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 £26,000 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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Train to Teach Blackpool

27 February 2018 16:30

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

Blackpool

Train to Teach Bristol

28 February 2018 16:30

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

Bristol

Train to Teach Leicester

01 March 2018 16:30

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

Leicester

Train to Teach Bournemouth

06 March 2018 16:30

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

Bournemouth