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Entry Requirements

All applicants for Secondary School SCITT programmes must have a degree relevant to their chosen subject. If your degree is not in the subject you wish to teach, you may still be eligible with relevant A-Levels and a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

Essential requirements for Initial Teacher Training fall into two categories


You will have to meet the following requirements before being accepted into teacher training:

  1. You will need to have a first degree with honours awarded by a UK higher education provider.  Ideally we are looking for 2.1 equivalent or above.  We don’t rule out lower class degrees.
  2. You need a minimum of a standard equivalent to grade C (4) or above in the GCSE English and Mathematics

International Students
If you have studied outside of the UK,  please check the ENIC  website to find out if your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.

Visit the ENIC website

1. Classroom experience

Prior teaching experience in a school is not essential. Should you wish to gain classroom experience to make sure that teaching is the right career for you, we are happy to arrange time in partner schools. We do appreciate that this may be difficult for some applicants.

If you do have classroom experience, you can refer to this in your personal statement, showing what you have gained from it and how it has increased your motivation to be a teacher.

Arranging classroom experience

2. Medical Fitness

You will be sent a health questionnaire to complete and may be asked to have a medical examination.

If you have a disability it is helpful if you give us full details on your application so that training providers can make the adjustments you need.

3. Declaration of Criminal Convictions

If you have criminal convictions it does not necessarily stop you from becoming a teacher.

You will need to disclose any criminal convictions, cautions or bind-overs and agree to an enhanced criminal record check, please feel free to discuss your circumstances with us before you apply.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

This is the Government scheme that replaces the Criminal Records Bureau.

This enables training providers to identify people who are barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.

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