teacher status (QTS) to teach in a state school in England


You’ll need:

knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses

patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations

the ability to create the best conditions for learning or teaching new things

leadership skills

to be flexible and open to change

excellent verbal communication skills

maths knowledge

administration skills

to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You’ll need to:

pass enhanced background checks

Discover the day-to-day tasks you’ll do in this role.

Day-to-day tasks

In this role, you could:

prepare teaching materials, set up the classroom and organise displays

plan and teach lessons and work with small groups of students

mark work and talk to parents and carers about their children’s progress

manage the work of teaching assistants

follow safeguarding procedures and work with career advisers, counsellors, education

psychologists and social workers

organise trips, after-school clubs or exam revision classes

work and attend meetings and training outside of usual working hours

Working environment

You could work at a school, at a college, at a pupil referral unit or a special needs school.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

Look at the progression in this role and similar opportunities.

With experience, you could:

become a special educational needs teacher, further education teacher or move into pastoral care

become a specialist leader of education and support teachers in other schools

move up to be a curriculum leader, head of year, deputy head or headteacher

work for an exam board, or local education authority or work in a gallery or museum as an education officer

work freelance as a private tutor


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Peter N. Djangmah is a multifaceted individual with a passion for education, entrepreneurship, and blogging. With a firm belief in the power of digital education and science, I am affectionately known as the Private Minister of Information. Connect with me
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