Frequently asked questions

  • What if I don’t have English or maths at grade C (level 4) or above (or science for primary teaching)?

You can still apply for teacher training, but we will require you to pass an equivalency test before we confirm any offer that we make.

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  • What if I am applying from abroad?

If you studied abroad and do not have an English GCSE as you studied it as a second language, you can sit the IELTS test.  Our minimum requirement is for an overall score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 for Reading and 6.0 for Writing.

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We welcome applications from abroad but you will need to have had at least five days of school experience in a UK state shool, in the subject in which you want to teach, within the last year.

  • What if I would like to teach in a subject that I do not have a degree in or if it is a long time that I sat my degree?

We may recommend that you take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course prior to starting your teacher training.  These courses are designed to top up or refresh your subject knowledge and are fully funded. They vary in duration and can be done online, so you can find a course that suits you.

SKEs are only available for the following subjects: maths, physics, languages, biology, chemistry, computing, English, geography and design and technology.

It is not possible to sign up for an SKE until you have received an offer of a teacher training place from us.

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  • I am completing my degree, can I still apply?

Yes but if you are made an offer, this will be conditional on you passing your degree prior to the start of the training course.

  • My degree isn't related to the subject that I wish to teach.

Please refer to the UCAS profiles for course eligibility for each subject.

  • Can I apply if I have international qualifications?

You would need to obtain a NARIC statement of equivalence BEFORE applying to our course

  • Can I apply directly rather than via UCAS?

No, everyone must submit an application via UCAS.