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Connor Thompson, a current PGCE student and recent BSc Exercise and Sports Science graduate, talks about how the skills and experience he devolved through the Learning for Teaching module helped to shape his current career path. Click here to read more.

Aspirational Educators

Working in the Education & Teaching sector

There are several different routes into the teaching sector, and you will need to research these to find out which is the best route for you. However you choose to train to be a teacher, you will need to demonstrate a commitment to teaching and have a range of class-room based experiences to reflect on in your applications.

MyCareerZone Digital has a great range of resources for aspiring teachers: find them here

There are a number of opportunities to gain teaching/education based experience available to you on campus, listed below.

Complete the SSIS Teaching Module

This is a module which is open to all undergraduates and masters students and provides you will school experience and training in a credit bearing module. 

Are you a PhD researcher or doctoral graduate who wants to help a young person realise their academic potential? Then join us as a Brilliant Club Tutor!

The Brilliant Club's Researcher Development Programme offers PhD and Early Career Researchers a meaningful, professionally developmental, paid tutoring opportunity. Training with The Brilliant Club and working as a Scholars Programme tutor enables researchers to communicate their research to a non-specialist audience, gain valuable teaching and public engagement experience and deepen their knowledge of the UK education system.  

Tutors working with us will:

  • Support local pupils from underrepresented backgrounds to access university  
  • Get expert training and real experience to develop their teaching and other transferable skills  
  • Earn £500 per placement, plus an additional £100 for designing a new course, and travel expenses  
  • Disseminate their research to small groups of school pupils 
  • Join a nationwide community of like-minded researchers making a huge impact on university access  

Tutors will be supported to complete a series of training modules before beginning work with us, and further continuous professional development for each subsequent placement. 

Mentoring school aged students through the CoachBright scheme can not only help you develop your educational skills but provide crucial support to others.

This scheme is a perfect way to dip your toe into the world of teaching and gain experience (from 1-10 days) in a Key Stage 2 classroom.  Our Enrichment courses are practical and hands-on, ranging from English and Science to Art and Computing and everything else in between! The programme is open to all disciplines and year groups. We run placements three times a year (November, March and June) and all courses are based on the St Luke’s campus. Find out more about our offering.

Our Summer programme will run for two weeks.  If you are interested in becoming a Primary Enrichment Outreach Ambassador please email: You can commit to as little or as much as you wish.

Get involved with the running of an after school club via your student union in Exeter or Penryn