There are four different ways overseas teachers can work towards becoming a recognised UK teacher – training to teach in England is one of them.
Training to teach in England is similar to coming to the UK as an International student to study for a postgraduate course. According to the Train to teach in England guide published by the Department of Education (DofE), to apply for a teacher’s training course, you will need:
- A university degree (UK or non-UK)
- English and mathematics that is England’s equivalent to grade 4 GCSE (WAEC is equivalent for Nigerians)
- A physics, chemistry or biology (science) qualification that is England’s equivalent to grade 4 GCSE if teaching primary school children aged 3 to 11
The DofE also emphasis needing to:
- have the health and physical capacity to train to teach
- undergo safeguarding and criminal record checks carried out by your training provider or employer
Where no GCSE qualification is obtainable, it may be possible to sit for one. For further help and advice, click on this link to take you to Government website for NARIC contacts. NARIC now known as UK’s ENIC is the European Network of Information Centres where grades and qualifications from different countries can be compared.
International student fee (for students) is expected to start from £12,000, so it may be a wise to seek advice from a trained adviser offered by DofE.
If you do not have a university degree, you can train to teach through an undergraduate 3 to 4 year program.
DofE: Train to teach in England if you’re a non-UK citizen
DofE: Get an Adviser
Get into Teaching: Train to teach in England as an international student
DofE: A fairer approach to awarding QTS to overseas teachers