Routes into Teaching

Want to become a teacher but unsure which route is best for you? We've prepared this special guide to put you on the right track. 

At Derby you'll discover exciting courses which prepare you to teach all age ranges from early years to adults. There's a choice to suit you whether you're embarking on your first degree, you've just graduated or you're already in the education sector. 

You're on the threshold of making one of the most important decisions of your life - to teach! Train to teach at Derby and you're on your way to a worthwhile, rewarding and enjoyable career, one where you can truly make a difference. 

Teacher training at Derby:

  • With a rich heritage of teacher training dating back 165 years, we’re a major provider of newly qualified teachers in the East Midlands. We have a strong reputation for nurturing successful, confident and forward-thinking teachers.
  • Ofsted awarded us an ‘Outstanding’ rating – the highest possible accolade – for our Primary and Further Education and Skills provision.
  • Practical experience lies at the heart of all of our courses. High quality placements in different educational settings will build your skills in the classroom and you’ll benefit from the support of expert mentors throughout.
  • Our flourishing links with over 400 schools, colleges and early years employers will open doors for you and put you in touch with leading professionals. Our academic networks stretch overseas too, broadening your horizons.

What our students say


"I was attracted to the Teacher Training courses because of its outstanding reputation, including through Ofsted. Everybody has always said how fantastic the University of Derby is for teacher training. I knew I would get the richest learning experience here.”

Rebecca Swain, BEd (Hons) Primary Education


"Do it! I had the best year of my life. It was so hard, so emotional but oh so rewarding! Derby University has a brilliant reputation for its PGCE course and it was close to home so there was no doubt that I wanted to take the course at Derby.

Sarah Curtis, PGCE Primary


"I have really noticed the confidence that I’ve gained through the brilliant support of the team and staff, who are really responsive to any enquiries that I have. I’ve relished in being able to write at Masters level, which I picked up in the first term of study.

Natasha Young, PG Cert Early Years with Early Years Teacher Status (0-5)