Eligibility for teacher training

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.

GCSE requirement

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.

Degree requirement 

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.

 

Upcoming events

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Application Workshop Ipswich

27 June 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.

Ipswich

Application Workshop York

28 June 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.

York

Application Workshop Plymouth

29 June 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.

Plymouth

Bradford Online Application Workshop

03 July 2017 18:30

Join this online event for advice and support to help you start teacher training and make a difference in Bradford as soon as this September. Whether you're just starting the process, or looking to add the finishing touches to your application, we'll give you the support and guidance you need to progress.