To apply for teacher training you will need:
- GCSE English Language Grade C or above (or equivalent).
- GCSE mathematics Grade C or above (or equivalent).
If you want to teach primary age children, GCSE science Grade C or above (or equivalent).
You need to have the GCSE qualifications before you apply.
A UK first degree (or equivalent).
- Primary: Honours Degree, normally 2.2 or better (or equiv. 360 CAT points).
- Secondary: First degree, normally 2.2 or better (or equiv. 360 CAT points).
Usually at least 50% should be in the subject you wish to teach.
If your qualifications were not gained in the UK, please visit the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are considered to be equivalent to UK GCSEs and degrees.
Please note that the onus is on you to prove that your qualifications are equivalent and you must include a NARIC statement with your application verifying this
Professional Skills Tests
The Professional Skills Tests (skills tests) for prospective teachers assess the core skills that teachers need to fulfill their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge needed for teaching. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism.
All current and prospective trainee teachers must pass the skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS)
Please click here to register and book your Professional Skills Tests.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
At BSET safeguarding of children is our first concern and so in addition to DBS checks we reserve the right to make additional checks of former employers. We will also ask your referee specifically about your suitability to work with children and will ask for a additional reference from the referees you supply through UCAS. Overseas applicants will also be subject to a check of good conduct.
We do not make school experience a condition for application but it is a good idea to have recent experience of a school setting so please contact us if we can help you arrange this.
Experience of working in a school or with young people is an advantage but not essential for applications to the fee paying route.
Salaried applicants generally need three years full time work experience. There can be exceptions so if you would like to discuss your particular circumstances please contact us.
There may be opportunities to work in a school in an unqualified capacity either as a volunteer or as a paid employee, please contact us if we can help you arrange this.