How to Apply
The teaching profession looks for the highest quality candidates, so you'll need to meet the following requirements before you can be accepted for teacher training.
- You'll need to hold an undergraduate degree awarded by a UK higher education provider or a recognised equivalent qualification.
- You’ll need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C or above in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics (or grade B or above if you're applying in Wales).
- If you intend to train to teach pupils aged 3-11 (Early Years and primary), you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C or above in a GCSE science subject examination.
Requirements in Scotland are different – check Teach in Scotland for more details. If you studied outside the UK check National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.
- In England you'll also need to have passed the professional skills tests.
- Obviously, you'll also need a strong understanding of the subject you want to teach before you start training. If your degree subject doesn't link closely to your chosen teaching subject, we'd advise you to take a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course before starting teacher training. You can only do these in England and in certain subjects.
- If you have non-UK qualifications, you will need a Statement of Comparability from NARIC, the national agency for providing information and advice on worldwide qualifications. This can take some time so you are advised to start the process before you submit your application.
Check – some training programmes have many more applications than places available, so their requirements might be higher.