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 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 degreeawarded by a university at class 2:2 or above. If you have a third-class degree, and have completed a Masters degree this would boost your undergraduate qualification to the equivalent of a 2:1. Applicants from overseas are welcome provided you have the equivalent qualifications, you would neet to check this with NARIC. A foundational degree is not enough to meet this criteria; you’ll need to top-up your degree.
- In exceptional circumstances an applicant with a 3rd Class Honours degree who has been employed at a Partnership school will be offered an interview if the Head Teacher of the employing school provides an additional reference to the Head of ITE confirming that they consider the applicant able to manage the academic requirements of the programme.
- GCSE Grade C (4) in English, Maths and a science subject. (Equivalency tests are accepted). All these qualifications must be achieved before your start the initial teacher training programme in September. So, if you’re 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 one of our training providers. 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.