If you would like your teacher training to be based at a school where you can be fully immersed in the life of a teacher from day one, a school-led training course is for you. Within our alliance, we cater for both graduates and career changers who want hands-on training in a school environment.

What are the entry requirements?


You should have, or anticipate having, a good honours degree (2.1 or above) in a subject appropriate to teaching.  If you have a degree but don’t think it’s relevant to any subject on the curriculum, you can contact us for further advice.

Any offer of a place on the programme is made conditional on satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) and a satisfactory Fitness to Teach Declaration.


To start teacher training you’ll need GCSEs (grade C or above) or their equivalent in English, maths and science.


Skills tests

It is a government requirement that you take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. You must have passed them both before the start of the course. These tests do not replace the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement and you will still need these qualifications.

Before you take the tests

The Department of Education (DfE) has developed supporting materials to help candidates understand and prepare for the tests. The DfE website also has practice tests available to familiarise yourself with the tests. It is recommended that you only book your tests once you are confident and have a sound grasp of the skill required to pass the test. You can visit the dedicated section of the DfE from the following link:

Professional Skills Test Website

Book your test

You can book your skills tests once you have submitted your application through UCAS Teacher Training. You can book in advance of this as long as an application is submitted before you attend the test centre.

Before booking a skills test you will need to register online. Login details will be issued within two working days, enabling access to the skills tests booking pages where you can book and manage appointments and view your testing history. If you require special arrangements for your tests you must state this when prompted when you register online for the skills tests. Candidates can apply for 25% extra time when registering online for the skills tests. For all other special arrangements, tests can only be booked by contacting the skills test helpline. Do not book a standard test online first.