Eligibility criteria

Primary teaching

To be eligible to apply, you will need a 2:1 or above at degree level from a UK Higher Education institution, or an equivalent qualification* in any subject. You will also have solid A levels and GCSEs including C or above in GCSE maths, English and a science.

Secondary teaching

 To be eligible to apply, you will need a 2:1 or above at degree level from a UK Higher Education institution, or an equivalent qualification* in the subject you want to teach or a related subject (E.g. you can teach maths with an engineering degree). You will also have solid A levels and GCSEs including C or above in GCSE maths and English.

Degree class

A 2:1 or above is preferable, however, ff you have a 2.2, we will be happy to consider your application if you can demonstrate strong academics in other areas i.e. A levels and GCSEs and a real aptitude for teaching.

GCSE results

It is a national requirement that teacher trainees have at least grade C in English, maths and, if you want to teach at primary level, science.* so yes, they do. Unfortunately, we are not able to process your application until you have met the minimum GCSE grade requirements for teacher training.

If you don’t currently have one of the above GCSEs or your result was below C, you can complete an equivalency test. These tests take place throughout the year and are offered by a variety of providers.

Overseas qualifications

If your undergraduate degree and/or school exams were not taken in the UK, you will still be eligible to apply as long as your qualifications are deemed equivalent to the UK counterparts.

We will need you to provide us with a NARIC certificate of equivalency for both types of exams, at the time of your application (this is a national requirement).

The NARIC certificate for your degree must state that you have the equivalent of a UK Bachelors degree with Honours.

For your GCSE equivalents, English is usually deemed to be a second language and therefore not equivalent to GCSE level. In this case you will need to pass an English ‘GCSE equivalency test’. We don’t accept other qualifications e.g. IELTS.

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to consider your application until you have your degree and GCSE equivalencies on file to show us when you apply.

You must be a UK or EU national to qualify for any government funding (i.e. a bursary or salaried position).

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