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
- GCSE grade C / 4 in English and maths – and a science subject for primary trainees
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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.
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. We can help you with this. Contact us on 0800 389 2500 and we can provide you with:
- guidance on your equivalent qualifications
- a free UK NARIC statement of comparability (this usually costs £49.50 plus VAT) once you’ve submitted your application, if required by your provider
Primary school teaching
05 August 2020 - 12:30
This online event will provide advice on all things primary teaching. It will offer helpful hints and tips on the different training options available and how to choose the right option for you.
Change career to teaching
10 August 2020 - 19:00
Considering changing career to teaching? Not sure about the next step? Our teaching advisers will discuss the different routes available to help you retrain and experiences of the obstacles faced when changing career.
Preparing for your teacher training
12 August 2020 - 19:00
If you've been accepted on a teacher training course, this online event is for you. Our panel of experts will provide useful resources and share hints and tips to help prepare you for your first day in school.