Entry Requirements

What are the entry requirements for Initial Teacher Training?

Academic Qualifications: GCSEs & Degree

A GCSE pass at Grade C/ Grade 4 or above in English and Maths is required for Secondary candidates. Primary candidates also require a GCSE pass in Science at Grade C/ Grade 4 or above.

You must have already achieved, or must be in the process of achieving a degree from a UK Higher Education Institute or equivalent.

Overseas trained teachers will need to provide evidence that their qualifications allow them to teach in their own countries and that these qualifications are equivalent to UK qualifications (this information can be obtained from ENIC).

All applicants must have a degree from a UK Higher Education Institute or equivalent prior to the start of the course, achieving 2:2 or above. You will also need at least a Grade C (grade 4 or above) in English and Maths GCSE or equivalent. Secondary applicants may be asked to enrol on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course before they begin their training.

More information about these can be found here.

During the course throughout the course we will assess your literacy and numeracy skills to ensure competency as these skills are fundamental to a teacher’s role.

Relevant School Experience

School experience is not essential prior to starting your course with The Pioneers Partnership. However, if you would like to  gain this experience in order to provide an insight into the role of a teacher, please get in touch via any of the channels on our ‘Contact Us’ page- we will be happy to arrange this for you through one of our partner schools.


Pioneers Partnership pays regard to the Keeping children safe in education statutory guidance when carrying out our duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. We ensure all trainees have been subject to appropriate pre-selection checks. This includes obtaining and considering Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records checks and children’s barred list information.

A DBS Enhanced Disclosure check (previously known as a CRB check) is a compulsory requirement of any offer to study on courses where trainees may be placed in a position of trust working with children and/or vulnerable adults.  The DBS Service will carry out a check to confirm whether you have any criminal convictions, cautions or reprimands registered against you and you will not be able to start your teacher or early years training until we have received confirmation of your DBS clearance.

We have a responsibility to ensure that trainees have the health and physical capacity to train to teach and will not put children and young people at risk of harm.  Therefore you will be required to complete an Fitness questionnaire to ensure that your health does not constitute a barrier to the achievement of the programme learning outcomes or eligibility to apply for registration with the professional body. This will require the completion of a health questionnaire before or during the first few weeks of your course, followed by an occupational health screening appointment if required. Travel costs to appointments (which will be within the Greater Manchester area) will not be covered by the Pioneers Partnership.

People with disabilities or chronic illnesses may have the capacity to train to teach, just as those without disabilities or medical conditions may be unsuitable to train to teach.