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Am I eligible to train to be a teacher?

The government sets entry requirements for those who wish to train to be a teacher. Providers of initial teacher training have to adhere to them: there is no flexibility.

We can tell you more during our free local briefing events in and around Leeds, Bradford, Keighley and Craven.

Entry requirements

You must have:

  • A first degree awarded by a university (our normal offer is at class 2:2 or above to access the PGCE). We would consider applicants with a Masters degree only but would need to assure ourselves that the award had sufficient breadth and rigour.
  • GCSE Grade C (4) in English, Maths and Science. (Equivalency tests for all subjects are accepted).
  • A first degree in the subject the candidate has applied to teach, (normal offer is Honours 2:2 or above to access the PGCE). Note, completion of M-level study elevates a Third-Class Honours degree to a 2:1 classification for the purposes of selection (predicted or acquired). If the degree isn’t subject specific, at least half of the degree modules studied should be subject specific and the candidate would ideally need to have an A-Level at Grade C or above in the subject to be eligible. Candidates with a degree from more than five years ago will need to access a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Programme (SKE).
  • GCSE Grade C (4) in English and Maths. (Equivalency tests are accepted).
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  • Applicants with overseas qualifications are welcome provided your qualifications are equivalent. You would need to check this with ENIC.

A recommendation:

  • To help you to become a great teacher and select the best age range for you to train in, we suggest a minimum of two-weeks experience of working with children or young people in an educational setting, e.g. school, nursery. We can help you get additional experience before you start your training IF you intend to select one of our training providers.  Talk to us about your experience to date and we can guide your next steps. Whilst we do not require experience, we strongly urge you to seek an opportunity in school. You can see how to get in touch with us on our contacts page.


Exceed SCITT believes safeguarding children is the number one priority. We are committed to promoting the safeguarding and welfare of all of our stakeholders and we expect all staff, trainee teachers and volunteers to share this commitment.

Robust and rigorous recruitment and selection processes are in place to safeguard the children in our schools. Our policies and procedures enable us to better deter, detect and reject people who might abuse children, or who are otherwise unsuitable to work with them.  

Successful applicants for ITT will need to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS), Fitness/Health Questionnaire, provide evidence of eligibility to work in the UK and evidence of qualifications. In some circumstances, online checks are also completed.

All applicants that have spent more than 3 months (working or living) outside the UK in the last five years, will be expected to provide a police check from those countries as evidence of good conduct. 

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Exceed SCITT, part of Exceed Academies Trust, is committed to becoming a Disability Confident Employer (Level 1). This means we are committed to making additional efforts to recruit, retain and develop individuals defined as disabled, in line with the Equality Act 2010.