Eligibility for teacher training

Eligibility for teacher training

Before you apply for teacher training you'll 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.

GCSEs or their standard equivalent

You’ll need to demonstrate GCSE grade C / 4 (or standard equivalent) in mathematics and English - and a science subject for primary trainees.

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 ability.

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. Your chosen training provider may able to help you with this. 

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. 

Overseas qualifications 

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. You can compare overseas qualifications to the British degree standard on GOV.UK to find out what bursary you could receive.