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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 and Keighley.

Entry requirements

You must have:

  • A first degree awarded by a university at class 2:2 or above. If you have a third-class degree, and have completed a Masters degree you would be eligble to apply. We would consider applicants with a Masters degree only but would need to assure ourselves that the award had sufficient breadth and rigour.
  • In exceptional circumstances an applicant with a 3rd Class Honours degree may be offered an interview if they are currently employed in a school. The Head Teacher of the employing school must provide a reference confirming that they consider the applicant able to manage the academic requirements of the programme.
  • GCSE Grade C (4) in English, Maths and a science subject. (Equivalency tests are accepted).
  • Applicants with overseas qualifications are welcome provided your qualifications are equivalent. You would need to check this with NARIC.

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 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 is on our contacts page.


Exceed SCITT believes safeguarding children is the number one priority for our SCITT community. 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. Successful applicants will need to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS), Pre-ITT Health Questionnaire, provide evidence of eligibility to work in the UK and evidence of qualifications. 

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.