Entry criteria

We welcome applications from all candidates excited to join the teaching profession

The minimum entry criteria are listed below.


A UK degree with a 2:2 classification or higher which must be a close match to the subject in which you wish to train. 


Subject Knowledge Enhancement is available in some subjects.  Contact us for more information. 


GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/Level 4 or above.


PE, Dance and Drama applicants will be expected to train in a second subject to increase their employability. Applicants must hold an A Level at Grade C or above in a curriculum subject.


Modern Language candidates will train in two languages (French, German and Spanish). They must hold a degree in their main language and demonstrate knowledge of the second e.g. A Level, GCSE or native speaker.

Overseas Qualifications

Candidates without English and Maths GCSEs

Where candidates have not achieved a standard equivalent to a Grade C/Level 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths, they must complete an equivalency test. The cost of these tests must be borne by the candidate and we accept test results from A Star Equivalency and Equivalency Testing.com.


All applicants will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to verify their suitability for working with young people.  All places on this programme are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Fitness to Teach

It is a requirement under the Education Act 2020 for the health of all applicants to be assessed.  The aim of the fitness to teach requirement is to ensure that a future teacher has both the physical and mental fitness to perform their duties without putting children and young people at risk.

Your questionnaire will enable us to make well-informed decisions about your fitness to teach and to consider any reasonable adjustments that may be necessary. 

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