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How do I become a teacher without a degree? – PTTLS

How do I become a teacher without a degree?

There are many ways to become a teacher in the UK.

The first way is the most traditional route. It involves completing seven years of secondary education before applying to university to complete a Degree in Education (a B.Ed) or a a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) with Qualified Teacher Status.

A second way is by studying for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) but, as the name indicates, the only people who qualify are graduates with a degree already.

Those routes are excellent ways to qualify as a teacher.

But they don’t answer the question of how you can become a teacher without a degree.

There may be any number of reasons why studying for a degree isn’t right for you – and the really good news is that becoming a qualified teacher without going to university or college can be done.

Can I get funding for teacher-trainer courses?

This is an important question to answer before we look at becoming a teacher without a degree and why you might want to do that.

Many potential teachers are put off the profession by training costs, and that really shouldn’t be the case – especially as teaching can be a well paid job once your initial training is complete.

The good news is yes, funding for teacher-trainer courses is available.

The government’s Adult Education Budget (AEB) was created specifically to help people pay for a wide range of qualifications and get on in life.

The even better news is that last year, the AEB was underspent by £63 million but that this year there is another £1.5 billion available to be used for professional training.

The funds can be used for anyone aged 19-23 to get a level 2 or 3 qualification if they don’t already have one, and can be used to fund learners aged over 24 to get their first level 2 or 3 qualification.

So if finances are a major hurdle, the best news of all is that they don’t have to be.

Three good reasons for becoming a teacher without a degree


1. You just don’t want to wait. If you’ve spent your whole life since leaving school in a job you don’t particularly enjoy and you’ve finally decided to bite the bullet and go for teaching, then the prospect of going to university or college for three or four years might not seem the most enticing one. You want to get out there now – and who can can blame you?


2. You’re just not the academic type. Firstly, that’s absolutely nothing to be ashamed of – some of us are more do-ers than study-ers. You might want to teach PE, or art, or music, or any number of subjects which you’re either good at or you’re not. No amount of teaching can train someone to paint like Banksy or play football like Harry Kane.


3. You need to train at the same time as doing your job. Funding is available for training to be a teacher, but contributions may be required if you’re in your 30s or 40s or you’ve already got any qualifications to your name. Training to be a teacher can be done while holding down a job – as long as you’re not afraid of a bit of hard work.


So can I become a teacher without a degree? And is there funding available?

Yes you can. And yes there is.

Can I learn how to teach online? What’s this Petals course I’ve heard about?

Petals is the more commonly used name for Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector – or the Level 3 Education and Training Award as it is now known.

Created as the simplest way to train adults to teach other adults, Petals/PTLLS/L3 Education and Training can also be used as a springboard into teaching in schools.

Many students stick with teaching grown-ups – working in a college or university is  a completely difference experience and environment to working in a school – but others move on to take Level 4 and Level 5 courses, gain QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills) status and go on to teach in schools.

If you are holding down a job or don’t live anywhere near our base in Merseyside, the online course might be right up your street.

We put on pre-arranged classes via Zoom which you’re free to dip into, while we also provide full tutor support over the phone or by email.

Click here to find out more about the distance learning option.

Should you live close enough to our centre in Kirkby, Liverpool, and you’d rather study face-to-face than online, we also offer an intensive course in our training centre in Kirkby.

The course comprises four days of intensive instruction from a specialist Authentic Training tutor before it’s your turn to completing a micro-teach. Micro-teaching is an activity where you prepare and deliver a short teaching and learning session to your peers before having the session evaluated.

Your coursework can be completed at your leisure.

With enough pre-course preparation, you can complete the whole course and be ready to teach in just one month.

Click here to find out more about the five-day course.

If you’ve got more questions, we’re here to help.

We’d love to talk to you about the Level 3 Award in Education and Training course.

To give us a call and speak to one of our expert trainers, ring 0151 546 5151 and ask for John or Kris.

Alternatively, send us an email at and we’ll get back in touch as soon as we can.


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