Entry Requirements

Minimum degree required:  Upper Second

Successful candidates will need to meet the entry requirements of both the academy and the provider before enrolling on the course. The formal entry requirements are:

1. GCSE Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics.  Equivalency tests are available in English, Maths and Science through Equivalency Testing

2. GCSE Grade C or above in Science (for Primary training only)

3. Other GCSEs are required to show a good spread of curriculum subjects (for Primary training only).

4.  Minimum of 2, preferably 3 A levels of good grades.  For secondary applicants, this should include the subject you wish to teach.  Applicants without these qualifications may be accepted if they have acquired knowledge and expertise through other routes (e.g., work experience).

5. Minimum 2:1 honours degree.  For secondary applicants, this should include at least 50% of your degree in the subject you wish to teach.  (In exceptional circumstances a 2:2 degree will be considered if supported by evidence of other strong academic and personal qualitites).

6. You must demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly and grammatically in spoken and written Standard English

7. Overseas qualifications/degrees MUST be checked by NARIC for comparability to UK Standards.  It is recommended that this check takes place prior to application.

8. You must have some recent experience of at least one school. This will ideally include a visit and lesson observations across the age and phase range.  We particularly welcome applicants who have worked with young people in a variety of settings. 

9. Have passed the DfE's Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to enrolling on the course and preferably before interview

10. You should be aware of current educational issues

11. We expect you to be confident in the use of information and communications technology, and willing to extend your abilities in the use and application of technology in your teaching

Proficiency in English

It is vital that you are able to use and understand English well. Without this ability, you will find it difficult to follow lectures, participate in tutorials, and teach classes in your placement schools or colleges. If English is not your first language, you will have to demonstrate a satisfactory level of English language proficiency.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

If you are offered a place on a School Direct programme, you will be asked to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the DBS as a requirement of entry to the course.