Routes to QTS
What are the training routes available to me?
We have an interactive quiz that you can take that shows you all the possible routes to QTS. Alternatively, have a look at the graphic and links below.
GCSE Equivalency Tests
If you do not have English or Mathematics GCSEs at grade C/level 4 or above, you can still apply for teacher training, but we will require you to pass an equivalency test before we confirm any offer that we make. You are free to use any provider but we have worked with www.astarequivalency.co.uk in the past and recommend them.
If your secondary qualification and your degree were studied abroad in a non-English speaking country and you do not have an English GCSE as you studied it as a second language, you will need to sit the IELTS Academic test - our minimum requirement is for an overall score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 for Reading and 6.0 for Writing. If you undertook secondary education in a non-English speaking country but took your degree in the UK and you finished it in the last three years, we do not require you to sit the IELTS.
A pass in the test is equivalent to a GCSE grade C for the purpose of meeting course entry requirements.
SKE courses prior to your Initial Teacher Training? Click here to find out more.
BA or BEd with QTS
BA or BEd with QTS (usually a 2 or 3 year course). Click here for more information.
School Direct Non-Salaried PGCE
See information below about the School Direct (Tuition Fee) route to QTS.
School Direct Salaried
See information below about the School Direct Salaried route to QTS.
Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship
See information below about the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship.