The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course for students planning to start their course in 2014, and should be used as a general guide. We operate a flexible admissions policy - this means that different applicants may be made higher or lower offers for the same course, depending on their other achievements.
GCSE (minimum grade C)
at least five subjects including English language, maths and science.
Degree and/or experience
at least one year full-time study at HE level (equivalent to 120 CATS points at level 1) in a relevant subject area.
Applicants should have some relevant experience, preferably in a school setting, and must meet all Department for Education entry requirements for initial teacher training (see the School of Education website for more details). All offers are subject to an occupational health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure check. Applicants from minority ethnic and other groups under-represented in the profession are particularly welcome.
Professional Skills Tests
The Department for Education has introduced Professional Skills Tests in English and Maths for all applicants to teacher training (QTS) routes. These tests are compulsory, and it will not be possible to enter training without having successfully completed them. Candidates are able to book these tests in advance, and the Department for Education strongly advises you to take the tests soon after you have submitted an application.
The University of Brighton recognises that these tests may present a real challenge to some candidates and we recommend that you prepare carefully before attempting them; you are limited to only three attempts per test. For this reason we will not insist that undergraduate applicants have passed the tests before they come to an interview and although having already passed the tests may give you a clear advantage, we will be prepared to consider your capacity to pass and potentially make you an offer of a place subject to their successful completion. When we make such an offer you will be given a clear deadline, usually within 2 to 3 months of your interview, so we advise that you plan ahead and book your tests well in advance so that you can organise your preparation.
Details about the tests, including how to register and prepare for the tests, can be found here. Further resources to help you prepare for the numeracy test can be found in the 'Course in detail' section below.
The equivalent of at least two weeks recent work experience with children, preferably in a primary or secondary setting is required. Applicants must meet all the Department for Education entry requirements for initial teacher education courses. (See School of Education website for details). Applicants from minority ethnic and other groups under-represented in the profession (including men in primary teaching) are particularly welcome.
For non-native speakers of English
IELTS 6.5 overall, with at least 6.0 in all four skills.