Entry requirements

All entrants to the teaching profession must meet the minimum grades in English Language and Mathematics in one of the following:



Attainment for GCSEs taken from June 2017 onwards

0-level C
16+ C
Or equivalent examination grades from non-UK awarding bodies

Student teachers without these qualifications may either take the necessary examinations in the year before the course starts or take our entrance test in English and/or Mathematics. These have been designed to reflect the emphasis of current GCSE practice. This matter can be discussed at interview with the tutor concerned.

Degree qualification

Applicants for the PGDE course should have a First degree class 2.2 or above (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant subject. For Maths, Physics or Physics with Maths, either a first degree class 2.2 or above (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant

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 subject, or a first degree class 3 or above, plus relevant A level at grade B or above (or equivalent qualification).

Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered, but you should be aware that you will not be eligible for a bursary. Please refer to the Department of Education's information on Bursaries and funding.

Student teachers who have an educational background which is less conventional than a degree in their chosen subject, but who believe that their experience may qualify them to be an effective teacher of that subject, are invited to contact the School of Education to enquire as to their eligibility. Decisions in such cases are made easier if strong evidence can be provided to substantiate prior experience.

If you have doubts about the suitability of your qualifications for the course that you wish to enrol for, please seek advice.

School experience

The more school experience you have prior to interview the better. However, we recognise that candidates come from a wide range of backgrounds and we take this into account at interview. We would recommend that prior to interview you have at least 3 days' experience in school so that you are able to reflect on that experience during the selection process. You should then ensure that you arrange additional experience to ensure that you have at least 10 days' experience before starting the course.

Personal qualities

In addition to formal qualifications, personal qualities, motivation and potential teaching ability are important factors. In assessing the suitability of candidates for initial training we look for a sense of responsibility, a robust but balanced outlook, alertness, sensitivity, enthusiasm and facility in communication.

In short, if you have an enthusiasm for your subject, an interest in children, and are genuinely committed to teaching as a career, then you have the foundations on which we can build. The range of personal styles that lead to successful teaching is wide but common to all of them is a commitment to professional excellence.

Professional Skills Test

You must have passed the professional skills tests for trainee teachers prior to commencing the course. It is best if you arrange these tests at the same time as submitting your UCAS application. We allow you one month from the offer of a place on the course to ensure that you have passed the tests.

When you apply for a teacher training course you will need to take the Numeracy and Literacy Skills tests as part of the application process.

Further information about the Professional Skills Test

For help and advice from the University, please contact: