Entry Requirements

Primary Teacher Training (fee funded and School Direct/salaried)

  • General Primary 5-11
  • General Primary 5-11 with Mathematics specialism
  • General Primary 5-11 with PE specialism
  • Considerations for overseas qualifications
  • What to do if you do not have the necessary GCSE results

Secondary School teacher training in Maths or Physics (links to another site)

Applicants for General Primary 5-11 (fee funded)

Chepping View Primary Academy School Centred Initial Teacher training (SCITT) offers a unique training route to attaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). We aim to attract the highest-quality candidates.

In order to train you must have:

  • A British Bachelor’s  degree or recognised equivalent qualification. Candidates in the final year of their degree are welcome to apply. An honours degree at 2.2 or above is preferred.
  • A GCSE grade C or above in English and mathematics ( or level 4 and above from 2017)
  • A GCSE grade C or above in a science (or level 4 and above from 2017)
  • Successful completion of both the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests prior to the course starting. We prefer that you have taken the tests or have booked them by the time you attend interview
  • A minimum of 2 weeks work experience is preferable, but not compulsory. (Many candidates have much more) Please contact us if you are interested in completing work experience in one of our partnership schools
  • Successful safeguarding and health checks prior to the course starting

Any course places offered will be conditional until original documentation has been seen. This is also the case for results pending.

Applicants for General Primary ‘School Direct’ (salaried)

In addition to the above, applicants should have  three years of  work experience, not necessarily all in a school. Successful salaried trainees will be paid as a full time unqualified teacher and will have been identified, through the selection process, as exhibiting the potential to be a good or outstanding teacher by the end of the programme. Salaried trainees will take on some class teaching responsibility from the beginning of the course.

Applicants for General Primary 5-11 with Maths specialism (tuition fee route)

In addition to the above, applicants should have a grade  B or above in ‘A’ level maths, or an equivalent qualification and a Honours degree at 2.2 or above. This course is fee funded, but there is a government bursary of £6,000 (2018-19) for successful candidates who have these qualifications.

Candidates who do not have a grade B or above in ‘A’ level maths, or an equivalent qualification may apply and be accepted, depending on the interview assessment. However, these candidates would not be eligible for a primary maths specialism bursary.

Applicants for Primary General 5-11 (with PE) tuition fee route

This course is fee funded. Candidates should have relevant experience of PE or sports coaching including working with children and can demonstrate their understanding of the issues surrounding healthy lifestyles for families. Candidates will need to have completed at least the ‘ASA Fundamentals of School Swimming’ prior to starting the programme.

Applicants for  school direct salaried Primary General 5-11 (with PE)

The criteria for both salaried places (see above) and for the Primary General 5-11(with PE) above apply to this course. There are very few places for this and it would be worth contacting us to discuss your application before you apply.

Overseas Qualifications

If you have studied outside of the UK, you should contact the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to obtain written confirmation that your qualifications are of an equivalent level to the required UK GCSEs and undergraduate degree. We can assist you if you have questions about this.

This process can be initiated online at: www.ecctis.co.uk/naric

If you do not have the necessary GCSE results:

If you have not passed English, Maths and Science GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent)  there are two options.

  1. Complete a  G.C.S.E qualification in the relevant subject and gain a C or above before the course starts.
  2. If you are confident that, with your current knowledge you may be able to pass an equivalency test (an officially recognised exam, prepared and externally assessed by a freelance equivalency testing service), then you can contact the agency below:

Equivalency Testing (for careers in teaching)
72 Walton Gardens
CM13 1EP

Tel : 01277 203336
E-mail: info@equivalencytesting.com
Web: www.equivalencytesting.com  

The test is not the same as a GCSE paper, but is considered equivalent for the purpose of a teacher training application.

An alternative agency is A*Star Teachers (020 7272 7070)

Work Experience

Before starting the course, you will need to have sufficient experience of being in a Primary school; to ensure that you have sufficient understanding of the profession you are applying to join and what Primary Teaching and classroom environments are like. In all cases, experience of a range of different schools and Primary age groups (Key Stage 1 and 2) are beneficial. It is an opportunity for you to ensure that this is the correct career path for you and, if completed before applying, will also provide valuable experience that will help to strengthen your application and performance at interview.

For fee-paying applicants a minimum of ten days experience in a primary school is expected, more is beneficial.

For School Direct (salaried) applicants a minimum of 3 years work experience is required (not necessarily full time or continuous); although this does not have to be in a Primary school environment, it is likely that you will have some significant experience in Primary classrooms since the competition for these places is high and the expectations of early teaching within the training year are higher.

The more classroom experience you gain, the better prepared you will be for the recruitment process as well as the training programme. You can contact any Primary School to request opportunities to visit and help in class as well as our own partner schools.