Before you apply for teacher training, you need to make sure you are eligible; there are some basic eligibility requirements you will need to meet to become a teacher in England.

GCSE Requirement

If you want to train to teach, you will need to demonstrate:

  • a standard equivalent to a GCSE grade C / level 4 in Mathematics and English to teach at secondary level
  • a standard equivalent to a GCSE grade C / level 4 in Mathematics, English and a Science subject to teach at primary level

CLF SCITT will make the final decision on whether you meet this entry criteria – if you don’t, we may ask you to sit a GCSE equivalency test, or require other evidence to demonstrate your attainment.

Degree Requirement

You need a degree to gain qualified teacher status (QTS). Your first degree should be that of a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification.  On postgraduate courses, the class of your degree may help to determine the level of bursary you could receive during your training.  If you have international qualifications please feel free to contact us about eligibility.  Our preference if you have overseas equivalent qualifications is that you provide evidence of the level of these qualifications by applying via NARIC for a Statement of Comparability.

Professional Skills Tests

You must pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you begin your teacher training.  You now have unlimited attempts to pass each test, and your first 3 attempts at each test are free of charge.  More information regarding these tests can be found here

School Experience

We recommend all trainees have a minimum of 2 weeks experience (either in a block or cumulatively) within an educational environment, in a voluntary or paid capacity, before the start of the programme.

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