Eligibility (Secondary, 11-16 years)

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate their commitment to a future teaching career, strong subject knowledge and the ability to interact with young people in and out of a classroom environment. We are also looking for strong literacy and numeracy skillshigh standards of written English, a willingness to contribute to wider school life as well as personal qualities including: confidence, flexibility, resilience, ability to work in a group and under pressure, self-reflection and time management skills.  We recommend that candidates read the attached job description and person specification to assist with their application.

Qualifications needed:

  • A UK university degree at grade 2:2 of higher or a recognised eqivalent qualification which should be a minimum of a 50% match to the subject in which candidates wish to train to teach.   
  • Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered if they can demonstrate considerable experience in other areas relevant to their application. 
  • Overseas qualifications will be considered but these should be checked with NARIC before a UCAS application is submitted.  To qualify for a bursary, the NARIC statement must reflect that the overseas degree is equivalent to an Honours. 
  • We accept applications from candidates who are expected to graduate by the time the course starts.  We require a final predicted grade from a tutor.
  • All candidates are expected to have achieved a standard equivalent to a level 4  (A*-C) or above in GCSE examinations in English and mathematics.
  • In exceptional circumstances, we may accept applications from candidates who do not yet hold these GCSE passes as long as evidence can be provided that these qualifications are being worked towards. 
  • An equivalency test is another option if you do not hold the required GCSE passes. 
  • In all cases, applications must hold the required GCSE or equivalency qualifications prior to the start of the course.
  • If your degree and qualifications were gained in a non-English speaking country, you may be required to sit the IELTS: we require an overall grade of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 for Reading and 6.0 for Writing.
  • Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy must be successfully completed before starting training; we request that you sit your tests no later than 6 weeks after an offer has been made. 

NEWS ALERT ON PROFESSIONAL SKILLS TESTS - As of 14 February 2018, candidates will have unlimited attempts to achieve a test pass. This means that the 2-year lockout period will be removed and candidates previously locked out will be able to book tests for both subjects.  Furthermore, from 14 February 2018 all candidates will be able to book three tests per subject, free of charge. A charge will be applied from the fourth test attempt per subject.  More information is available online at http://sta.education.gov.uk/. Alternatively, learndirect's helpline is available Monday to Friday 8am-4pm on 0300 303 9613.

Please see the Department of Education website for more information on the content of the tests and where you can sit them; the website also contains online practice tests sta.education.gov.uk/

  • Successful completion of an Occupational Health check.  We have a responsibility to ensure that trainees have the health and physical capacity to teach and will not put children and young people at risk of harm.

  • An awareness of and commitment to safeguarding issues. We are committed to protecting students in schools and will undertake an Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure check to ensure that our trainees are suitable to train to teach.  We require three pieces of personal ID before a training offer can be confirmed.

  • If you are applying for a salaried place, candidates must have at least two years of full time employment (not necessarily in education).

In addition:

  • We recommend that candidates should have completed at least one week of recent full-time experience in the classroom prior to applying.  This should be reflected in the statement of application.