All entrants must have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examination in English and Mathematics.
(Qualifications in key and functional skills at level 2 may represent the same level of attainment as GCSE grade C and above in the national qualifications framework (NQF). However, they are not equivalent to GCSEs in terms of content, and applicants with key and functional skills certificates but without GCSEs at grade C or above in English and mathematics are advised to take the equivalency tests below).
All entrants must hold a degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification.
You must have a first degree with honours class 2.1 or above from a UK university, or an eaquivalent qualification (2.2 degrees will only be considered if you have substantial school or work experience or a Masters degree.) An honours degree comprises 360 HE credit points of which at least 90 must be at level 6 of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
Please note that regulations require you to have a qualification worth 360 points or more, a points total aggregated from a number of standalone modules is not acceptable. The Higher Education Credit Framework gives further details of the level descriptors for academic study.
For a comparison of overseas qualifications visit: www.naric.org.uk
You must pass the DfE professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy prior to entry to the course. You can have 3 attempts at each test – the first is free but there is a charge for the next two attempts.
After you have sent your application to UCAS and you have received your Welcome letter, you need to book dates to take the skills tests on the Department for Education’s website at www.education.gov.uk/teachskillstests
You will need to take your Welcome letter to the test centre as evidence that you have already applied for teacher training.
Training providers may use skills tests’ results to make a decision on your application, so you should aim to pass these tests as soon as possible after you have submitted your application to give yourself the best chance of obtaining a place.
For more information about the professional skills tests, visit www.education.gov.uk/teachskillstests