All entrants must hold a degree awarded by a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification.
You must have a first (bachelor’s) degree with honours class 2.1 or above from a UK university, or an equivalent 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.
The National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC) can provide advice on the equivalence of overseas qualifications. UK NARIC can be contacted at: UK NARIC, Oriel House, Oriel Road, Cheltenham, GL50 1XP. Tel: 0870 990 4088; fax: 0870 990 1560. www.naric.org.uk
All entrants must have achieved a minimum of a grade C/Level 4, or equivalent standard, in English and mathematics,.
Qualifications in key and functional skills at level 2 may represent the same level of attainment as GCSE grade C/Level 4 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 successful applicants will be required to undertake the following checks:
- an enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service, which will include the declaration of any criminal convictions (the rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply to the teaching profession)
- a completed self-declaration health declaration, and applicants may be required to undertake a medical examination arranged by an Occupational Health Consultant
- a Prohibition Order Check to ensure that the applicant has not been subject to any sanction in relation to the teaching profession
- for those who have been resident in any country outside of the UK for more than 6 months within the past five years, a ‘certificate of good conduct’ or equivalent may be required
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
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.
- We recommend that you complete two weeks, or equivalent, school placement experience before commencing the course (or other recent activities that demonstrate a particular interest in working with children)
- the ability to travel between different training locations within the county (access to own transport is desirable due to our rural location)
- Confidence in using appropriate ICT skills