education jobs you can get without a degree.

While some roles require a formal educational degree, there are many jobs in education that you can get without a degree, these include:

  • Nursery assistant
  • Nursery nurse
  • Teaching assistant
  • Cover supervisor/lunchtime supervisor
  • School administrator/receptionist
  • Finance assistant
  • Attendance officer
  • Office manager
  • Invigilator 
  • Technician - ICT, Art, PPE
  • Education support worker
  • Sports coach
  • Librarian 
  • Caretaker

roles within education.

If you’re looking to get into the industry, but don’t have qualifications, then you don’t need to worry - there are plenty of roles available to you. All you’ll need is a DBS on the update service, and a passion for inspiring pupils to achieve their goals.

Plus, if you’d love to build your career and become a teacher one day, then gaining that all-important experience of working in a school environment could be key to your success. So, to help you decide if a role in the classroom is for you, we’ve taken a deep dive into the following three roles:

First up...

teaching assistant.

Working as a teaching assistant is probably one of the most common routes into the classroom, and can be a very rewarding job. Also known as a classroom assistant, you’ll be working very closely with the classroom teacher to offer support to pupils. You can work as a TA on a part-time and full-time basis, making it an ideal job choice to fit around your current schedule.

When it comes to applying for a TA role, formal qualifications are not usually needed. However, previous practical experience, such as volunteering at a local youth club or nursery, can make your application stand out. Most importantly, you need to be patient, dedicated and supportive to all pupils.

Salary wise, a full-time teaching assistant will typically earn between £13,000 - £18,000 per year, for hours usually around 8.30am – 4pm. Many TAs use the experience to go on to train to be a qualified teacher due to the clear progression path on offer.

Is this the job for you? Take a look at what real-life TA Alex has to say about the role and its many rewards:

cover supervisor.

As a cover supervisor, you would be covering pre-planned lessons when regular teaching staff are on short-term absence. Your main responsibility would be to manage the classroom, ensuring that pupils remain on task with any work they have been set: you would need to be confident, adaptable, and able to keep cool under pressure.

You don’t need any formal qualifications to be fantastic in this role, but if you’ve already had experience in care work, youth work, or student support worker, then you’ll definitely have the skills needed. You can expect to earn up to £350 per week as a cover supervisor, and gain experience working in a variety of schools and with a range of pupils, setting you up perfectly for training as a teacher in the future.

Sounds like you? You’re in luck, as cover supervisors are in high demand all over the UK. And, at Randstad, we have fully accredited training on offer, which once completed, will mean that you’re ready to go into secondary schools and cover lessons. Click here to find out more.

school administrator.

When working as a school administrator, you would be responsible for overseeing all admin duties at the school, across all the year groups in the school. You’ll need to keep all school programmes running smoothly, and be able to react quickly to change. 

The specific nature of what you’ll be doing will depend on the type of school (eg primary, secondary, SEN) and the size of the admin team. The varied nature of a school’s activities means that you could end up volunteering as the back end of a pantomime horse, baking 300 cupcakes, or jetting off to a conference. These added extras may not be in your job description and are certainly not obligatory, but they can all enrich the working day!

You don’t need any formal qualifications to succeed in this job, but your application will stand out if you do have any previous experience working in admin. Unlike other education jobs, you may be expected to work across the whole year, not just in term time. You can expect to earn from £16,000-£18,000 per year for a term time only contract, and £20,000 - £22,000 for a 52 week salary, whilst learning valuable leadership skills.

Can you picture yourself in one of these roles? If so, reach out to our team of recruitment experts today on 0845 600 1234, or click below to search our jobs.