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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).

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.  

 

 

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Train to Teach Newcastle

30 June 2018 10:00

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

Newcastle upon Tyne

Application Workshop London Central

23 June 2018 10:00

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.

London

Preparing for your teacher training

25 June 2018 18:30

If you've been offered a teacher training place, this online session will answer your questions on how best to prepare for your teacher training.

Gaining school experience for primary teachers

27 June 2018 12:00

This online event will provide advice on gaining school experience for those interested in primary teaching. It will offer helpful hints and tips on gaining and making the most of your primary school experience and it's relevance to your UCAS application.