Entry Requirements - teaching in schools

Degree subject:

A postgraduate teacher training course focuses on developing your teaching skills, rather than on the subject you intend to teach. For this reason, you are expected to have a good understanding of your chosen subject(s) – usually to degree level – before you start training.

Secondary courses: Your degree subject should be relevant to the subject you hope to teach. Whether your degree is relevant may not always be clear, for instance if you are studying for a degree in engineering, you may be eligible to train to teach maths, science, or design technology. If you wish to teach a shortage subject, you may be required to take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course in the subject you want to teach before starting your teacher training.

If you are not sure whether you meet the course requirements, contact the admissions tutor for the course you are interested in.

Primary courses: It is very important to stress in your personal statement the relevance of your education to the curriculum you will be teaching. You may want to highlight specific modules that relate to English, mathematics or science, or mention your A-levels if they are in National Curriculum subjects.


You need a standard equivalent to a grade C/4 (New GCSE's Grades) in GCSE English and mathematics. If you want to teach primary, you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C/4 in a science GCSE. Some teacher training providers ask for higher GCSE grades, so read the course prospectus carefully. If you don't have the required GCSEs, check whether the teacher training provider will view your qualifications as equivalent. Some may accept equivalency tests. Alternatively, study and take the GCSE examination. Further education (FE) colleges/adult education centres and distance learning institutions often run one-year GCSE evening or day classes.

Teach First

Minimum requirements for Teach First are:

  • 2.1 degree or above, 300 UCAS points (or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
  • Have a degree or A-levels that satisfy their Teaching subject requirements.
  • Grade C/4 (or equivalent) in GCSE Maths and English (Grade C/4 in one Science GCSE is also required for Primary teaching eligibility)
  • Flexibility to work anywhere within their regions

Professional Skills Tests 

For all the routes above you will have to complete the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy before begin your teacher training. 



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