The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course and 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 any 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.
Access to HE Diploma
GCSE (minimum grade C)
at least three subjects, including English and maths. In-house equivalence tests are available for suitable candidates if these requirements have not already been achieved.
minimum one year full-time study at HE level OR 120 CATS points at level 1 in a relevant subject area.
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 you will not be able to enter training without having successfully completed them.
Candidates can book these tests in advance; the Department for Education strongly advises you to take the tests soon after you have submitted an application.
At the university we recognise that these tests present a real challenge to some candidates; we recommend that you prepare carefully before attempting them, as 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. Although having already passed the tests will 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 two to three 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 of the requirements, 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.
- You will need the equivalent of at least two weeks' recent work experience with children, preferably in a secondary setting.
For non-native speakers of English
IELTS 6.5 overall, at least 6.0 in all four skills.
- Applicants from minority ethnic and other groups under-represented in the profession, including men in primary teaching, are particularly welcome.