Teach Food

So you would like to Teach Food, fantastic! Welcome on board.

To be a secondary school food teacher you must be passionate about food and enjoy working with young adults. 

You will train to be a teacher in design and technology, as this national curriculum subject includes teaching food and nutrition.  

There are four different qualifications which enable you to teach.  

  • Postgraduate or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) allows you  to teach abroad and in Scotland 
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)
  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) allows you to teach in England 
  • Teaching Qualification (TQ)

You can gain these qualifications in a number of different ways: 


  • School – Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programmes are run across the country with different providers and are school based. Most of your training time will be in school working in the classroom, with training days run by the programme provider. 
  • University led programmes which are run from Universities across the country, and provide experience in 2 schools for 24 weeks over the year of training.  This link will allow you to search for universitiy teacher training programmes. 
  • Teach First Leadership Development Plan, often referred to as ‘Teach First’  this programme is an intensive, 5 week training programme which happens over the summer, which prepares you for immediate work in a school.  You do need a 2.1 degree to qualify for this route. Click here for more information.
  • Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships this programme offers a combination of classroom teaching, practical learning and a salary.  The final assessment is at the end of the training year in term 4.  


To qualify to teach, you will need the following or equivalents:

• a degree or the equivalent such as graduate certificate, graduate diploma, level 6 award, level 6 certificate, level 6 diploma, level 6 NVQ

• grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths GCSE’s

If your qualifications are from outside the UK, You may be asked to formally recognise any overseas qualifications through UK NARIC.  

Before you start a teacher training course you will also need to:

• pass numeracy and literacy professional skills tests. If you start your training before April  2020. After  that date you will need to provide evidence to your provider that you have the fundamental skills in English and maths that are needed to be a teacher.

• confirm you have the health and physical capacity to start training 

Each training provider is responsible for its own recruitment and admissions policy.  


There are three types of funding available – depending on your circumstances, you could receive all three:

  • Tax-free bursary or scholarship (£15,000) 
  • Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan
  • Extra financial support if you’re a parent, have an adult dependant or a disability.

OR  You can receive an unqualified teacher’s salary. Where a school pays for your training and in return you have a teaching commitment.  

This website provides detailed information about how to train to be a teacher, where to train, on what course, and how to fund the training.

Face to face recruitment events are advertised on this website and take place across the country throughout the year. These events allow you to meet with providers. The website also offers bespoke advice.  

The Now Teach Department for Education supported web site, will help you find teacher training providers. 

So what are the benefits of being a teacher?

  • a busy and varied day to day work schedule, no 2 days are the same
  • a competitive salary 
  • a generous pension scheme 
  • career development opportunities
  • 13 weeks holiday a year 

This link takes you to a teacher training blog which can help you see what a great profession teaching is.

Over to you now to research and decide: what route to choose, what organisation to study with and how to fund your training.  

Good Luck.