Eligibility for teacher training

Eligibility for teacher training

Although different training providers may have specific recruitment criteria, there are some basic eligibility requirements you’ll need to meet to become a qualified teacher in England.

In summary, you'll need or be working towards 

  • a degree
  • GSCE grade C / 4 in English and maths – and a science subject for primary trainees

There’s still time to apply for teacher training. To help you start this September all applications will be fast tracked by training providers. Do you need support with your next step? Our Teacher Training Adviser service can help you make a swift and successful application. 

In detail 

Degree requirement (or equivalent qualification) 

You need to have a degree (or equivalent qualification) to train on a postgraduate initial teacher training course. For equivalent qualifications, you’ll need to confirm your qualification is equivalent to a degree. If you don’t have a degree (or equivalent qualification), you can train on a university-led undergraduate course and graduate with qualified teacher status (QTS). There’s also the opportunity to work as a further education teacher, whether or not you already have a degree. 

GCSEs or their standard equivalent

You’ll need to demonstrate GCSE grade C / 4 (or standard equivalent) in maths and English - and a science subject for primary trainees. If you don’t meet this entry criteria, your training provider may ask you to sit a GCSE,  equivalency test, or offer other evidence to demonstrate your ability.

Overseas qualifications 

If all or part of your qualifications are from outside the UK, you should contact the schools or universities you would like to train with, as they make the final decision if your qualifications meet the minimum requirements -  you may be asked to formally recognise any overseas qualifications through UK NARIC. You can compare overseas qualifications to the British degree standard on GOV.UK to find out what bursary you could receive.