Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

  • You will need to hold a UK Hons undergraduate degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification.
  • You will need to have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths.
  • To train on our Primary route, you will also need a grade C or above in GCSE Science.
  • f you studied outside the UK, check the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree. This can take some time, so we would advise you to start the process before you submit your application.

Additional Requirements

  • You will need to have passed the Professional Skills Tests. Practice tests are available on the Get Into Teaching website.
  • You will need a strong understanding of the subject you want to teach before you start training. Your degree should be at least 50% of your chosen subject area.
  • If your degree subject doesn’t link closely to your chosen teaching subject, we would advise you to take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course before starting teacher training. You can only do these in England and only in certain subjects.

 

Further Requirements

 

Classroom Experience

We expect trainees to have at least two weeks’ classroom experience before beginning their teacher training.

  • If you do not have any classroom experience, try to spend some time observing and helping out with lessons in a local school before you apply. You can then use this experience in your personal statement, showing what you have gained from it and how it has increased your motivation to be a teacher.

Declaration of Criminal Convictions

If you have a criminal record, it won’t necessarily prevent you becoming a teacher.

  • You will need to disclose any criminal convictions, cautions or bind-overs, and you will need to agree to an enhanced criminal record check. We also advise you to discuss your circumstances with training providers before you apply.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in England and Wales

This is the Government scheme that replaced the Criminal Records Bureau.

  • This enables training providers to identify people who are barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.