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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 courses you wish to apply for. The programme documents also include a section describing the sort of person we are looking for.  


For all our courses 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.

Some courses will require a degree in exactly the same subject as the course but on others there is some flexibility but then having an A-Level in the subject will help.  

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

Note: if you did your degree some time ago, or the subject of your degree is not the same as the subject of the course, your subject knowledge may need enhancement. Subject knowledge is assessed at interview and if appropriate an offer may be made subject to you completing a specified free Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course to be completed before the teacher training programme starts.  These vary in length (commonly 8 weeks, sometimes 16 weeks), and some are online and others face to face.  SKEs are not available in all subjects but anyone thinking that they might need one is advised to apply early in the (academic) recruitment year.


Commonly there are no requirements for specific A-levels but these are of greater significance where your degree is not an exact match for the course subject. Fpr example if you have an engineering degree and you wish to apply for maths teacher training, you would need at least a B at maths A-level.  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 secondary programmes you must have GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language at C or above (or Grade 5) – or the equivalent of that.  Some secondary programmes specify the need for at least 5 GCSEs or equivalent. If you don't meet this requirement, see further guidance in our tab 'Overseas Qualifications and Equivalency Tests'

Those who studied abroad

See further guidance in our tab 'Overseas Qualifications and Equivalency Tests'

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 secondary 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 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. 

Proficiency in Written English and Numeracy

In previous years no one could start a teacher training programme (either salaried or unsalaried) without first having passed the 'DfE Professional Skills tests' in literacy and numeracy.  These have just (July 2019) been abolished for those starting teacher training courses in Sept 2020.  They are being replaced with tests in written English and numeracy set by accrediting bodies (in our case this means our partner universities), following a set of standards provided by DfE.  The universities are currently developing arrangements for these tests and more information will be available on our website once arrangements have been resolved. Offers are made conditional upon passing these tests. 

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.