Entry Criteria


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

A first degree comprises 300 HE credits of which 60 must be at the level of the QCF. Applicants with a Foundation Degree will need to supplement this qualification with at least 60 credits at level 6 (HE level 3) in order to attain an equivalent single qualification.

A degree in the subject that you wish to teach, or a closely related subject is preferred. However, we will also consider candidates with a good degree in an unrelated subject, provided that they have a solid A level (or equivalent) in the chosen subject. These candidates will then be supported to strengthen their subject knowledge prior to the start of initial teacher training, by means of a DfE funded ‘Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course’.  The length of SKE varies depending on the need of the individual, from eight-week ‘refresher’ or ‘booster’ programmes through to more extensive 28-week courses. For further details see: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/teacher-training-routes/subject-knowledge-enhancement-ske-courses

GCSE Examinations

For all programmes a GCSE, or comparable qualification, at Grade C/Level 4 is required in both English Language and Mathematics. Equivalency of overseas qualifications must be verified through NARIC.

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. 

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 will be required to have taken and passed these tests by Monday 8th July 2019. Information on the skills tests can be found at: getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/how-to-apply/passing-the-skills-tests