Entry Requirements

Apart from stamina, patience, integrity, humour and commitment there are one or two criteria that you will need in order to train to teach:

Statutory requirements for entry into teaching.

  • A good honours degree (usually 2:2 or above) in a related subject area, although this isn’t always a necessity
  • GCSE Mathematics and English, grade C or above
  • If you have significant experience in a related subject area and a degree in another discipline contact us and we will advise you
  • You’ll also need to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process and have passed them both before the start of the course (see here for more information).


School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior school experience or opportunities you have had to work with school aged children. It is at this point that we would discuss with you whether additional school experience would support you in your decision that teaching is right for you.

If you are considering applying to the Shires and would like to spend between one and five days in our partner schools, please register your interest here: Register your Interest.

For more information on eligibility for teacher training, click here.

If your qualifications are not listed, or you want specific advice please contact the University of Worcester Admissions Office by email: AdmissionsA@worc.ac.uk