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Routes into Teaching

There are a number of different Initial Teacher Training (ITT) routes to becoming a qualified Teacher and gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) that are available in Hampshire. There are a number of Universities in and around Hampshire that offer these courses.


If you haven't yet completed a degree and want to train as a teacher whilst doing so, these courses will allow you to gain QTS.


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

If you have a degree in any subject, you can obtain QTS through the PGCE route.

  • School Direct Training Programme

This route is open to all graduates and involves a school working with an ITT provider to deliver teacher training to award QTS, potentially with a PGCE, depending on the course.


  • School Direct Training Programme (salaried)

This route effectively replaces the Graduate Teacher Programme from September 2013 and provides a way of gaining QTS whilst working. Certain criteria apply. See our SDTP pages for more information.

  • Overseas Trained Teacher Programme (OTTP)

Those teachers who have trained outside of the UK but wish to teach in the UK should undertake the OTTP. Both Reading and Southampton run this course. Find out more about this route.

For more information about financial support see the Student Support pages.

For more general information about initial teacher training, including more about these courses, please visit:


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