Am I eligible to train to be a teacher?
The government sets entry requirements for those who wish to train to be a teacher. Providers of initial teacher training, such as Exceed SCITT, have to adhere to them: there is no flexibility.
We can tell you more during our free local briefing events in and around Leeds, Bradford and Keighley.
You must have:
- An honours first degree awarded by a university at class 2:2 or above. We’d only consider an applicant with a third-class degree if they had significant school-based experience or are well know to the Headteacher of the school that will provide the bulk of their training. If you have a third-class degree, completing a Masters degree would boost your undergraduate qualification to the equivalent of a 2:1. We do not usually accept international qualifications. A foundational degree is not enough to meet this criteria; you’ll need to top-up your degree.
- GCSEs (or O-Levels) in English and Mathematics at grade C (4) or above. We do not accept equivalency tests of Functional Skills in place of these.
- GCSE in Science at grade C (4) or above. We would consider an equivalency test in place of science; we can help facilitate this test at a cost to you.
- All these qualifications must be achieved before your start the initial teacher training programme in September. So, if your in the final year of your undergraduate degree, start applying for initial teacher training from the October before you complete your degree. We may set achieving one or more of these qualifications as part of your conditional offer if you are successful at interview.
- To help you to become a great teacher, we recommend you have a minimum of two-weeks experience of working with children or young people in an educational setting, e.g. school, nursery, outward bounds activity centre, and we can help you to get this additional experience before you start your training. You need a high quality experience, not just listening to children read, for example. At interview, we’ll be asking you questions about effective teaching and learning. We can help you secure this work experience IF you intend to select Exceed SCITT, Exceed Partnership, Shanidar School Direct and Westerton Partnership as your preferred training provider. Talk to us about your experience to date and we can guide your next steps. Whilst we do not require experience we strongly urge you to seek an opportunity in school.
- Once you’ve submitted an application for ITT through UCAS.com, the online application portal, you can apply and sit the Professional Skills Tests for English and Mathematics. You must pass these before you commence training. These aren’t easy and need to be taken seriously. Find out more here.