Frequently Asked Questions



What qualifications are required to apply for primary teacher training in the UK?

You will require:

  • GCSE English Language –  Grade 4/C or above (or equivalent qualification).*
  • GCSE Mathematics – Grade 4/C or above (or equivalent qualification).*
  • GCSE Science – Grade 4/C or above (or equivalent qualification).
  • A UK first degree (or equivalent) – normally 2.2 or better (or equiv.360 CAT points.)

Different teacher training providers may have their own entry criteria or stipulate further requirements regarding your degree.

* Please note Level 2 Adult Numeracy & Literacy are not accepted as an equivalent qualification.

I have qualifications from overseas – how can I find out the equivalent UK qualifications?

UK NARIC is the National Agency responsible for providing information, advice and expert opinion on qualifications worldwide. Overseas qualifications must be assessed by NARIC. You can contact them via their website

Other than qualifications, what are training providers looking for in candidates?

Candidates should be able to provide evidence of relevant experience of working with young people, preferably in the age group they wish to teach. Many successful applications are received from those who already work in support roles in schools such as Teaching Assistants.

You will need a clear enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate to teach students under 18 years of age.

What is the difference between the School Direct salaried and non-salaried routes?

On the School Direct salaried route you do not have to pay any fees for the training and you are employed by one of the partner schools for a maximum of one year. Before applying for the Salaried Direct programme, applicants must have the support of a school that is able to make a significant contribution towards their salaries. At the end of the training you gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), PGCE and the option of 60 M level credits. Significant school experience is preferred for this route.

The non-salaried route involves training in partnership with a Higher Education Institution (university). You would have to pay fees for this course, which are currently £9250. At the end of the course you gain a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), QTS and often M level credits.

What is the difference between QTS and a PGCE?

QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) is the accreditation that enables you to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales.

A PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education) is an additional academic qualification which includes QTS. Some PGCE courses count towards a Masters in Education course

ITT Partners and general links:

These useful links provide further information on training routes/teacher resources and local supporting universities of teacher training.

The Cambridge Teaching Schools Network SCITT
Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT
Department for Education logo School Experience Programme – Get into teaching
  Apply for Teacher Training
  University of East Anglia
Image result for university of cambridge logo  Faculty of Education – University of Cambridge