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.
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.