Employment Sectors

Teaching (including TEFL)

The teaching and education sector is the third largest employer in the UK. A large number of Exeter graduates train to teach in UK schools and also many choose to teach English as foreign language. There are a number of ways to train to be a teacher. Many opt for the one year PGCE course (See the Exeter PGCE programme). Teach First is also becoming increasingly popular.

There have been major changes in education over the past few years and this looks likely to continue. On the 1st of April 2013 the Teaching Agency and the National College for School Leadership merged to become the National College for Teaching and Leadership. Information on "Get Into Teaching" can be found on the Department for Education website. 

One of the biggest changes has been in the application process. UCAS deals with PGCE, SCITT and School Direct applications. You apply to Teach First opportunities online but not on the UCAS website. 

Requirements from providers vary but you will usually need a minimum of two weeks work experience, often before you apply. Apply early this year for your chosen route, particularly if it is in a popular area. The university offers an accredited teaching experience programme on the Exeter Campuses, details are below. 

The Graduate School of Education has an excellent reputation and was rated as outstanding in a recent OFSTED report. 

Getting Work Experience

The university has a number of schemes to help you decide if teaching is the right career for you and to provide work experience opportunities.  Details are available on the Aspirational Educators Pages.

Courses and Information Sources

Teaching Jobs

Applications for posts in schools can begin as early as December in your training year, so make sure you don't miss the boat. Although there is a shortage of teachers in some subject areas this does not apply across the board and competition for some jobs, particularly in the southwest, can be intense. All LEAs must advertise their teaching jobs on their websites and you will find a list of links below. Apart from this, the best sources are the Times Educational Supplement, The Independent and The Times, although for teaching in some areas such as the south east, an agency can be really useful.

Places where you can find job vacancies

National newspapers carrying job adverts for this area include The Guardian (Tuesdays), The Times (Wednesdays) and Independent (Thursdays)

Professional Bodies


Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Teaching English abroad is one of the easiest ways to get your first overseas job after graduation and is a popular choice for graduates of most schools at Exeter. A TEFL training course generally lasts for 4-5 weeks and the cost is around £1000, but this can be a good investment for teaching in good language schools in many parts of the world. If you want to teach in Japan then check out the JET scheme (below) - each year up to 20 Exeter graduates take part in this (well paid!) experience.  

Job and information Sources

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