Entry Criteria


A first or second class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard form a recognised Higher Education Institution is normally required. The equivalence of all overseas degrees will be verified through NARIC.

The subject content should normally have been at least 50% of the subject you wish to teach. Applicants who are judged not to have sufficient subject knowledge in the relevant area may be required to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course. The length of SKE varies depending on the need of the individual, from eight-week ‘refresher’ or ‘booster’ programmes through to more extensive 36-week courses. For further details see: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/teacher-training-routes/subject-knowledge-enhancement-ske-courses

Applicants whose qualifications do not meet the requirements outlined above, may be admitted if they can demonstrate appropriate academic background and experience in the relevant field, please contact us for advice.

GCSE Examinations

For all programmes a GCSE, or comparable qualification, at Grade C is required in both English Language and Mathematics.

School Experience

All students joining the National Maths and Physics SCITT should have some relevant recent experience within a school setting or have arrangements for that experience in place. The personal statement should include details of when and where the experience has been, or will be, undertaken.

Medical fitness (Occupational Health) and DBS Clearance

As part of any conditional offer, all applicants will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks. These checks are required to ensure you meet the Department for Education’s requirements for physical and mental health to teach, as well as assessing your suitability for access to children and vulnerable adults.

If you have lived overseas in the last 5 years you may be subject to additional checks.

English Language proficiency requirements

Applicants must demonstrate an excellent command of both written and spoken English. Please refer to the list of approved language qualifications that we will accept as evidence under Apply.

Skills Test

For all programmes applicants must successfully complete professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before they can enrol on a programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Applicants are given three opportunities to pass the tests but if they fail three times they are required to wait 24 months before retaking. Applicants will be required to have taken and passed these tests by Monday 9th July 2018. Information on the skills tests can be found at: getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/how-to-apply/passing-the-skills-tests

Visa Requirements