Eligibility requirements for our Training Programme

Check if you’re eligible to apply for our fully funded teacher training programme.

This page goes through the requirements for:

  • your degree grade
  • right to work in the UK
  • existing qualifications
  • your GCSEs
  • your degree or A-level subjects

Degree grade

To do our Training Programme, you normally need a 2.1 degree or above.

We’ll consider 2.2 degrees for secondary teaching.

If you do not meet this requirement, you can also train to teach in a school near you on our one-year unsalaried teacher training. Compare our teacher training options.

Right to work in the UK

You must have the right to work in the UK full time for the duration of the programme. This includes the summer training period and the two-year Training Programme itself.

We cannot sponsor visas, so you will need to have secured one separately by April of the year you’re due to start training with us.

Read more about overseas applications.

Existing teaching qualifications

If you have an existing teaching qualification (PGCE or qualified teacher status, QTS) you cannot do the Training Programme.

You also cannot apply for the Training Programme if you’ve already accepted a place on a PGCE course this year.

Your GCSEs

To train to teach, you must have at least:

  • grade C/4 or equivalent in GCSE maths  
  • grade C/4 or equivalent in English  
  • for primary teaching, grade C/4 in one GCSE science subject as well 

If you’re applying from overseas, we will check your qualifications if you receive an offer. You may need to do an equivalency test. Your offer will be conditional until we’ve done these checks. Read more about overseas applications.

Degree subject and A-levels

What A-levels and degree subject you need depends on whether you want to teach early years, primary or a secondary subject.

Primary and early years

To train to teach in a primary school or early years setting, you need:

Either…

One degree from the list below:

  • English
  • science degrees
  • maths
  • geography
  • history
  • religious education
  • ICT/computing
  • music
  • language degrees
  • design and technology 
  • philosophy 
  • art
  • PE/sports  
  • classics 
  • psychology 
  • fine art
  • history of art

Or…

Two A-levels, grade B or above, from the list below:

  • English
  • science (biology, chemistry or physics)
  • maths
  • geography
  • history
  • religious education
  • ICT/computing
  • music
  • French
  • Spanish
  • design and technology 
  • philosophy 
  • art
Education degrees for early years

If you have one of these education degrees (2.1 or above) you can apply to teach early years only:

  • education
  • education studies
  • childhood studies
  • early childhood studies
  • child development

You must also be able to show evidence of working with primary-aged children for at least four consecutive weeks.

Business

To train to teach business, you must have a relevant degree such as:

  • economics
  • business studies
  • marketing

We’ll also consider other degrees such as sports management or accountancy and finance. We may also consider an MBA. For more information, talk to a recruiter about eligibility to teach business.

Computing

To train to teach computing, you need either a relevant degree, A-levels or BTEC.

We accept these degrees:

  • ICT
  • computer science
  • information technology
  • information systems
  • robotics software development
  • computer networks
  • web development
  • artificial intelligence 
  • game software engineering

We may also accept related degrees such as cyber security. For more information, talk to a recruiter about eligibility to teach computing.

If you do not have one of these degrees, we’ll also consider A-levels (minimum grade B) or BTEC level 3 in:

  • computer science
  • ICT
  • applied ICT
Design and technology

To train to teach design and technology, you need either a relevant degree or A-levels (minimum grade B).

We accept these degrees:

  • food technology
  • civil engineering
  • 3D design
  • textiles
  • graphic design
  • materials technology
  • product design
  • design engineering
  • product design technology
  • architectural technology
  • aeronautical engineering
  • design studies
  • materials technology
  • materials technology 
  • architecture
  • resistant materials 
  • product design
  • design and technology

We accept these A-levels (minimum grade B):

  • materials technology
  • product design
  • design engineering
  • product design technology
  • architectural technology
  • aeronautical engineering
  • design studies
  • materials technology 
  • architecture
  • resistant materials
  • product design
  • design and technology
English

To train to teach English, you need either a relevant degree or A-levels (minimum grade B).

We accept these degrees:

  • English literature
  • English language
  • creative writing
  • linguistics

We accept these A-levels (minimum grade B):

  • English language
  • English literature
  • combined English literature and language

You may be eligible if you have a degree in journalism or law. For more information, talk to a recruiter about eligibility to teach English.

Geography

To train to teach geography, you need either a relevant degree or A-levels (minimum grade B).

We accept these degrees:

  • geography
  • human and social geography
  • international development
  • geology
  • ecology

We accept these A-levels (minimum grade B):

  • geography
  • human and social geography

We may also accept related degrees such as disaster management. For more information, talk to a recruiter about eligibility to teach geography.

History

To train to teach history, you must have a relevant degree.

We accept these degrees:

  • history
  • ancient history
  • modern history
  • American studies
  • American history
  • war studies
Maths

To train to teach maths, you need either a relevant degree or A-levels (minimum grade B).

For some degrees, you’ll have to do a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course after you get your offer.

We accept these degrees:

  • maths
  • further mathematics
  • statistics

For these degrees, you’ll have to do a subject knowledge enhancement course as a condition of your offer to the Training Programme:

  • economics
  • accountancy and finance

We accept these A-levels (minimum grade B):

  • maths
  • further mathematics
  • statistics
  • maths and statistics (as a single A-level subject)
Modern foreign languages (French and Spanish)

To train to teach modern foreign languages, you need either a relevant degree or A-levels (minimum grade B).

We accept these degrees:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Hispanic studies
  • French linguistics
  • Spanish linguistics

If you do not have one of these degrees, you must have both of these A-levels (minimum grade B):

  • Spanish
  • French

You may also be eligible if:

  • you’ve spent significant time in a relevant country, or 
  • you’re a native speaker in Spanish or French and have relevant teaching experience

For more information, talk to a recruiter about eligibility to teach modern foreign languages.

Music

To train to teach music, you need either:

  • a music degree, or 
  • music A-level (minimum grade B) plus a performance qualification at grade 8

We may also accept related degrees such as music technology or popular music, as long as you have significant practical experience performing music and can read music notation.

For more information, talk to a recruiter about eligibility to teach music.

Religious education

To train to teach religious education, you need either a relevant degree or A-levels (minimum grade B).

We accept these degrees:

  • religious education
  • theology
  • Islamic studies
  • Bible studies
  • philosophy

We also accept A-level religious education (minimum grade B).

We will also consider A-levels in philosophy and ethics. For more information, talk to a recruiter about eligibility to teach religious education.

Science

To train to teach science, you need either a relevant degree or two A-levels (minimum grade B).

For some degrees, you’ll have to do a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course as a condition of your offer.

We accept these degrees:

  • biology 
  • chemistry
  • physics
  • engineering (mechanical/chemical/ electrical/electronic)
  • zoology
  • equine science 
  • marine biology
  • radiography
  • aerospace engineering
  • forensic science
  • pharmacy
  • medicine
  • physiotherapy
  • optometry

For these degrees, you’ll have to do a subject knowledge enhancement course in physics or chemistry:

  • BSc Psychology
  • BSc Sports & Exercise Science
  • BSc Health Science

We may also accept related degrees such as geology, neuroscience or environmental science. For more information, talk to a recruiter about eligibility to teach science.

If you do not meet all the eligibility requirements, you may still be able to train to teach in a school near you on our one-year unsalaried teacher training. Compare our teacher training options.

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