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Routes into teaching

The numbers of pupils studying geography at GCSE and A Level is at its highest for many years. As a result, there is even more demand from schools for newly qualified and passionate geography teachers.

If you are interested in becoming a teacher, we encourage you to register with Get Into Teaching, which outlines the different routes, support and funding that are available. You should also gain some experience of working with young people in a school setting, such as volunteering with a local school.

The Society’s online resources, training and support for fieldwork will also complement your teacher training and your subsequent career, regardless of the route you choose.

The routes include:

Teacher training routes led by a school or university for which bursaries are available of £25,000 (for September 2023 intake)

  • School led routes: There are school-led training options for graduates. Find out more.

  • University led routes: Universities and colleges offer teacher training courses for both graduates and undergraduates. Find out more.

Salaried routes

Trainees on the salaried programme are recruited and employed directly by schools. Find out more.

Teach First

If you are a graduate with a 2:1 or higher you could earn a salary while you train. Find out more.

Return to Teaching

Those who are considering returning to teaching, or were qualified to teach but have never taught in a school. Find out more.

Troops to teachers

As an Armed Services leaver, you can bring invaluable skills and experiences to the classroom. Find out more.

Assessment Only

If you’re an experienced teacher with a degree, you can achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) without having to do any further training. Find out more.