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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 requirements

The basic requirements for GCSE grades if you want to train to teach are:

  • a GCSE grade C / grade 4 (or equivalent) in maths and English to teach at secondary level
  • a GCSE grade C / grade 4 (or equivalent) in maths, English and science to teach at primary level

If you don’t meet these criteria, you should contact the school or university you’d like to apply to. They make the final decision on equivalent qualifications, and they may offer you the opportunity to sit a GCSE equivalency test.

If this choice is not available, you could consider a part-time GCSE or Open Access course at your local further education college. You’ll need to cover the cost of any such course yourself.

Degree requirements 

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.

 

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24 January 2017 16:30

This event in Ipswich will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.

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28 January 2017 10:00

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02 February 2017 16:30

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04 February 2017 09:30

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