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Entry Requirements

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... a lively mix of trainees, from different backgrounds, cultures and parts of the country, who are committed to providing excellence within the UK state maintained school sector.


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Academic Qualifications

  • A minimum of a 2.1 (upper second) class honours degree
  • GCSE qualifications in English Language and Mathematics. Primary applicants also need a mainstream Science GCSE. (minimum grade C)
  • We expect most candidates to hold three A levels at an average of grade B.

We will consider applicants holding overseas qualifications that are equivalent to those described above. We may consider applicants with a 2.2 if they have an otherwise strong academic background but please contact the PGCE Admissions Office for advice before you apply.

If English is not your first language you must hold an Academic IELTS qualfication with a minimum score of 7 in each element.  Unfortunately, the OCR Adult Literacy and Numeracy qualifications are not considered the equivalent of GCSEs. We also do not accept, or offer, equivalency tests.

Secondary Courses: your degree should be in your chosen subject specialism, or a closely related subject with at least 50% of your degree modules in the relevant subject.

Primary Courses: we accept applicants from any degree subject background, including psychology and childhood studies, but we would expect you to have some National Curriculum content in your A-levels.

For more detailed guidance on entry qualifications please see our PGCE Admissions Requirements


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Personal Qualities

  • A desire to teach and enthuse young people
  • Commitment to state education
  • Strong subject-based academic background
  • Good communication skills
  • Experience working with young people
  • Flexibility and humour
  • Energy, perseverance and stamina
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Ability to learn and act on advice


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School Experience

We require all applicants to have undertaken at least 5-10 days work experience or observation in the year before they apply for the PGCE. This must be classroom-based and in a mainstream British state-maintained school, working alongside children within the appropriate age ranges, and subject, for their chosen course. Applicants are expected to draw on this experience in their personal statement and to discuss it during an interview.

For more detailed guidance on school experience please see our PGCE Admissions Requirements



Please be aware that competition is strong for places on the PGCE courses and meeting our minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection for interview.

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