The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course if you wish to begin studying with us in 2017. They should be used as a general guide.
We operate a flexible admissions policy – this means that you could receive a lower conditional offer than the typical offer, informed by our assessment of your complementary non-academic achievements and experiences. For courses that require interview or portfolio review, this may also be considered in the level of any conditional offer that follows if your application is successful.
Degree and experience
A good honours degree or equivalent, directly relevant to subject specialism.
If you hold a good honours degree in a science subject, but with less than 50% chemistry, you can undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (Chemistry) programme before starting the PGCE, to develop your subject knowledge. Depending on your need and circumstances, you can choose either a 24, 20, 16, 12 or 8–week programme and take part either face to face at the university, or via distance learning with an additional 15 hours of laboratory work at the university.
GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4)
At least English language and maths. In-house equivalence tests are available for suitable candidates.
Professional Skills Tests
The Department for Education has introduced Professional Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy 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, as you are limited to only three attempts per test. We recommend that postgraduate applicants have passed the tests before they come to an interview as this will give you a clear advantage. However, if you have not yet passed the tests but have a clear strategy in place, we may well 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 two 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 on the education.gov.uk website. Further resources to help you prepare for the numeracy test can be found in the 'Course in detail' section below.
- Applicants will be expected to demonstrate recent and relevant experience of children in secondary schools and understanding of what it is to be a teacher.
- All offers of places are subject to a satisfactory health check and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check.
- All applicants are required to attend an interview in person either at the Falmer campus or in one of our partner schools.
- Applicants from minority ethnic and other groups under-represented in the profession are particularly welcome.
For non-native speakers of English
IELTS 7.0 in all elements.