Entry Requirements

The following Entry Requirements apply to both the School Direct and SCITT training routes.

GCSE Maths at grade A*- C or grade 4 or above
GCSE English Language at grade A*- C or grade 4 or above
GCSE Science at grade A*- C or grade 4 or above (Primary applicants only) 

* We now accept applications from those studying for their GCSE qualifications however you must provide evidence at interview that you are currently enrolled on a GCSE course and will receive your result by August 2019.

An Honours Degree (360 credits) at 2:2 or above. If you wish to train as a Secondary teacher your degree must closely relate to the curriculum area chosen. For those with a Foundation degree this must be supplemented by at least 120 credits at HE level.

We Accept:
O Level (Grades A-C)
CSE (Grade 1 only)
SCE (Grades A-C)
SCE Standard Grade (Level 1-3)
NARIC recognised equivalents for candidates educated outside of the UK

We Do Not Accept:
Level 2 Key Skills
University equivalency tests

Professional Skills Tests

All applicants to both SCITT and School Direct are required to pass the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before they are able to start the course, please visit our Quick Guide for more information

Overseas Qualifications
Overseas applicants are also welcome provided they have the required qualifications. Qualifications from within the European Economic Area (EEA) are generally accepted as UK equivalents. If you have qualifications from outside of the EEA the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC,
www.naric.org.uk) will be able to advise you on whether your particular qualifications are equivalent to the minimum requirements and may also be able to provide certification where appropriate.

MERIT: We work closely MERIT (Minority Ethnic Recruitment into Teaching) who support BME candidates through the selection and interview process. Visit their website for more information- https://www.merit-ne.org.uk/

Whilst school experience is not an essential criteria for entry to initial teacher training, relevant experience is extremely valuable. It is therefore very important to gain as much experience as possible of working with children (preferably in an educational setting). It is also useful if this experience is with children of the age you wish to teach.

Police Check
You will be required to complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service  check to verify that you do not have a background which would render you unsuitable to work with children.



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