Eligibility for teacher training
Before you apply for teacher training, you need to make sure you’re eligible. Although different training providers may have specific recruitment criteria, there are some basic eligibility requirements you’ll need to meet to become a teacher in England.
If you want to train to teach, you will need to demonstrate:
- a standard equivalent to a GCSE grade C / grade 4 in mathematics and English to teach at secondary level
- a standard equivalent to a GCSE grade C / grade 4 in mathematics, English and a science subject to teach at primary level
Your training provider will make the final decision on whether you meet this entry criteria – if you don’t, they may ask you to sit a GCSE equivalency test, or offer other evidence to demonstrate your attainment.
You need a degree to gain qualified teacher status (QTS).
On postgraduate courses, the class of your degree may help to determine the level of funding you could receive during your training – find out about funding for teacher training.
If you have overseas equivalent qualifications, you should contact your preferred training provider to check on eligibility, as they make the final judgement on equivalency. If you’re a non-UK EU national, read our helpful summary on preparing for teaching - you could receive a tax-free bursary of £25k to train as a teacher.
If you don’t have a degree, you can train on a university-led undergraduate course and graduate with QTS.
01 April 2017 10:00
This event in Liverpool will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.
08 April 2017 10:00
This event in Manchester will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.
09 May 2017 16:30
This event in Brighton will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.
28 March 2017 17:30
Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.