- GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English and mathematics
- An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent from a recognised university in (put in subject areas) or a closely related subject (Masters and PhDs also count towards entry requirements. A Masters degree will be considered as a second class upper degree and a PhD as a first. This will also apply to international applicants.)
Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their compatibility with the UK equivalent through NARIC
, who provide an advisory service.
English language requirement
If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The level of proficiency that is required can vary with the type of programme for which you are applying. For further advice on the appropriateness of overseas qualification and proficiency in the use of English, please contact our International Office
Extended Entry requirements
Suitability for the PGCE Secondary programme is judged on a range of factors including academic qualifications, ability to work with other people and a real interest in learning and teaching.
When selecting applicants for interview the admissions tutor will consider all parts of the application including personal statement
. You may find the personal statement and reference sections on the UCAS website useful.
A minimum of 10 days recent observation experience in a government funded UK school is required. This experience will need to have been completed either within 12 months prior to your application or within the academic year previous to the start of the course, whichever is the earliest. Applicants are expected to arrange visits to local schools, and to be able to discuss their observations of pupils and classrooms at interview. You will need to give details of your experience within your application. A further reference from the school will be required if you are offered a place on the course.
PST (QTS) Tests
All applicants will now need to gain their PST (QTS) tests
prior to the start of the course. Full details about these tests can be found at the previous link.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure
All offers made for this course are subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check.
- Once you have accepted your place you will receive a form to complete and return to the University;
- You will need to complete a DBS form with us even if you have recently completed one with another organisation;
- For those situations where a disclosure is reported via the Enhanced DBS check the case will be discussed by a DBS panel within the Faculty. Each case us discussed confidentially and a decision made as to whether the application can continue.
We also ask all applicants to complete a self disclosure form so that the University can consider suitability for programmes that involve contact with children and vulnerable adults. This form offers the opportunity to declare any criminal convictions prior to completing a DBS application.
In addition to this we will also ask for you to provide a letter of good conduct from any county you have resided in since the age of 18 (except UK or EU countries).
Please note that the requirements for working with children and vulnerable adults are changing. Applicants may be required to register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority. Information will be posted here as it becomes available.
Fitness to Teach health screening
- A confidential process which will assess each case individually;
- The assessment is an online questionnaire; you will receive instructions on how to complete the questionnaire once you have accepted your place;
- From your questionnaire you will either be declared as fit to teach or further information will be requested.
If you do not pass both the Criminal and Health screening areas satisfactorily, you will not be able to start a course with us.
All appropriately qualified candidates will be given equal consideration during the selection process. The University does not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, colour, disability, religion, nationality, age, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant distinction.