Pre-Entry Requirements

The Department for Education stipulates that trainees, in both Primary and Secondary, starting a Teacher Training course in September 2022 need to demonstrate the aptitude to successfully complete measures which test proficiency in literacy and numeracy. Candidates will therefore be expected to undertake a Math and Literacy test at interview to assess their suitability for Teacher Training. This will indicate whether any further pre-course developments need to be undertaken to ensure appropriate levels of skills in these crucial areas are met.

You will also need to provide the details of two referees. If candidates have studied within the last five years; an academic reference must be provided. The other reference should be a school or employer’s reference.

In addition to the above general requirements – the following specific course requirements must also be met:


General Primary Course

  • 2.1 Honours UK degree preferred or an approved non-UK degree qualification. 2.2 degree considered when an applicant has a Masters degree or can demonstrate substantial (one year minimum) recent (within the last 18 months) primary school experience within a UK state/mainstream primary school.
  • GCSE Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject at grade 4 or above – applicant to have achieved at least two out of the three prior to applying.
  • Two weeks’ UK state mainstream primary school experience for applicants with a 2.1 or above (ideally gained prior to application or set as condition of offer). Equivalent of three years’ work experience for Salaried route applicants.

Primary with Mathematics Course

  • Candidates applying to the Primary with Mathematics Course will need to meet the entry requirements for the General Primary Course, as outlined above.
  • Applicants will be required to have had experience with children in school, and will normally have at least an A Level in Mathematics (Grade B would attract a bursary) and preferably a degree in Pure Mathematics or in a subject that has substantial quantitative content in the However, exceptionally we would consider, for interview, individuals with less traditional backgrounds, but who exhibit other indicators of high quality mathematics and suitability for classroom practice.


Secondary Course

  • A UK undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification with a minimum 2:2 degree classification or better, in a relevant/ applicable subject.
  • A standard equivalent to a grade 4 in the GCSE examinations in English Language and Mathematics.
  • A GCSE grade 4 or above in a science if you are applying to teach at key stage 3 (ages 11–14).