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Entry Requirements

The Qualifications You Need to Train To Teach are:


Maths at grade A*-C or Grade 4 or above
English Language at grade A*-C or Grade 4 or above
Science at grade A*-C or Grade 4 or above

We need to see your original GCSE certificates and cannot accept the statement of results- if you cannot find your GCSE certificates you need to apply to the individual exam boards for copies. All certificates must be produced before the start of the programme in September.

We now accept applications from those studying for their GCSE qualifications however you must provide evidence at interview that you are currently enrolled on a GCSE course and will receive your result by August 2022.


An Honours Degree (360 credits) at 2:2 or above**. For those with a Foundation degree this must be supplemented by at least 120 credits at HE level.

**Applications with a 3rd Class degrees may be accepted and will be considered on a case-by-case basis

GCSE Equivalencies

We Accept:

  • Level 2 BTEC (Pass or above)
  • O Level (Grades 1-6/A-C)
  • CSE (Grade 1 only)
  • SCE (Grades A-C)
  • SCE Standard Grade (Level 1-3)
  • NARIC recognised equivalents for candidates educated outside of the UK

We DO NOT Accept:

  • Level 2 Key Skills
  • Functional Skills
  • University equivalency tests

If you do not already hold the required GCSE qualifications, it is possible for you to complete an equivalency test in each of these subjects which we would accept. We recommend Equivalency Testing www.equivalencytesting.com who offer the option to complete revision courses with an allocated online tutor to mark your work and provide feedback, followed by an online equivalency test.


Whilst school experience is not an essential criteria for entry to initial teacher training, relevant experience is extremely valuable. It is therefore very important to gain as much experience as possible of working with children (preferably in an educational setting). It is also useful if this experience is with children of the age you wish to teach.

Overseas Qualifications

Overseas applicants are also welcome provided they have the required qualifications. Qualifications from within the European Economic Area (EEA) are generally accepted as UK equivalents. If you have qualifications from outside of the EEA the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC, www.naric.org.uk) will be able to advise you on whether your particular qualifications are equivalent to the minimum requirements and may also be able to provide certification where appropriate.

Police Check

You will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to verify that you do not have a background which would render you unsuitable to work with children.

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RCTTP has been successfully training teachers for over 15 years

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What people say

I was asked during my interview why I chose this training programme instead of any other. I thought it would give me the best training of any that I’d found and I stand by that even more now. The support and guidance I got was exemplary.


This course really is fantastic. I feel personally that I could not have been given a better start to my teaching career.


Trainees have stated to me that all sessions without exception have been valuable to them mainly because they felt the nature and the content of the sessions had been well thought out and prepared in detail making them highly relevant to their classroom experiences

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One of the many strengths the RCTTP course offers is the high standard of support to trainees and I am especially thankful for that and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this course


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