School Direct entry requirements
Applicants for School Direct primary must have the following qualifications:
- Honours degree (2.2 or higher), awarded by a UK university or an overseas award recognised as equivalent by NARIC.
- GCSE (or IGCSE) maths, English language and science at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the previous grading structure and at ‘O’ Level).
- Applicants from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band. This must be no more than two years old at the point of application. For country-specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.
NB We will accept one GCSE science qualification, biology, physics or chemistry or combined GCSE science - at grade 4 or above. Equivalency tests in lieu of GCSE maths, English language and science will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Applicants for whom this may apply are encouraged to contact the SD Primary ITE Admissions Tutor, Julia Mackintosh, J.Mackintosh@herts.ac.uk prior to submitting an application.
Applicants for School Direct secondary must have the following qualifications:
- Honours degree (2.2 or higher), awarded by a UK university or an overseas award recognised as equivalent by NARIC. For secondary trainees we would expect the degree to have a minimum 50% content of the subject in which the applicant is applying. However, applicants whose degree does not meet this requirement should contact us to discuss further at email@example.com.
- GCSE (or IGCSE) maths and English language at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the previous grading structure and at ‘O’ Level).
- Applicants from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band. This must be no less than two years old at the point of application. For country-specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.
NB Equivalency tests in lieu of GCSE maths and English language will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Applicants for whom this may apply are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to submitting an application.
Delayed confirmation of Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) funding for this year’s recruitment cycle: The government has made Initial Teacher Education Providers aware that it does not expect to confirm funding arrangements for SKE courses before the end of the 2020 calendar year. Where providers judge SKE to be required as a condition of offer, applicants must note that they would be required to pay for this commercially themselves if the government decides not to provide funded SKE courses. SKE providers will not be able to start any candidates on SKE courses until funding arrangements have been confirmed.
GCSE equivalent qualifications achieved overseas must be recognised as comparable to grades 4/C or above by NARIC. First degrees awarded overseas must also be recognised as equivalent to British honours degree by NARIC. This is known as a Statement of Comparability. Depending on the outcome, the ITE admissions team may require an applicant to produce an academic transcript listing full modules/subjects studied in order to make an admissions decision about comparability in relation to Standard and Honours degree classification.
We may require certified translations of certificates/documents issued in any language other than English. Please note this is likely to be an additional cost to the applicant. If unclear, applicants are encouraged to contact the ITE team prior to submitting an application email@example.com
If the qualifications have been taken abroad then you will need a Statement of Comparability from NARIC before applying for the programme. Visit NARIC for more information.
Please send a copy of the NARIC Statement of Comparability and your transcript for the degree or GCSE qualifications to David Ingledew, secondary (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Julia Mackintosh, primary (J.Mackintosh@herts.ac.uk) to be checked before your interview.
We will need to see the original copies of your qualifications. Prior to entry, we require applicants to upload scanned, colour copies, of their GCSE maths, English Language, and science certificates to our online ITE Portal so that we may verify academic entry requirements.
Applicants should locate their original maths, English language, science (for primary) and first degree certificates at the point of application. If unable to do so, applicants should apply directly to the awarding body/institution for confirmation of their results. In the case of GCSEs, applicants will need to apply for a certified statement of results. You may need to prove your identity and pay a fee.
Please note you may still submit an application to UCASTT while in the process of obtaining the replacement certificates.
Suitability to train to teach is assessed at interview. For School Direct routes, arrangements for an interview will be made by the Lead School. For further guidance please contact the Lead School.
Competency in fundamental English is assessed at interview.
Competency in fundamental English and maths form part of continual assessment over the ITE year.