Academic requirements

When assessing candidates there are a number of requirements we look for and a number that are required by the Department for Education

Ark Teacher Training requirements

We ideally look for candidates who have achieved a 2:1 or above at degree level. For secondary, your degree or A-levels must be related to the subject you want to teach. 

 We will, however, consider individuals who have not met our academic benchmark if they can effectively evidence improvements in their academic performance post-university. 

If you hold non-UK/Irish qualifications, please read our non-UK qualification requirements page, as there are additional steps that you will need to satisfy before we process your application. 

National academic requirements

To become a trainee teacher in England, candidates must satisfy the below national criteria, set by the Department for Education: 

  • have a grade C or above in Maths and English language GCSE (and a science subject if you are applying to teach primary) 
  • hold (or will hold) an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) prior to beginning your Initial Teacher Training 
  • have the right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the programme 
  • not currently hold Qualified Teacher Status 

 Please ensure that you meet the above conditions before applying to Ark Teacher Training, as we will not be able to accept an application from you until all of the above criteria are satisfied. 

 If you hold non-UK/Irish qualifications, please read our non-UK qualification requirements page, as there are additional steps that you will need to satisfy before we process your application. 

“Every child deserves a great education and excellent teaching can make that happen. I decided I wanted to be a part of that.”

AminGraduated from Queen Mary University of London in 2016

“I chose Ark Teacher Training because it offers the perfect balance of support and coaching, with the practical classroom experience.”

KateGraduated from Cambridge University in 2014

“I wanted to be a teacher, because I'd seen the impact my teachers had on me and I wanted to be able to inspire others.”

AzariahGraduated from Birmingham University in 2016

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