You must have a minimum of a grade C in English language, mathematics and a science subject at GCSE level or equivalent, although we would prefer a grade B. You must have these when you apply. Acceptable science courses at GCSE level include physics, chemistry or biology. A dual award science is also acceptable. We will accept Core and Additional science each at grade C and a merit or higher in OCR science.
In total we require a minimum of five GCSEs grades A-C.
You must have been awarded (or be about to be awarded) a first degree (upper second class or above) in a relevant subject. This could be a National Curriculum subject or an area relevant to early childhood education. However other subjects at degree level will be considered. You must justify the relevance of your degree to the early years and primary age phase in your personal statement.
A satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau enhanced disclosure check. You must not previously have been barred from teaching or working with children and you must not have a criminal record.
You must meet the Secretary of States requirements for health and physical capacity to teach.
You must demonstrate that you have the intellectual and academic capabilities needed to meet the required QTS standards.
You must demonstrate that you can read effectively and are able to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.
You must possess the appropriate professional qualities, attitudes and values expected of a teacher.
Prior to application you should have spent at least one week in an early years setting (0-5 years) and at least one week in a Key stage 1 (5-7 years) setting. Each week of experience should be a continuous block and you must obtain a reference from one school and present it at the interview.
You must provide one academic reference. If you are about to graduate or have graduated within the past three years your main referee must be a university or college lecturer who can comment on your academic ability.
*If you acquired a degree overseas, we will need to see a full transcript of your award, along with details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution.