Admission policy

The Department of Education positively encourages applications from all sections of the community.

It is vital that the teaching profession fully reflects our diverse and pluralistic society.

For entry to the PGCE course you must have a degree awarded by a United Kingdom university or other institution empowered to make such awards, or recognised equivalent qualifications, including overseas qualifications. We look for a strong academic background in the subject you wish to teach.

Candidates wishing to teach a  specific subject in schools would normally be expected to have studied that subject, or a very closely related one, to undergraduate degree level of at least 50% content of that degree. However, applicants graduating in other subjects are not automatically rejected, depending on the nature of the degree and the subject in question. Please see more information about appropriate degrees under each subject area.

All applicants must have obtained a GCSE (Grade C or Grade 4 or above) in English Language and Mathematics (or their equivalent) before commencing the course. The University does not offer its own equivalency test, but we will accept other qualifications if we are satisfied that they are equivalent.

If you hold overseas qualifications, you can check with the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC) whether the qualifications you hold are considered to be equivalent to those required for entry to the PGCE. For more information please contact UK NARIC on + 44 (0) 871 330 7033 or visit their website

In selecting candidates for interview, decisions will be informed by academic qualifications, your personal statement, previous relevant experience and your references. Candidates selected for interview will be interviewed in person. Please see also the criteria informing the interview selection process.

Suitability for teaching

It is a Government requirement that all trainees should have the health and physical capacity to teach and will not put children and young people at risk of harm. If you are offered a place on the PGCE course you will be asked to complete a self-disclosure fitness questionnaire. These medical questionnaires are checked by Occupational Health professionals.

Working with Children – declaration of criminal convictions

All trainee teachers in England and Wales have to undergo appropriate background checks before starting the course. This includes an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for all entrants and checks from similar bodies for those who have spent time living overseas. For more information on the DBS and criminal record checks, please visit their website. The  Department’s policy on background checks on PGCE students can be found here.

Page last modified: October 23, 2017