Education and teaching are predicted to be a growth area of employment over the next 10 years, at primary and secondary school levels.
To work as a teacher you do need to be educated to degree level and have qualified teacher status (QTS). To work as a primary school teacher you must gain GCSE 9 – 4 (that’s A* – C in old money) in maths, English and a science as you will be expected to teach the basics of these subjects. If you want to be a teacher then you should take a look at the ‘Get into teaching’ guide published by the Department for Education.
You may want to be involved in the education and teaching of adults or a tutor in further or higher education establishments – each of these routes require different skills and qualifications. Often in further education and teaching, you can gain a teaching qualification whilst working because colleges offer a wide variety of courses which require the teaching of sector specific skills so gaining professional experience is very important. Working in higher education as a lecturer obviously requires a higher level of education and often you will need to gain a master’s degree or even a PhD. But if you love learning and want to work in education and teaching, then go for it!
Non-teaching jobs in education
There are lots of other job roles with education aside from teaching of course – from classroom support assistants, to specialist support workers for learners with additional learning needs and you can find out about these roles in our articles below.
Teaching or classroom support assistants play an important role in education. They support the teacher with planning lessons to meet individual pupil needs and they support pupils with their learning. There are lots if routes into this job – you can study for an early years qualification full time or you could do an apprenticeship. As with all educational roles though, you will need to have an enhanced criminal records check (CRB) in order to work with children and vulnerable people.