Working and Teaching in the United Kingdom

Qualification Requirements for Working and Teaching in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand

K-12 International, Local Government and IB Curriculum Schools:

  • 4 year general BA university degree with PGCE or HDE Diploma
  • B.Education Degree in Field of Specialization
  • Generally 2 years post-graduate experience required

University ESL/Vocational Lecturers

  • 4 year general BA university degree with TEFL/TESOL/DELTA
  • Masters degrees preferred
  • Generally 3 years post-graduate adult teaching experience at university level preferred

Other Professions

  • 4 year general BA university degree in field of specialization
  • Trade qualifications as per international standards

Salary and Benefits packages

  • Competitive market-related salary commensurate with the industry, qualifications/ years of experience
  • Flights to the UK, Australia and New Zealand generally have to be paid for by the applicant and the costs associated with obtaining work visas and permits are also considerable. Document attestations etc. are also the responsibility of the applicant
  • Furnished accommodation | accommodation allowance as set out in the employee contract
  • Medical Aid as per the specific countries labour laws.
  • Legal work visa or Leave to Remain as per each country’s immigration laws

NB:  Immigration rules and regulations qualifying foreign expats to work or teach in the UK, Australia and New Zealand pertaining to different professions vary from country to country and is also subject to immigration quota systems. The minimum qualifications and experience required as well as the other qualifying criteria set for each role and country will be specified in job adverts at the time of advertising.


Working and teaching in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, simply called the United Kingdom or UK, is a sovereign state in Northern Europe. It is a constitutional monarchy that is made up of four separate countries.

Around 65.5 million people live in the UK. They can be divided into four big nationalities based on the countries where they live. These countries, and the names of the people and language spoken there, are as follows:

  • England is the biggest country, and the one where most people in the UK live. People who live in England are called English. Their native language is called English, which is spoken by almost everyone in the UK and has become a global lingua franca. A few people in the southwest part of England can speak Cornish, a Celtic language.
  • Scotland, to the north of England, is the second biggest country. People who live here are called Scottish, and some speak languages called Scottish Gaelic, a Celtic language, or Scots, which is a lot like English but is different from it.
  • Wales is to the west of England. Its people are called Welsh and have their own Celtic language which is also called Welsh. Not everyone in Wales can speak Welsh, but almost everyone can speak English.
  • Northern Ireland is on the island of Ireland, which is west of Great Britain where the other three countries are on. Some Irish people live here and speak Irish, another Celtic language, or Ulster Scots, a dialect of the language spoken in Scotland.

    The UK has many cities. England is home to London, the biggest city in the UK and also its capital city. There are also many other big cities in England including Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Bristol and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Scotland has the big cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Cardiff and Swansea are in Wales and Belfast is in Northern Ireland. The UK had a dominating empire named the British Empire. At its height in 1922, more than 458 million people lived in the British Empire, one-fifth of the Earth’s population. Its area was 13,012,000 sq mi, almost a quarter of the Earth’s land area. The British Empire was often called ‘the empire on which the sun never sets’, that describes a large empire, because the sun is always shining on at least one of its territories.

Quick Facts:
Capital City: London
Government: Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
Monarch: Elizabeth II
Prime Minister: Theresa May
Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP)
Official language: English
International Dialling code: +44