Teaching is a demanding profession both intellectually and academically and applicants are expected to have appropriate qualifications. They are also expected to achieve the Professional Standards for Teacher during the course of their training.
All entrants must have achieved the standard equivalent of a Grade C in GCSE English and GCSE Maths and all entrants wishing to train to teach pupils aged 3-11 must also have achieved the standard equivalent of a Grade C in GCSE Science.
In the case of graduate QTS courses of Initial Teacher Training, all entrants hold a first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification. A first degree comprises 300 HE credit points of which 60 must be at Level 6 of the NQF. Applicants with a foundation degree will need to supplement this qualification with at least 60 credits at Level 6 (HE Level 3) in order to attain an equivalent qualification.
As part of the provider’s selection procedures, applicants must take part in an interview designed to assess their suitability to teach. In order to be suitable any successful applicant must show that they:
- Have the intellectual and academic capabilities needed to meet the required QTS standards;
- Possess the appropriate qualities, attitudes and values expected of a teacher;
- Can read effectively and are able to communicate clearly and accurately in standard English;
- Have met the Secretary of State’s requirements for health and physical capacity to teach.
Before beginning on any training programme trainees are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure Check and other appropriate background checks.
The Teacher Standards
Initial Teacher Training is designed around assessing whether the trainee teacher has met the professional standards for teachers and so any provider will need to satisfy themselves that an applicant has a reasonable probability of reaching these standards during training.