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Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are specified separately for each programme in the relevant programme information document which you can access via the green button on the course vacancy tables. It is vital that you look in the programme document to check the specific entry requirements for the programmes you wish to apply for. The programme documents also include a section describing the sort of person we are looking for.  


For all our programmes you need to have an honours degree, but it is OK to apply in your final degree year – any offer would simply be conditional upon you getting a degree at a specific level before the course commences.

For primary programmes, the subject of the degree is less relevant than for a secondary programme.

Third class degrees are not accepted by any of our partner universities but in some cases this problem may be overcome by a higher degree for example a Masters qualification in a relevant subject area. 


Commonly there are no requirements for specific A-levels but our Primary with Maths programme requires A-Level Maths at B or above. It is always helpful to list your A Level qualifications in your application, whether or not they are specified as a strict entry requirement.


For all primary programmes you must have GCSE Maths, GCSE English Language and GCSE in a Science at C or above (or Level 5) – or the equivalent of that.  Some primary programmes specify the need for at least 5 GCSEs or equivalent. If you don't meet this requirement, please see guidance in our separate tab 'Overseas Qualifications and GCSE Equivalencies'

Those who studied abroad

Please see guidance in our separate tab 'Overseas Qualifications and GCSE Equivalencies'

School Experience?

It is important to have a realistic awareness of the demands of the profession you are seeking to join, otherwise you might start the training and pull out when you realise that the role of a teacher is not at all what you expected. 

We therefore require candidates to demonstrate a realistic understanding of the role of a teacher and an awareness of current issues facing the profession. Please note that spending a couple of days observing relevant lessons in a state primary school can very much strengthen your application and may be extremely helpful to support your interview answers but we understand this can be hard to arrange and we would not reject a candidate on their lack of observational school experience if their application was otherwise good. 

For those applying for salaried primary programmes, be aware that many teaching assistants apply with substantial experience.  We do also welcome applications from those who have not worked as a teaching assistant but having some observational experience will help. 

For anyone applying for a programme at a special needs school, experience of children with special needs would be a significant advantage.  

See our School Experience tab for top tips on how to arrange school experience.

Something specific for salaried programmes?

Until recently, there was a requirement that anyone applying for a salaried programme had to have at least 3 years full time work experience in any field.  This was because the salaried programmes were aimed specifically at career changers.  We have now removed this requirement from our salaried programmes but it is important to understand that salaried programmes represent a significant commitment from the host school to fund your training and to pay you a salary and associated benefits such as pension contributions.  For this reason, schools will take care to select candidates who they feel have a level of maturity (irrespective of age) to operate as a responsible member of school staff. 

DfE Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy

There is a national government requirement that no one can start a teacher training programme (either salaried or unsalaried) without first having passed the DfE Professional Skills tests.  You should book a place at a test centre and take these tests as soon as you can after applying and you need to have passed these ideally by April/May 2019 but certainly before the programme starts.  We strongly recommend taking them promptly. Offers are made conditional upon passing these tests.

You can take the tests as often as you like and the first three attempts will be free of charge to all candidates.  When you attend the test centre you will need to take two forms of identification - a primary ID such as a passport, and a secondary ID such as a debit card.  You also need to take proof of your UCAS teacher training application.  The evidence that will be accepted includes a welcome email from UCAS Teacher Training; correspondance from the school or university; a copy of the completed UCAS Teacher Training application form or confirmation of (or invitation to) an interview from the school or university.

See more information about the Professional Skills Tests:

The Professional Skills tests are required in addition to any separate WLTSA tests carried out by the school at interview. 

Occupational Health Care Check & Disclosure and Barring Check

These checks are carried out after an offer is made but need to be satisfactory to enable you to start the programme. 

  • On an unsalaried programmes they are administered by our partner university.                                                                      
  • On a salaried programme they are administered by the school.