Entry Requirements


A high-quality personal statement is essential as this will demonstrate your potential to teach and your command of the English Language. Applicants will need to demonstrate an understanding of educational issues and have an awareness of what makes teaching effective. The ability to enthuse and motivate pupils is also essential.


For all our programmes you need to have an honours degree. You can apply in your final degree year, any offer would be conditional upon you getting a degree at a specific level before the course commences. Some courses will require a degree in exactly the same subject as the course but some subjects have some flexibility (having an A-Level in the subject will help).

Third class degrees are not accepted but in some cases this problem may be overcome by a higher degree for example a Masters qualification in a relevant subject area.

If you completed your degree some time ago, or the subject of your degree is not the same as the subject of the course, your subject knowledge may need ‘enhancing’. Subject knowledge is assessed at interview and an offer may be made subject to you completing a specified free Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course to be completed before the teacher training programme starts. These vary in length (usually around 8 weeks). Some SKEs are online and others face to face. They are not available in all subjects so please apply early in the recruitment year if you think you might have to complete one.


Commonly there are no requirements for specific A-levels but these are of greater significance when your degree is not an exact match for the course subject. For example, if you wished to apply for maths teacher training with an engineering degree, you would need at least a B at maths A-level.


For all secondary programmes you must have GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language at C (Grade 4) or above.

Non UK qualifications can often cause delays so please ensure the equivalency can be confirmed as soon as possible through the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC)

Salaried programmes

Employment-based route for high-quality, experienced graduates. Trainees have a timetable allocation and are employed by their training school as an unqualified teacher while they train. Successful completion of the course leads to QTS plus an option to take 30 Masters level credits (Level 7).

Unsalaried programmes

Scholarships and bursaries are available for a wide range of subjects (eligibility criteria apply). Unsalaried trainees are responsible for tuition fees. Trainees have a more gradual (“soft start”) introduction into teaching. Successful completion of the course leads to QTS plus PGCE award and 60 Masters level credits (Level 7).

Proficiency in Written English and Numeracy

Applicants no longer have to have the ‘DfE Professional Skills tests’ in literacy and numeracy.

Disclosure and Barring Checks

These checks are carried out after an offer is made and need to be satisfactory to enable you to start the programme.
On unsalaried programmes they are administered by our partner university.
On salaried programmes they are administered by the school.