How to become a Maths teacher: Dina's story

Meet Dina, 24, from Northampton. Find out about her life as a Maths teacher. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

Being a young teacher means children relate to me more and I can to them!

  • Dina studied Maths at GCSE and A-level and enjoyed the logical nature of it. It was a natural step for her to study it at degree level at university
  • She thought she would work in accounting or actuarial science but soon realised that a nine-to-five career in an office didn't suit her
  • She chose to do teaching training instead (a PGCE, which is a post-graduate course) and has never regretted her decision! She loves interacting with her students and, although it can be stressful, she finds it very rewarding.

What to expect if you want to become a secondary school teacher

  • Secondary school teacher average salary: £25,714 to £41,604 per year
  • Secondary school teacher typical working hours: 37 to 45 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a secondary school teacher?

  • Typical entry requirements:
    • Undergraduate degree: You could get into this role by doing an undergraduate degree that leads to qualified teacher status (QTS), such as a Bachelor of Education (BEd). You'll usually need GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including Maths, English and Science and two to three A-levels or equivalent for a degree
    • Postgraduate study/training: If you have a degree in a curriculum subject without QTS, you can qualify as a teacher by completing a postgraduate teacher training course at university or on a school-based training programme
    • Apprenticeship: You can also get into this career through a teacher higher apprenticeship, if you have a relevant degree and want to teach in a secondary school. You'll usually need GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including Maths, English and Science, and a degree in a relevant subject
    • Work: You could also work towards this career by starting as a teaching assistant and doing a part-time degree. You could then move onto a postgraduate teaching course to get qualified teacher status.

This information is a guide and is constantly changing. Please check the National Careers Service website for the latest information and all the qualifications needed. (Sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service).

Learn more about routes into teaching on the Get Into Teaching website.

For careers advice in all parts of the UK visit: National Careers service (England), nidirect (Northern Ireland), My World of Work (Scotland) and Careers Wales (Wales).

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