Qualification Requirements

What’s required to make an application?

Essential requirements for Initial Teacher Training fall into two categories;

  • Academic requirements
  • Non-academic requirements 


Academic Requirements


You will have to meet the following requirements before being accepted into teacher training:

1 – You will need to have a first degree with honours awarded by a UK higher education provider.  Ideally we are looking for 2.1 equivalent or above.  We don’t rule out lower class degrees. 

2 – You need a minimum of a standard equivalent to grade C (4) or above in the GCSE English and Mathematics for secondary and a grade C (4) or above in Science for primary.  

If you have studied outside of the UK, check National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) website to find out if your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.


Further Requirements

  • Professional Skills Tests. One of the main requirements is that you pass the professional skills test in Literacy and Numeracy.  This applies to both Secondary and Primary Teacher Training.  Read the information thoroughly.  

Professional Skills Test

To be a good teacher you will obviously need to know about the subject you are teaching. If your degree subject doesn’t link closely to your chosen teaching subject you will need to take a SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE ENHANCEMENT (SKE) COURSE before starting teacher training. You can only do these in England, and with certain subjects.

Non-academic requirements

1 – Classroom experience

Prior experience in a school is not required. Should you wish to gain classroom experience to make sure that teaching is the right career for you, we are happy to arrange time in partner schools. We do appreciate that this may be difficult for some applicants.

If you do have classroom experience, you can refer to this in your personal statement, showing what you have gained from it and how it has increased your motivation to be a teacher.

Arranging classroom experience.

2 – Medical Fitness

You will be sent a health questionnaire to complete.

Some applicants may be asked to have a medical examination.

If you have a disability it is helpful if you give us full details on your application so that training providers can try to make any adjustments you need.

3 – Declaration of Criminal Convictions

If you have criminal convictions it does not necessarily stop you from becoming a teacher.

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

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

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

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

DBS Guidance

The PE with EBacc programme is an exciting new route into teaching PE whilst also giving you the skills and experience to teach an additional EBacc subject: Science, Maths, English, History, Modern Foreign Languages or Geography.  Whilst on placement you will predominantly teach PE and will only be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards in your PE lessons, however, you will also teach your second subject, approx. 1/3 of your timetable.

The most exciting thing about this new route is the flexibility it provides in the employment market as you can offer schools more than just the ability to teach PE.

All applicants to the PE with EBacc route must have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade ‘C’ or better at ‘A’ level in the relevant EBacc subject.

Fully funded Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses are now available for PE ITT trainees provided that they meet the entry requirements. You may also be eligible for a tax-free SKE training bursary of up to £5,600 depending on the course length and availability of supplementary funding.