To be eligible to begin any ITT course, you need to fulfil the following conditions:
- GCSEs in English and Maths of grade C (4) or higher (or equivalent).
- An honours degree, usually 2:2 or better (or overseas equivalent confirmed by NARIC UK).
- To have passed the professional skills tests in both literacy and numeracy (see http://sta.education.gov.uk/). There are practice test available. [All applicants are strongly advised to look at these prior to taking the tests; even if your literacy and numeracy is reasonably strong, the particular way in which the tests are administered (particulary the timing) can catch you out.]
- In addition…
- primary trainees will need a GCSE in a science subject grade C (4) or higher (or equivalent). [There is also a funded Subject Knowledge enhancement course for Primary Maths where applicants would benefit from increasing their mathematical knowledge prior to beginning teacher training. Click here for further info on Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses]
- secondary trainees will need to show that their degree contains relevant subject knowledge. As a rough guide, this means that around 50% of what you studied ought to be relevant to the subject that you are intending to teach. However, if this is problematic, eg if your degree was in a related subject, or if it was specialised in areas less relevant to the school curriculum, there are Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses, for which funding is available. There are such ‘SKE’ courses in core disciplines (Maths, Sciences, English), and subjects where there is a shortage of teachers, typically Languages, Computing, Design & Technology and Geography. Click here for further info on Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses. One key point to note is that if a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course is a condition of your offer [of a place on a teacher training course], then there is funding available, and so the best course of action is to apply and ask about a SKE on interview.
- If English is not your first language we recommend that you sit a test to show your competence and fluency in the English language. This is called IELTS (Academic) (International English Language Testing System, Academic Test) and is an internationally recognised system for demonstrating fluency in English (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). If using IELTS for English GCSE equivalence then we would usually look for an IELTS score of 6.5.